Peak media interest in royals

Last updated 18:42 03/04/2014

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If British media interest is any measure Will and Kate (and baby George) are seven times more popular than Charles and Camilla.

When Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, popped over in late 2012, eight British journalists were assigned to them.

When Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, touch down in Wellington on Monday, about 56 British scribes will be poised over their keyboards, waiting to capture their every move.

They will be part of an overseas contingent of about 120, made up of the British, about 20 freelancers, and 40 to 50 or so from the United States, Australia, Japan, and international news agencies.

Journalists have to be accredited for the tour, which is blanketed in tight security.

About 350 New Zealand journalists have been accredited, Visit Office media manager Allen Walley said.

On a 10-day tour royal couple will visit Wellington, Blenheim, Auckland, Hamilton, Cambridge, Dunedin, Queenstown and Christchurch.

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