Anorak | The Royal Family

The Royal Family

by | 23rd, December 2003

‘HOW the Queen must wish that, like Pam Ewing in Dallas, she could wake up to the noise of Prince Philip in the shower and the realisation that this year had been a bad dream!

Bull’s eye

In its role as the nation’s favourite soap opera, The Royal Family provided its subjects with many moments of both high and low drama over the course of 2003.

But when the family gather at Balmoral this Christmas for their traditional festive sing-a-long and game of darts, there is no doubt whose face will adorn the board (even if, given the form Prince Charles demonstrated on the oche during a visit to a Cambridgeshire pub, that is probably the safest place in the room).

Paul Burrell proved that revenge is a dish best served cold and by a man with years of experience as a butler when he revealed lots of juicy titbits about his former employers, first in court and then inevitably in a book.

As well as exposing a healthy black market in unwanted Royal gifts, we learnt that Prince Charles’s staff included someone whose duty it was to squeeze exactly the right amount of toothpaste onto the royal brush as well as to hold the Royal sceptre when the heir to the throne wanted to have a pee.

Later on in the year, we were also to hear that said member of the Royal household’s duties included hand-delivering a wake-up call to the Prince Of Wales (or was it by mouth?)

Burrell, who had been accused of stealing from Princess Diana’s estate, was only acquitted in the case of Regina v Burrell when Regina herself remembered that he was innocent.

Either that or she realised the embarrassment he could cause her family if the case went on any longer.

As it was, Burrell was soon spilling his guts to the Mirror, which we imagine is not exactly newspaper of choice in the Palace these days.

Not content with hearing Burrell’s stories of how Diana once had nine men on the go at the same time, the paper sent a journalist into

You have already read 1 premium article for free today
Access immediately the premium content with Multipass

Or come back tomorrow

Posted: 23rd, December 2003 | In: News Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed: RSS 2.0 | TrackBack | Permalink