Will and Kate Take N.Y.: How the Morning Shows Covered
The broadcast networks all covered the royal fever in the Big Apple
A British invasion is underway in New York, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aka Prince William and Kate Middleton, making their first trip to the Big Apple.
The royal couple's three-day U.S. visit was a hot topic on both ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today and a news story on CBS This Morning.
All three networks showed footage of the couple arriving at the Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan's Upper East Side on Sunday night to screaming fans and flashing cameras before recapping the royal itinerary: William is meeting with President Obama in D.C. before returning to New York for a wildlife preservation meeting with the Clintons. Meanwhile Kate is staying in the city, going to Harlem's Northside Center for Childhood Development and helping to gift-wrap presents. The couple will reunite tonight at Brooklyn's Barclays Center where they will watch LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Brooklyn Nets, possibly sitting with Jay Z and Beyonce. Both GMA and Today noted that the Carlyle Hotel was one of Princess Diana's favorite New York hotels and that the couple flew commercial, albeit first class, to New York.
Good Morning America aired two segments on William and Kate's visit, with the show's news anchor Amy Robach reporting on the couple's agenda, and how Kate is following in Diana's footsteps, from inside GMA's Times Square studios. Both segments also included taped reports, with Robach speaking to British ambassador to the U.S., Sir Peter Westmacott in the first, newsier look at what the couple would be doing. Robach reported that while Kate is on the mend from her extreme morning sickness during her first few months of pregnancy, an ambulance travels with them at all times. And although security is tight, the NYPD has declined to discuss costs or details. But Westmacott shared some insights into striking the right balance between protecting the royal couple and allowing them to fully enjoy their visit.
In her second report, during GMA's eight o'clock hour, Robach spoke to Princess Diana's chief of staff, Patrick Jephson, about her first visit to New York. Following this report, which was preceded with a "The Royal Visit" graphic, co-host Lara Spencer advised anyone who happens to run into the royal couple that you're encouraged but not required to bow or curtsey.
On Today, NBC News national correspondent Kate Snow reported on the royal couple's agenda from outside the Carlyle Hotel, shortly after William left for his meeting with Obama. Today also noted what Kate wore and spoke to the Carlyle Hotel ambassador about what it was like when Diana stayed at the hotel. Today also took viewers inside the Northside Center for Childhood Development, where kids were already busy making decorations for Kate, but they weren't quite sure who would be visiting them, with one of the supervisors saying the kids were expecting Frozen character Elsa. Today added that William is set to visit the Empire State Building tomorrow, and Kate has said she might join him.
For its second segment on the royals, Today brought in Piers Morgan, who offered some insights into why Americans are fascinated by the British royal couple. Morgan said Will and Kate are "the biggest stars in the world."
"Jay Z and Beyonce will think they're the biggest couple in the world and they'll get blown away," Morgan added of tonight's basketball game. Morgan also shared advice for those lucky enough to be sitting courtside with William and Kate: Be yourself, but be polite. And Matt Lauer showed off his attempt at a British accent.
CBS This Morning only had one two-and-a-half-minute segment on Will and Kate, with Mark Phillips reporting on the couple's agenda and how they'll be received by U.S. fans from outside the Northside Center in Harlem. Phillips spoke to fans staking out the hotel and a royal watcher and said if the visit is a test of William and Kate's popularity in the U.S., they've already passed. He reported that courtside tickets next to Will and Kate at tonight's Nets game are being scalped for close to $17,000.