ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only one thing the Daily Mail likes more than the latest immigrant statistics to brighten up a page: totty, preferably of the royal variety.
So shots of world champion show-jumper and BBC Sports personality of the year Zara Phillips wearing a Ã¢â‚¬Å“less than flattering outfitÃ¢â‚¬ made it into last FridayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s paper and its website under the headline Ã¢â‚¬Å“Zara Phillips shows off her fuller figureÃ¢â‚¬¦Ã¢â‚¬
But it seems Mail readers are less then happy with the paperÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s treatment of the QueenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s granddaughter Ã¢â‚¬’ not that you would know it at first.
The first three reader comments on the online story, the only ones visible without further clicking, are fairly tame: Amberdallas, from Texas, now apparently part of middle England, says Phillips Ã¢â‚¬Å“looks gorgeous andÃ¢â‚¬¦ healthy; Marcie, of Florida, says PhillipsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ non-flab Ã¢â‚¬Å“looks like muscle and womanly curves from hereÃ¢â‚¬; Ã¢â‚¬Å“NormalÃ¢â‚¬¦ and lovely!Ã¢â‚¬ says Sue Timbers from Baldock, Bedfordshire.
But on the Ã¢â‚¬Å“view moreÃ¢â‚¬ section of comments, Sneeze in Shropshire writes: Ã¢â‚¬Å“In this day and age, when we are talking about size 0 models starving themselves to Ã¢â‚¬Ëœlook goodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ but ruining their health, you go and give totally the wrong impressionÃ¢â‚¬¦Ã¢â‚¬
Suzanni in Ireland says: Ã¢â‚¬Å“What an unpleasant and disappointing attitude to adopt towards a world-class athlete.Ã¢â‚¬
Angie in Minnesota goes even further: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I see absolutely nothing wrong with her figure! She looks healthy, strong, and confidentÃ¢â‚¬¦ This article is just ridiculous.Ã¢â‚¬
Axegrinder wishes her well in this weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s World Equestrian Championships and suggests that she lays off the chips.