Those insensitive Prince Harry comments just keep coming.
Last night we had a BBC3 documentary called 'Frontline Afghanistan' in which the Prince said: "As soon as we get a shout, whatever it is, we all run to the aircraft, and at that point you have the taste of blood in your mouth."
Oh dear, dear, dear.
The Dutch Queen has handed over power to her son - but the British Queen never will
The abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands yesterday has once again rekindled speculation that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth might abdicate, allowing her son Charles to accede to the throne before old age catches up with him.
Although he is being allowed to implement changes already, Charles is known to be frustrated by his long wait for power (aged 64 he now has the unhappy distinction of being the longest-serving monarch-in-waiting in British history), but he fully accepts that bar some unforeseen disaster that made it impossible for his 86 year-old mother to carry on, the chances of the Queen of England abdicating remain at absolute zero, insiders say.
Netherlands' Queen Beatrix, left, and Crown Prince Willem Alexander, right, are seen on stage during Queen's Day celebrations in Rhenen, Netherlands on April 30, 2012. (Pool Photo by Robin Utrecht)
“The Queen dedicated herself to 'a life of service' when she made her 21st birthday speech in South Africa,” a senior courtier – who refuses to even utter the word ‘abdication’ - tells the Daily Beast, “The word ‘life’ is the important bit.”
What's that loud coughing noise coming from Prince Charles's rooms?
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has officially abdicated in favor of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander.
The 75-year-old monarch made the announcement live on TV a few minutes ago, at 7pm local time.
Queen Beatrix has been head of state since 1980, when her mother abdicated, who herself succeeded Queen Wilhelmina, who abdicated in 1948 at the age of 68.
The two radio presenters who hoaxed a hospital into divulging details of Kate Middleton's condition - believed to be a contributory factor in the suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha - are to keep their jobs, the media company Austereo announced today.
However the breakfast show they were working on has been axed and will be replaced by a show called The Bump. Given that global interest in a baby bump is arguably at the root of all the trouble, the name seems rather odd. But whatever.
Mel Greig and Michael Christian are still on leave. "We look forward to Mel and MC returning to work when the time is right, in roles that make full use of their talents," Austereo chief executive Rhys Holleran said today in a statement.
Prince Harry's ill-advised interview will probably not be held up to future generations of PR professionals as a how-to, and now it seems it has even angered senior figures in the army.
Senior officers are not particularly stressed by his comparison of killing people with computer games, but they are pissed that Harry said he would rather be on the ground in Helmand than flying an Apache attack helicopter.
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“My choice would have been back out on the ground with my regiment,” he said in one interview, “For me it’s not that normal because I go into the cookhouse and everyone has a good old gawp, and that’s one thing that I dislike about being here."
Prince Harry hit the town Saturday night (and didn't get home till 10AM Sunday morning)
Isn’t it great that in the middle of a depressing, slushy January in London, Prince Harry is back town, and apparently keen to spread a little sunlight into our days with a stunning return to form where his nightlife habits are concerned?
“I have always said work hard, play hard,” said Prince Harry in his BBC interview filmed in Afghanistan, and, after 20 weeks without alcohol flying Apache’s on the front line, the prince was apparently keen to put his maxim into action.
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Indeed, for veteran Harry-watchers the only surprise was that it took three whole days before he was spotted out on the town with the red paint. For although Harry had said that what he was really looking forward to was some quiet time hanging out with his brother and Kate, few were entirely shocked that Saturday night found him at a house party in Fulham, London, which he didn’t leave until 10:00am on Sunday morning.
Ship the X-boxes home - Harry won't be heading back to Afghanistan.
Although Harry 28, said he would love to return to the front line, he has likely seen his last spell of active service.
His Apache squadron is not due to return to Helmand before the pull-out of combat troops at the end of 2014, and, according to The Telegraph, that pretty much rules out a return to the front line as there is no way he would be allowed to serve as a regular foot soldier.
A military source told the Telegraph: “There are five Apache squadrons and because Prince Harry’s squadron has just returned, it would not be due to go back for another 20 months, by which time combat troops will have pulled out. It’s highly unlikely that he will return for any other reason, though it is theoretically possible that he could be asked to go back if another co-pilot falls ill or due to other unforeseen circumstances. You can never say never."
Harry is ready for action, and ices, any time...
Prince Charles has never shied away from getting down with the kids, and he was up to his old tricks on the streets of South London yesterday, when he was accosted by a group of local kids armed with cell phones and Dre headphones who co-erced the champion of the double-breasted suit into an impromptu photo shoot.
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Charles was was visiting the Oval cricket ground and the youths were all working with his charity, The Prince’s Trust.
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The royal family are in fact German, so maybe this should come as no surprise. But still...
British PM David Cameron has stirred up a hornets' nest by saying the people of Britain are to be offered a referendum on whether or not they want to stay in the European Union.
German tabloid newspaper Bild has now had its say - and urges the UK not to leave, in part because they love the royal family.
