The Royalist

09.06.12

Underwhelmed by Andy

Reaction to Abseiling Andy

One person who wasn't impressed by Prince Andrew's abseil down the Shard: writer Grace Dent.

In the Independent she writes:

"As Prince Andrew "Airmiles Andy", fourth in line to the throne, dangled precariously this week on abseiling ropes from a 1,000ft drop at the top of the Shard, Britain was wholly underwhelmed. We didn't really care. Crowds of commoners did not amass on the South Bank with supportive banners, posies of flowers and hot sweet drinks to soothe his post-descent shock. Traffic-calming tactics were not necessary. No comedy video of "dangling Andy" lit up the worldwide web, like when Boris was momentarily caught on a zip-wire causing several newsrooms to down tools helpless in mirth. No #andyonarope hashtag topic trended on Twitter. There was no emoticon available to express how little we could be arsed. Andy came, Andy rappelled, Andy went home again to carry on whatever it is he bloody does. He's 53 next February and still neither he nor we are sure."

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail pointed out that had Airmiles Andy been travelling by his usual mode of transport, he'd have earned one-sixth of an airmile.