Saturday, October 23, 2010

Gordon in the morning: The royals are well-briefed

Buckingham Palace held an event for young people earlier in the week, where Prince Harry was given the role of the closest the Royals can do to 'youth'. Gordon Smart has decided that this proves that Harry is a Magnetic Man fan:

"While we were there, we met Prince Harry. He was well excited when he was introduced to Skream - he put his hand out and said 'Hello Skream, nice one!'

"Harry obviously knew who he was before he met him."
Well, yes. That's because he's surrounded by people whispering in his ear. Generally, royals don't approach people unless they know what's on the end of the hand they're about to shake. When Charles mutters "nice to meet you, Mr Badgerson, I hope things are fine at Mole Valley Valve", it doesn't mean that Charles is a Valve freak.

Really, this story is 'Harry is polite', however much a "royal aide" might be wheeled in to try and fatten the tale up:
A Royal aide confirmed Artwork's assumption, telling me: "It's no secret that Prince Harry loves his music. He goes to quite a few festivals and gigs, so it's not surprising that he recognised them."
Yes, after you've been to seven gigs your brain is upgraded so that you can instantly recognise anyone who is vaguely musical.


Robin Carmody said...

I don't think it's *necessarily* inconceivable that PH might have heard of Skream - the idea that every generation of his class only knows traditional "toff" culture, and that pop culture generally represents a meaningful bulwark against that class, is the sort of decades-out-of-date nonsense that, inadvertently, has helped Cameron and Clegg get away with it.

Anonymous said...

He might know about Skream but that story seems to make out that knowing his name is proof that Harry is definitely a fan.

Simon Hayes Budgen said...

I agree that it's not impossible that he's a fan of Magnetic Man, but if he was, wouldn't his opening gambit be more along the lines of 'I really liked I Need Air' or 'Will you be working with John Legend again?' - the sort of question a fan would ask - rather than a vague 'nice one', the 'delighted to meet you' of our age?

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