The Bild says: "Some even speak of expulsion and want the friends of mint sauce and those who drive on the left completely out of the EU. But dear Britons, please stay! You are so crazy. We need your opposition, your obstinacy rather than a united Europe. And above all, we love your quirky Royals! Your punk! Your sense of humor!" (Translation via the Telegraph)
Camilla Parker-Bowles has clearly not given up on her dream to be Queen Camilla, saying, "You never know" when asked if she would one day bear the title.
Camilla was responding to a question not from a seasoned royal reporter (cough, cough) but to a question form a six year-old.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visits St Mary's R. C. Primary School in Battersea (Jeremy Selwyn / WPA / Getty Images)
The Evening Standard reported that she made the comment on a trip to a London school.
The remark came just three months after Charles published information on his website specifying that Camila would be known as 'Princess Consort' instead of 'Queen Consort' - usually abbreviated to Queen when he accedes to the throne. But privately Prince Charles has for many years made no secret of the fact to his trusted inner circle that he wants her to be crowned Queen of England when he finally ascends to the throne.
This, as Charles has pointed out to allies and senior courtiers, would have been entirely in accordance with tradition - and British constitutional law. But Camilla has always been a special case, owing not so much to the fact that she is a divorcee as to public affection for Princess Diana, whom, despite her own love affairs, the British public for the most part still perceive as grossly and tragically wronged by the continuance of Charles and Camilla’s relationship after the Royal wedding in 1981. Diana famously described Camilla as the third person in her marriage.
Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip were encouraged in no small part to sanction the marriage of Charles and Camilla because at the time of their wedding, Charles’s office announced that when Charles ascended to the throne, Camilla would be known as “HRH Princess Consort”.
But, in recent years, Charles had appeared to be quietly looking to row back on that understanding and for Camilla’s position to be completely regularised upon his ascension, and for her to be crowned Queen.
In November 2010, the gossip reached the ears of NBC’s Brian Williams, who had been lined up for an interview with Charles to mark the engagement of William and Kate.
He guilelessly ask Charles: Would the Duchess of Cornwall become Queen if and when he came to the throne?
Charles looked utterly flabbergasted to be confronted with what is likely to be the very first controversy of his reign and stammered a reply: “Er, that’s, that’s, we’ll see, won’t we? But, er, that could be.”
“That could be.” Those three words confirmed what many had suspected all along, that the “Princess Consort” formulation was just a ruse to soften up the British public and get them used to Camilla, and to get the wedding past his parents, but that when the crunch came, Charles would simply go ahead as he had always planned and annoint Camila as his Queen.
These latest unguraded comments only confirm that Charles and Camilla continue to harbour hopes that she will one day be Queen, despite the public denials.
Where will the playboy Playstation Prince celebrate?
Prince Harry finally arrived back in London late last night after four months away, and although he insisted he would be having a quiet reunion with his brother and Kate behind closed doors, we just know it won't be long till the playboy Playstation prince is out on the town again.
The staff in uniform at Bodo's Schloss (Dave M. Benett / Getty Images)
The town’s nightclub promoters are crossing their fingers and toes and hoping that, when he does hit the nightlife circuit, theirs will be the club with which Prince Harry will celebrate his return to active partying duty.
So where is he likely to go? And, given that the 28-year-old Prince has once again been lamenting the difficulty of finding a suitable bird—“I don’t think you can ever be urged to settle down. If you find the right person and everything feels right, it takes time. Me and my brother, ain’t ever going to find someone that would jump into the position,” he said in his BBC interview—who will be on his arm?
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Says he is 'longing' to see William and Kate
Prince Harry landed back in the UK tonight and appeared to confirm he had killed during his tour of duty, and added that he was 'longing' to catch up with William and Kate 'behind closed doors' in a reunion to which the media 'aren't invited'.
His loathing of the press was obvious when he openly scoffed at a reporter who asked him whether the impending birth had caused him to 'reflect on his own destiny' by bumping him down the order of succession.
During a five minute interview at RAF Brize Norton he also gave a far more diplomatic answer when asked if he had 'killed Taliban' on duty, saying he was just doing his job. There was no repetition of the crass comments made in a BBC documentary earlier this week which was filmed in Afghanistan when he compared warfare to computer games. and twice said he operated around the principle, "Take a life to save a life."
After landing at the RAF base in Oxfordshire, he was told that headlines had quoted him saying he killed Taliban insurgents and was asked: "Is that what happened?"
Paul Emsley defended his picture and said people should go and see it in real life
You can say that again, pal!
The artist who painted the much-mocked first official portrait of Kate Middleton has defended his work, saying that one of the reasons it has received so much abuse is because it doesn't photograph well.
Paul Emsley told Hello magazine: "At first the attacks were so vicious that there was a point where I myself doubted that the portrait of the Duchess was any good. But now I've had time to reflect, I am still happy with it and am getting on with my life. There is nothing I would have changed…I believe half the problem is the portrait doesn't photograph well and I would encourage people to go and see it [at the National Portrait Gallery]."
Sixty years and hardly a slip.