The fake town crier who duped the world's media announcing the birth of Prince William and Kate's new baby says he was stunned at the reaction to his role.
Tony Appleton, from East London, has admitted he had no royal seal of approval to announce the birth of Prince George outside St Mary's Hospital in London on Monday.
"I was not invited, I just crashed the party. I got out of my cab and I stood in front of the steps, because I didn't think I would be allowed on them, and did my bit - It was great," Mr Appleton told Yahoo.
"It was a great atmosphere, it's like the Olympics."
Mr Appleton said he was a town crier in a commuter town east of London and a market town in southeastern England but not Buckingham Palace.
The self-proclaimed "royalist" said he turned up after a journalist tipped him off that the Duchess of Cambridge had given birth.
Dressed in period costume, Mr Appleton fooled not only the hordes of media but security, who simply assumed he was from the palace and did not check him.
Mr Appleton wound up being broadcast around the world, with CNN, MSNBC and numerous Australian news outlets reporting his role as if he had a bonafide role in proceedings.
Mr Appletone, who also makes appearances at weddings and birthdays, said he was stunned when he saw his face in the news.
"I can't believe it, I've opened up the newspapers and my face is all over them," he said.
Author: Alys Francis. Approving editor: Emily O'Keefe.