The trusting, often intimate, relationship between Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, including their shared remorse over the death of the Princess of Wales, is revealed in transcripts of conversations between the two leaders, under a freedom of information request.
While we wait for Kate and William to emerge on the steps of the Lindo wing at St Mary's hospital with royal baby in arms, another memorable image on the very same steps springs to mind.
Why does anyone dream about being a princess? Traditionally, they make the dullest of movie heroines: skipping around being sweet and innocent, falling victim to wicked stepmothers, waiting to be transformed by the magnificent attention of a handsome prince.
15 years ? Where did they go ?