Ron Bailey Asks: Does the Royal Baby Deserve Genetic Privacy?


In July, much of the world was thrilled by the birth of George Alexander Louis to the couple William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor and Catherine Elizabeth, née Middleton. The newborn stands third in line to be monarch of the rump remains of the British Empire. In June, the London Times published a front-page scoop unearthing "the Indian ancestry of William." Turns out the person second in line to the throne has a surprisingly multi-ethnic heritage. This leads Ron Bailey to ask, does the royal baby—or any of us—deserve genetic privacy?