The BBC is in hot water after guest presenter Jo Brand made a crack about Prince Harry doing Class A drugs on satirical quiz show Have I Got News for You as they discussed the christening of Prince George.
The 56-year-old poker-faced comedienne said: ‘George’s godparents include Hugh van Cutsem – I presume that’s a nickname as in Hugh van cuts ‘em and Harry then snorts ‘em.’
I thought it was hilarious myself.
As well as that gag, the British Broadcasting Corporation is also in trouble for naming Hugh van Cutsem, rather than William van Cutsem, as one of Prince George’s godfathers. Hugh, who was a close friend of Prince Charles, died last month.
While the BBC is standing by the joke, former head of the Army Lord Dannatt probably gave his overgrown ear hairs and mutton chop sideburns an angry tug then told a Sunday newspaper that he’s outraged about the cocaine reference: ‘It might have been said as a joke but the suggestion is outrageous. It is a very unfortunate joke to make and most inappropriate.’
But Harry’s known as the joker of the Royal Family and I’m sure he’d have found it funny if he was watching, especially given his coughs, “former” fondness for smoking a big fat doobie to unwind after a hard day’s prince-ing in the grounds of his father’s Gloucestershire estate once earning him the nickname ‘Harry Pothead’ with the British papers.
And, he could certainly do with a laugh at the moment – poor old Captain Wales broke his toe last week, which must have come as a blow with his ‘Walking With The Wounded’ race to the South Pole scheduled to set off in a matter of weeks. (He’s still taking part despite the broken toe).
Oh well, at least he has nurse Cressida Bonas on hand to help him forget about his sore tootsies while he recuperates in the master bedroom at his sprawling apartment in Kensington Palace.
Let’s hope next door neighbours Wills and Kate have ear-plugs to hand.