A sign of the times home

No matter who you are, you cannot hide from apostrophell.

I thought that changing our Saturday newspaper to The Times, after the illiteracy and bigotry that was the staple of our previous Saturday paper - the Daily Mail, would decrease the chances of errors like this appearing:

It was raining cats and dogs for the Princes' visit to celebrate the serial's fourtieth anniversary
The Times, Saturday 9th December 2000, front page.

Error: the word princes' appears, meaning belonging to several princes, when the desired meaning is belonging to the prince

The correct word should be: prince's.

This is a situation where proof reading should have immediately flagged the problem. Shall we excuse it as a typographical error? or are they actually ignorant?

17 December 2000
Ashley Frieze