For years, a handful of German weekly magazines have capitalised on the fact that the House of Windsor does not sue by publishing a steady stream of made-up stories about the British royal family.
But the most daring in the long line of concoctions came last week when Frau mit Herz magazine (Woman with Heart) splashed with: “World sensation! Elizabeth to abdicate.”
According to the Times, the title’s editor could not be reached to explain where the story came from. One rival editor says it’s all above board: “We get the photos in, we look at the facial expressions and put two and two together. We’re not pulling the wool over readers’ eyes.”