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EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Would Prince Philip have permitted Lady Hussey’s ousting?

EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Would Prince Philip have permitted Lady Hussey’s ousting?

The late Prince Philip had form when encountering non-white Britons. He once asked Guyana-born Labour MP Bernie Grant: ‘And who are you?’ ‘I’m Bernie Grant MP’ he answered proudly. 

To which the duke replied: ‘And in which country is that?’ Meeting Lord Taylor of Warwick, whose parents hailed from Jamaica, he asked: ‘And what exotic part of the world do you come from?’ Taylor adroitly replied: ‘Birmingham.’ If he were still with us would Philip have permitted the abrupt sacking of Lady Susan Hussey?

The late Prince Philip had form when encountering non-white Britons. He once asked Guyana-born Labour MP Bernie Grant: ‘And who are you?’ ‘I’m Bernie Grant MP’ he answered proudly 

Petronella Wyatt, pictured, keen to defend family friend Lady Susan, recalls: ‘She abhors discrimination and once ticked me off for an article I wrote about Italians on the grounds it was both ‘racist’ and ‘unkind’.’

Petronella Wyatt, pictured, keen to defend family friend Lady Susan, recalls: 'She abhors discrimination and once ticked me off for an article I wrote about Italians on the grounds it was both 'racist' and 'unkind'

Petronella Wyatt, pictured, keen to defend family friend Lady Susan, recalls: ‘She abhors discrimination and once ticked me off for an article I wrote about Italians on the grounds it was both ‘racist’ and ‘unkind’

Edward and Sophie Wessex at last night’s recording of the Royal Variety Performance at the Albert Hall performed a duty increasingly shunned by senior royals. Based on ‘turns’, it should have been Charles in the royal box. Last time, 2020, he got away with a video message because of the pandemic. Anne is the savviest. She turned up with other family members, in 1968 and 1972, managing to dodge the short straw for 39 years until her attendance in 2011.

John Stonehouse, discarding his clothes on a Miami beach and faking his death, is compared to Matt Hancock by the writer of an ITV drama about the Labour politician. ‘I mean you can’t do it any more,’ says John Preston. ‘I mean, disappear, reinvent yourself and re-emerge on the other side of the world… unless you’re Matt Hancock!’ At least Matty didn’t leave his clothes in a heap with the kangaroo testicles.

Meanwhile Emer Heatley, playing Stonehouse’s mistress Sheila Buckley, is proud of capturing Buckley’s pronounced lisp for the ITV drama. How did she do it? ‘I was told, ‘Think Jonathan Ross!’ I thought, ‘OK, cool’.’

Blink-and-you’d-miss-her Countdown presenter Anne Robinson admits mistakenly attempting to recreate her cerebral persona from The Weakest Link. 

‘It is a brilliant show,’ she admits. ‘But it does not really require a smart-arse presenter.’ Annie, will you be hearing from current presenter Colin Murray’s lawyers?

Blink-and-you'd-miss-her Countdown presenter Anne Robinson admits mistakenly attempting to recreate her cerebral persona from The Weakest Link

Blink-and-you’d-miss-her Countdown presenter Anne Robinson admits mistakenly attempting to recreate her cerebral persona from The Weakest Link

The Guardian’s parliamentary sketch writer John Crace attacks Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for defending private schools, saying: ‘Rishi radiates privilege.’ Crace himself went to… Eton!

Dublin-born Mary Bourke recalls meeting Lady Susan at an Irish embassy reception: ‘Upon hearing my Irish accent, she gasped in delight and asked if I would ‘tarmac her drive’.’ Mary – an acclaimed comedian – insisting she is not having a giraffe at her ladyship’s expense, adds: ‘I don’t know why people are so sensitive nowadays.’

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