Putting the squeeze on

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters To The Editor -

SIR – Sophia Money-Coutts ( Sun­day, Novem­ber 18) men­tions the Prince of Wales’s sup­posed pref­er­ence for tooth­paste to be squeezed onto his brush by a mem­ber of staff.

Be­fore the war, this prac­tice wasn’t un­com­mon but it was in­con­ve­nient. As a young guest in his aunt’s house, my fa­ther used to find his tooth­brush ready-loaded when he went up to change for din­ner.

This posed a prob­lem. If he did what was ex­pected and cleaned his teeth, it ru­ined the taste of his pre-pran­dial cock­tail. If he left the brush as it was, how­ever, he risked of­fend­ing the staff or – worse – ap­pear­ing slovenly. He com­pro­mised by rins­ing the brush with­out us­ing it, leav­ing it ready to be re-loaded dur­ing din­ner. Catri­ona Chase

Halesworth, Suf­folk

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