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Which Pregnant Kate Middleton 'Royal Pain' Pun is the Best (and Worst)?

By Jean Bentley, Hollywood.com Staff

When you write for a living, especially about beloved child stars going off the deep end or the demise of long-term relationships, you really need to savor the simple joys in life. So it's hard to blame the celebrity news headline writers who jumped on Kate Middleton's happy baby news (and kinda sad hospitalization news) with the most obvious pun of all: ""royal pain.""

She's a Duchess, and she's in extreme pain. GET IT?! (Question: Is that what the USA show is about?)

We should not begrudge these poor SEO-seeking editors the satisfaction of a pun well done. No, we should celebrate those who embraced their cheesiness so fully and without apology.

The clear winner in this pun-off is Salon's Laura Miller, who not only used the phrase in question, but also squeezed in a play on the Duchess' maiden name with ""Kate's middle is in royal pain."" A job well done, really.

The New York Daily News got playful too, going with ""Kate Middleton morning sickness will be a royal pain,"" while Fox News livened up its report on Middleton's extreme morning sickness with ""Royal Pain: What is hyperemesis gravidarum?""

It's hard to believe only three outlets went for the easy pun, especially when there is so much potential there. Your turn: What's your favorite punny royal baby headline? Or have you come up with a better one?

Follow Jean on Twitter @hijean



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