The Daily Mail has gone totally nuclear on Prince Andrew this morning, accusing him of being a 'spoilt oaf' who is trying to 'wreck' the newfound love of all things royal in the United Kingdom.
Writer Christopher Wilson has launched a scathing attack on Andy, effectively cataloguing every offence he has ever given, apparently outraged by the fact that he had an "intemperate outburst" at the police officers who stopped him in Buckingham Palace last week who were, "after all, were only doing their job."
Wilson points out that when the Government’s chief whip Andrew Mitchell swore at officers last year, he "paid with his career. Prince Andrew did very much the same — and instead received a cringing apology from Scotland Yard."
Then it's off to the races with a long catalogue of Andrew's many failings, which, despite myself, I read every word of.
A small taster:
An undercover tabloid reporter, who some years ago infiltrated Buckingham Palace to get a job as a footman, found that the servants tasked with opening the royal curtains each morning in the Prince’s bedroom were invariably greeted with a testy ‘f*** off’.
To Andrew, it would appear, rudeness is a way of life — whether you are high-born or from below stairs.
On one occasion, Margaret Thatcher’s deputy prime minister Willie Whitelaw engaged him amiably in conversation only to report later: ‘He talked to me as if I was his blasted caddy!’