A right royal balls up
Following the comment
from Java Richo
that "No doubt Her Majesty will reward
(Jakartass) in Her New Years honours list
", I suppose I ought to give you a full (blue
) blooded brown
First up is the exciting news that Bonny Prince Charlie
is about to tour the good ol' USA with the rather gloomy hope that people will appreciate him better when he is dead.It is, by common consent, a worthy but dull itinerary. Clarence House
(the official residence he shares with his true love, Camilla) describes the visit as "soft diplomacy" - which may be needed at the White House, meeting a president whose views on a whole range of issues, including Iraq, global warming and climate change, tally not at all with those of the prince.
You see, Charles is really interested in the plight of we little peopleReferring to Poundbury, the Dorset village
(Prince Charles) has built in traditional style, and a programme for helping older downsized workers back into employment, he says: "What I've tried to do is to put my money where my mouth is as much as I can ... by actually creating models on the ground."
No doubt to house the 'downsized workers'.
Elsewhere, yesterday Charlie's second son, William, made a right royal "prat" ~ his word, not mine ~ of himself when he visited Charlton's training ground. Obstensibly, as president-designate of the Football Association, he went to Sparrows Lane in New Eltham to see at first hand how the award-winning community scheme is preparing the potential football stars of the future
.Prince William started off by taking part in the community scheme's coaching sessions, involving more than 100 local kids, and was asked to go in goal for a penalty shoot-out.
"You can really see that the kids love it; they've been having a really good time and been laughing at me looking like a prat," joked the prince, who initially wore a rugby top in the Eton house colours of royal blue and fawn, but later donned a home Charlton shirt with 'Wales W' and the number two on the reverse. William looked out of breath after his brief workout with the Premiership stars and admitted:
"After that I can tell you I'm not as fit as I thought I was.
"Charlton have a really good bunch of guys,
" he continued.
"The community work here is just awesome. Everyone working here is just fascinating - they do such a great job.
(So let's hope we can beat Bolton
And now you know.Jakartass is a royalist at heart.
Is that the glint of the royal sword I detect?
"Arise, Sir Jakartass?"
Or is it the guillotine?