Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Thursday, 17 May 2018
Rachel has just reminded me of a brilliant book by Sue Townsend called 'The Queen and I'. In it, a bloodless revolution headed by a Jeremy Corbyn-type figure gets the entire Royal Family sent to a small council house on an estate in the suburbs, where they subsist on benefits and the Queen goes shopping for food bargains in the local supermarket.
The Queen copes very well (as I am sure she would in real life), mixing with the neighbours and popping round to borrow cups of sugar, etc. but Prince Phillip falls into a deep depression and spends all day watching TV with the curtains drawn. Occasionally he can be heard shouting things like, "Bloody fuzzy-wuzzies!" at the screen, but that is about all.
When Charles and Diana had their fairy-tale wedding, the court's biggest fear was that Barbara Cartland would gate-crash Westminster Abbey. She was a close relative of both of them, so probably thought she had the right. Harry and Megan's biggest fear is probably that her father will turn up after all. I can only imagine the off-the-scale levels of anxiety that the organisers must be experiencing right now.
I think that the Royal Family are worth every penny for the entertainment value alone.