To no one’s surprise, despite being by all accounts a fond grandfather, Prince Charles has not changed a single diaper since the arrival of his wee Edwardian descendant George. Obviously.
This and other tidbits come from the Daily Mail’s preview of the upcoming documentary When Ant And Dec Met The Prince: 40 Years Of The Prince’s Trust, set to air in the UK on January 4. The doc also includes a sit-down with princes William and Harry:
Later, during a social visit at Kensington Palace to talk to his sons, Harry and William affectionately moan to McPartlin and Donnelly about their father’s habit of ‘rabbiting on’ all the time.
And while they talk of their love and respect for their ‘incredibly hard-working’ dad, the Princes reveal how he used to embarrass them, laughing in all the wrong places at their school plays and sending them hand-written notes so indecipherable that they would have to pass them between each other to work out if they were being praised or told off.
Yup, that’s about the dynamic I expected.
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were an interesting pick to shadow Charles for months. The Mail calls them “the working-class kings of light entertainment,” and Americans are most likely to recognize them as the duo whose show Billy Mack visits in Love Actually. The pair say they got along great with the heir to the throne, though there were some occasional cross-class cultural gaps: “Actually we had no issues with his accent, but I think he may have had a few with mine. I would ask him a question and sometimes he would just smile,” Ant (whose accent is stronger) informed the Mail. “Then Dec would ask the same question and get a full answer!” They also struggled a tad with the protocol:
‘I found myself getting a bit over-familiar and grabbing His Royal Highness and slapping him on the back a bit – I had to keep stopping myself.’
Charles has probably been waiting his whole life for somebody to slap him on the back.
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