‘ Howyagoin mate’ just won’t cut it
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