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O Tempora! O Mores!

by | 24th, July 2002

‘YOU can almost feel the pillars of the Establishment creaking as more news reaches us of the decline of the ruling classes.

The Earl corrects Louis’s frightful Latin grammar

It started with the MCC agreeing to admit women, continued with the decision to take roast beef off the menu at the Carlton Club and reached its apogee when it was revealed that Prince William doesn’t buy his underwear at Marks & Spencer.

But can it survive this latest shock – the news (as brought to us by that harbinger of bad tidings, the Telegraph) that Earl Spencer’s son is to become the first holder of the title in almost 250 years not to attend Eton or Harrow?

O tempora! O mores! You can almost hear the old Earl (Princess Diana’s father) choking on a rather nice glass of port.

The Telegraph reports that the new Earl and his ex-wife have decided that son Louis should stay in Cape Town.

‘Surely it’s an archaic idea that Louis should have to go through a certain system to become equipped to run Althorp,’ Victoria, Countess Spencer, told Hello! (who told the Telegraph). ‘We’re modern parents in that we’re genuinely putting the children’s needs first.’

Bolshie talk, the lot of it. No good ever came of not being able to conjugate your Latin verbs. Mark our words.

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