The Australian Women’s Weekly – apparently now the go-to source for News Ltd papers and websites – has another gem: Paula Hitchcock, Australia’s richest love child, speaks out. Except she doesn’t. Her mum, Shari-Lea, does all the talking, except for one quote from the 12-year-old Paula about how her mum makes her laugh, and they like the same clothes and shoes. Wow, seriously, stop the presses. (Yes, I know that’s a terrible cliche, but it fits in with my ribbing.)
My issue with this isn’t the article in the AWW – it’s the way it’s been reported by News.com.au:
ILLEGITIMATE daughter of tycoon Richard Pratt emerges into the public spotlight for the first time.
At the Daily Telegraph it’s just as bad:
PAULA Hitchcock, illegitimate child of the late billionaire Richard Pratt, is mature for her 12 years.
Illegitimate? What, is it 1940?