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Murdoch’s World by David Folkenflik

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“AS BAD AS WE FEARED”

BACK IN NOVEMBER 2005, THE News of the World had published a brief item about a royal limb out of joint. Prince William had to put off a mountain rescue course after pulling a tendon in a soccer practice with schoolchildren. He had been “crocked by a ten-year-old,” the paper’s royals editor, Clive Goodman, reported.

“He has to wear a knee brace if he wants to do anything other than walk, to stop it getting any worse,” one friend of the prince had “confided.” The economical, 156-word article detailed the injury, the circumstances, the location, the hospital, the course of treatment, and the inside joke from a friend about ...

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