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Prince turned away from luxury lounge on ferry

Prince William, second in line to the British throne, gets a taste of life as an ordinary mortal.

india Updated: Nov 07, 2006 17:00 IST

Prince William, second in line to the British throne, had a taste of life as an ordinary mortal when he was turned away while trying to gain access to a club class lounge on a crowded cross-Channel ferry without a ticket.

The steward failed to recognise the prince and turned him away, The Times reported on Tuesday.

After it was officially confirmed that William had been on the P and O ferry, the company admitted that it was embarrassed.

In the club lounge the Prince could have enjoyed a complimentary glass of champagne or a cup of tea or coffee.

"We heard the Prince had tried to get into the club lounge and been refused. However, his name did not appear on the manifest. Thus, we had been unable to confirm it was actually him," Chris Laming, a P and O spokesman said.

"I suppose if the Prince chooses to travel incognito and eschew a visit to the bridge and a handshake with the captain he is likely to find out what life is like as an ordinary mortal sooner or later.

However, it is somewhat surprising that the stewardess failed to recognise him and no doubt someone will be having a word with her," he clarified.

According to passengers on the Pride of Kent, the Prince and three companions tried to get into the club lounge soon after the vessel left Dover for the 75-minute Channel crossing.

It was the first day of half-term and the ferry was packed with families and children. All tickets for the first class lounge - which cost an extra 10 pounds per passenger - had been pre-booked.

First Published: Nov 07, 2006 17:00 IST