That’s the drill! Charles tries his hand at DIY

Daily Mail - - News - By Re­becca English Royal Correspondent

HE doesn’t re­ally need to dis­play any DIY skills around the palace.

So when Prince Charles was handed a power tool on a visit to a com­mu­nity cen­tre yes­ter­day, his quizzi­cal ex­pres­sion seemed to in­di­cate that he wasn’t sure whether it was a screw­driver or a drill.

And it was the cue for a caus­tic com­ment from his wife. ‘I’ll just step out of the way,’ Camilla an­nounced.

Charles, who nor­mally has handy­men on call, chuck­led as he gamely had a go at putting the fi­nal few screws into an or­na­men­tal wheel­bar­row in the Men’s Shed area at Owenkillew Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Gortin, Co Ty­rone.

He and Camilla were given a taste of ru­ral life in North­ern Ire­land as they were treated to dis­plays in­volv­ing rare breed sheep, bio­di­ver­sity, tra­di­tional mu­sic, nat­u­ral reme­dies for an­i­mals and Gaelic foot­ball – which brought an in­quiry from Charles as to whether the game is as rough as hurl­ing.

The royal cou­ple both took an in­ter­est in Mother Bee, a lo­cal brand of heal­ing reme­dies for an­i­mals.

‘Just beau­ti­ful,’ Camilla de­clared af­ter sniff­ing one of the pots of the se­cret fam­ily recipe. Brand owner Ch­eryl McWil­liams said: ‘It’s also now be­ing tested for hu­mans. I gave them some pots of it so we’ll see what hap­pens.’

Charles and Camilla later re­flected in si­lence at a me­mo­rial gar­den ded­i­cated to 29 peo­ple and two un­born ba­bies killed by the Omagh bomb in Au­gust 1998. They laid a flo­ral wreath of thyme, laven­der and rosemary – picked from the gar­den at Hills­bor­ough Cas­tle, the royal res­i­dence in North­ern Ire­land – and paused for a mo­ment’s re­flec­tion.

The bomb­ing was car­ried out by the Real IRA months af­ter the Good Fri­day peace agree­ment. The Daily Mail has long cham­pi­oned the Omagh fam­i­lies’ bat­tle for jus­tice.

And what do you do? The prince in­spects the power tool

I can’t be­lieve I did it: Charles is over­joyed at his hand­i­work

It’s eas­ier than it looks: He drives home a screw

I need help: Charles is given a hand yes­ter­day

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