Sunday, 2 January 2011

The Royal We...

I could not for the life of me resist this lah-di-dah and highfaluting story that appeared in today’s Daily Mail about the apparently cannabis-smoking and tattooed uncle of Kate Middleton who is on the provisional guest list for her Royal Wedding to Prince William this year.

Gary Goldsmith (nice name), the younger brother of Kate’s mother Carole, has been welcomed back into the family fold ahead of the Royal event of the decade: Oh don’t you just love a real fairy tale ending?”

What a big deal is this, and are we really bothered, especially when one thinks and recalls the crap that comes out of the mouth of HRH Prince Philip consort and current sleeping partner to the Queen. As the Duke of Edinburgh, and husband of the British monarch, Prince Philip has earned the notorious reputation of putting his royal foot into his ever so regal mouth. Here are some alleged sayings:

(1) His Highness won the support of the Race Relations Board during his 1999 visit to an electronics company near Edinburgh, when he pointed to a fuse box and remarked, 'It looks as though it was put in by an Indian.'

(2) The Duke's understanding of the problems of the working classes was demonstrated at the height of the recession in 1981, when he remarked, 'Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed.'

(3) In 1993, the Duke comforted the residents of Lockerbie by telling them, 'People usually say that after a fire it is water damage that is the worst. We are still trying to dry out Windsor Castle.' His unswerving support for the Scots was also evident in 1995, when he asked a Scottish driving instructor, 'How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?'

(4) But the Duke's affinity with the common people extends far beyond the confines of the UK. During a trip to Canada he was heard to say, 'We don't come here for our health. We can think of other ways of enjoying ourselves.' In 1993, he told a Briton in Hungary, 'You can't have been here that long - you haven't got a pot belly.'

(5) His Highness' finest hour, however, remains his legendary remark to British students in China in 1986 - 'If you stay here much longer you'll all be slitty-eyed.'    

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