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With his recent faux pas, Prince Harry has shown that he is a slip off the old block

india Updated: Jan 12, 2009 21:50 IST
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Gaffes and the House of Windsor would seem to be inseparable. The Queen’s husband, the rather unpleasant Prince Phillip, is now famous for his slips. It would seem that his hell-raiser grandson Prince Harry is carrying on this tradition quite well.

He made a remark about Pakis and one more about ragheads recently, only to apologise on the spot. His grandfather got in one that does not go down well with us — that one about Indians not knowing how to fix a plug. Now, the more humorous among us may say that one should not bother too much about a slip of the tongue. After all, our worthies like Hrithik Roshan and the late Sahib Singh Verma have made odd remarks about our neighbours in Nepal alluding to the fact that people from there were best employed in domestic duties. This, of course, led to a bit of flare-up in the Himalayan nation, but that is another matter. The Windsors seem to have two problems: one is that they seem unable to say the right thing at the right time, and the other is that they say the wrong thing at the wrong time. The Queen was in the dock for her famous silence after Diana’s death. And now in a movie we learn that the Duke of Windsor was the one who thought that keeping quiet would settle everything. Putting their feet in their mouths seem to have become a hallmark of the British royals. And more grease to their elbow.

Without people like this, what would we edit writers do to ensure that we stay in employment at least for now?