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A right Royal cock-up

A right Royal cock-up

On a day when the BBC is rightfully whipping itself over pretending the Queen was throwing a tantrum at the prospect of sitting for a photographer, perhaps it’s a good day to remind ourselves of the numerous gaffes Prince Phillip has made in the name of promoting the British abroad, and at home.

I particularly like the one just after the 1988 Lockerbie plane crash, when 250+ died in a plane inferno, and Prince Phillip sympathised, saying: “People usually say that after a fire it’s water damage that’s the worst. We’re still trying to dry out Windsor Castle.”

Getting back to the BBC debacle, surely you’d expect the head of BBC One at least to read his speech before reading it out to a bunch of assembled media journalists. Surely the phrase “Annie Leibovitz gets it slightly wrong and the Queen walks out in a huff” should ring at least a couple of alarm bells – you are, after all, working for the BBC, not Channel Five or Babestation. Or does no-one read what they say before they say it any more?

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