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Prince William praises BBC newsreader Simon McCoy for his royal baby coverage saying he “got it just right”

The Duke of Cambridge praised BBC newsreader Simon McCoy for his coverage of the birth of Prince George back in 2013 it has been revealed.

Mr McCoy, who departed the BBC on Thursday after 18 years at the broadcaster, recalled his encounter with Prince William when reminiscing of his best moments over the years.

In 2013, Mr McCoy was positioned outside of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital reporting on the birth of the royal baby and future heir to the throne.

Sardonic comments he made included: “Well, plenty more to come from here of course. None of it news because that will come from Buckingham Palace. But that won’t stop us.”

As coverage continued throughout the day waiting for an announcement, the newsreader said: “‘We will be speculating about this royal birth with no facts at the moment.”

Recalling his reporting of Prince George’s birth, Mr McCoy joked that he will always now be known for “standing outside that wretched hospital talking about something that wasn’t news.”

He revealed that he spoke to the Duke of Cambridge shortly after, with the prince being full of praise.

McCoy said: “I spoke to William afterwards and he said that they loved the baby stuff.

“I said Your Royal Highness, you mean the birth of your son?

“And he said: ‘yes it was great, we were watching it inside – you got it just right'”.

Simon McCoy has been a senior news presenter at the BBC for 18 years. Prior to this, he was royal correspondent at Sky News.

Mr McCoy will soon join new television channel GB News as an afternoon presenter.