Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

A Right Royal Flush No 4044: We Asked for Buckingham Palace's Reaction to Any Piece of Royal News That the Press Had the Temerity to Write about, Thus Invading Their Privacy

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

A Right Royal Flush No 4044: We Asked for Buckingham Palace's Reaction to Any Piece of Royal News That the Press Had the Temerity to Write about, Thus Invading Their Privacy

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Hon menshes to Ian Birchall ("... the verdict finding the Duke of Edinburgh guilty of the murder of Princess Diana. While-technically--a criminal offence may have been committed, this is essentially a family dispute"); Keith Mason (the Queen's abdication); D A Prince (Buckingham Palace under water as a result of global warming); and Liam Kenson (the princes inflict missile attacks on each other). [pounds sterling]20 to the winners, the best of whom (Bill Greenwell) also gets the vouchers.

Eaten by the pigs

Buckingham Palace refuses to confirm or deny that Her Majesty the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Prince Harry have been eaten alive by wild boar belonging to Highgrove's "Special Breeds" collection.

Wild boar are indigenous to Great Britain, giving off a distinctive, peppery scent. They are omnivorous, nocturnal, and fed on organic produce of the highest standard. An adult wild boar weighs over 225lbs (imperial measure), and is traditionally cooked in wine. It has a rich, gamey taste, which Duchy Originals recommends.

The Duke of York has authorised us to say that he will be taking a more active interest in wild boar. The PCC is reminded of its obligations about privacy.

Bill Greenwell

A death in the life

Reports of the death of HRH Queen Elizabeth II in recent days constitute a gross invasion of privacy. That the Queen has involuntarily embarked upon an indefinitely extended period of repose is entirely a private matter.

It was in an attempt to guard against press intrusion that the family took the decision to sequester the Queen in a private chamber set aside, at private expense, against just this eventuality. …

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