Saturday, January 15, 2005

Assorted Royals

Yestderday I was invited to the Vedic Temple in Southampton to be there when the Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived to talk to representatives from the SOuthampton Council of Faiths about their actions to provide aid to victims of the tsunami. I was slightly puzzled by the fact that there was a press officer from Buckingham Palace present who hadn't been noticeable on previous Royal visits. I assumed that I was witnessing a Royal charm offensive in the making.

It was a pleasant visit and appreciated by all who were there but it was only when I watched the evening news that I fully appreciated the intensive media interes. Unbeknown to we underlings who were waiting patiently in the temple Prince Edward was being bombarded by questions about Prince Harry's decision to dress up as a Nazi. I have to say that Prince E seemed to be capable of handling such questions on his own.

As I drove back to the office after the event I listened to the Jeremy Vine show on the car radio and, for the first time in my life, found myself agreeing with Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail. He was saying that Harry had been stupid but the press were getting this all out of proportion.

Harry is 20 and clearly has a lot of growing up to do but the media response to his party silliness raises a number of questions.

1. Is there an anti royal agenda?
2. Is this a way to divert press attention from the Brown/Blair spat?
3. Should young adult royals be protected from the press?
4. Aren't there more important things we should be getting on with such as the UK response to the effects of the tsunami?