‘ Howyagoin mate’ just won’t cut it

Townsville Bulletin - - Wills on his way north - Ru­ral edi­tor John An­der­sen john. an­der­sen@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

IF you hap­pen to be in­tro­duced to Prince Wil­liam dur­ing his visit to North Queens­land don’t call him ‘ Dig­ger’, ‘ Sport’, ‘ Cob­ber’ or ‘ ol mate’.

Pamela Spruce, the CEO of the Aus­tralian But­ler School at Braid­wood near Can­berra told the Townsville Bul­letin that upon meet­ing the prince he should al­ways be ad­dressed as Your Royal High­ness, as in ‘‘ it’s nice to meet you Your High­ness’’.

You do not say, for ex­amp l e , ‘ h o w y o u g o i n m a t e , blood­y­ho­tay’’.’

Ms Spruce ( yes, that is her real name) said that af­ter that first in­tro­duc­tion you are per­mit­ted to call the prince ‘ sir’. This could take the form of ‘‘ Sir, would you like an­other VB?’’ Or ’’ sir, would you care for an­other mud crab?’’

Ms Spruce said should you find your­self sitting be­side the prince at lunch or din­ner you should know what top­ics to dis­cuss and what top­ics not to dis­cuss.

It would be bad form to raise the sub­ject of pol­i­tics or the war in Iraq, but it would be okay to talk about the war ef­fort in Afghanistan. Ap­par­ently Iraq is off-lim­its be- CHIN­WAG WITH WILLS: Prince Wil­liam blows the whis­tle to start a tug-of-war competition in

the pour­ing rain in Antrim, North­ern Is­land, this week. ‘‘ Hav­ing a yak about the weather, par­tic­u­larly cy­clones, is in or­der. You could also raise Libya and the pos­si­bil­ity of the Bri­tish be­com­ing in­volved in any in­ter­na­tional mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion there. But, re­mem­ber, don’t

men­tion Iraq,’’ Ando’s posher sources ad­vise

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