SHANE WATSON PEOPLE WAT C H I N G
As reliable as ever on Armistice Day, the Queen will always be number one in our royal Top of the Pops
This week we discovered there’s a royal Top of the Pops chart and the Queen has just been knocked off the number one position by… yes, you guessed correctly, Prince Harry. While not approving of this particular chart move (which, let’s face it, is mainly because Harry has just been on tour, preceded by that massive gig at Windsor) we can’t help being excited by the idea of a royal Top of the Pops and tuning in, every week, to see who’s up, who’s down, and who’s a new entry.
According to YouGov ratings, the chart for this week is: Harry at one, the Queen at two, Prince William three, Kate at four, with Prince
Phillip in fifth place, Meghan at six and Prince Charles at seven (ouch), but anyway. Our own survey indicates otherwise. Here’s our Royal Top Ten at the time of going to press: Number One: The Queen, of course. A perpetual non-mover, because she is number one: she never puts a foot wrong. If you were watching her at The Cenotaph on Armistice Day, you cannot fail to have noticed Camilla’s attempt to momentarily lift the mood, and the Queen’s solid resistance to any mood lifting. Later, eyes clenched shut in the two minutes’ silence, she appeared to be bearing the weight of all the loss on her shoulders and we loved her for it.
In at Two: Prince Charles. This week, Charles turned 70, but he’s also had a blinder of a year, what with stepping in for Meghan’s father, and turning out to have been right about so many things that seemed hokey at the time. Three: Prince Harry. Terrifically good egg. Lovely common touch. Properly cares. Growing up fast. Hasn’t done anything in particular this week… but always in the top five.
Four (up from six): Kate, for weathering all the competition with terrific good grace (yes, you Meghan), and generally doing exactly what is required of her.
Five: Prince Philip. Just because we haven’t seen him for a bit doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten.
Six: Prince William. Hanging in there. Signs that the terrible “No one understands the pressures” thing is wearing off.
Seven (down from three): Meghan. The spotlight has moved off her on to Charles. Also, her chart position has been affected by the rumour about the wedding tiara (QEII is said to have had to explain to Harry that what Meghan wants, Meghan doesn’t necessarily get. Love the Queen). Eight: The Duchess of Cornwall: For making Prince Charles giggle, all the time, and generally being a gloomy pomposity counterbalance. Nine: Princess Anne. All that saluting … not easy.
Ten: Prince Andrew. A tiny part of us feels he has got himself into a bad PR spiral, but nothing that can’t be turned around with less Fergie, and less resting arrogant face. (One of the things we have come to appreciate about Charles is his sad slumped face. We used to think it was a bit “POOR ME”, but now we are sure he is thinking about the plight of red squirrels, or his old terrier, or the Queen Mum.)
BLUES ROYALS Prince Charles poses for a 70th birthday snap with the rest of his brood, including his grandchildren