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Coming TV prog 'very damaging' to 'Prince' Charles? ('Le Monde')
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banana
2004-01-12 12:34:23 UTC
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From 'Le Monde':

http://www.lemonde.fr/web/recherche_articleweb/1,13-0,36-348239,0.html?q
uery=jenny+bond&query2=&booleen=et&num_page=1&auteur=&dans=dansarticle&p
eriode=7&ordre=pertinence&G_NBARCHIVES=804787&nbpages=1&artparpage=10&nb
_art=1
or click: <http://tinyurl.com/36d99>

[This article says that "former BBC royal correspondent Jenny Bond is
planning soon to reveal the hidden face of the 'royals' in a TV
broadcast said to be very damaging for the heir to the throne"]

***BEGIN ARTICLE***

Le "Daily Mirror" livre le nom du prince Charles au nouvel enquêteur
chargé de l'affaire Lady Diana

Le quotidien révèle le contenu d'une lettre dans laquelle la princesse,
tuée lors d'un accident de voiture à Paris, le 31 août 1997, soupçonnait
l'héritier du trône de planifier son assassinat.

Londres de notre correspondant

L'honorable Michael Burgess, coroner chargé des affaires judiciaires de
la maison royale, s'exprime habituellement avec douceur, sans éclat de
voix. Sauf lorsque ce magistrat est mécontent, comme ce mardi 6 janvier,
après avoir découvert la retentissante manchette du tabloïd Daily Mirror
proclamant : "Lettre de Diana : c'était Charles."

Le quotidien révèle le contenu de la missive, écrite en octobre 1996,
que la princesse de Galles avait confiée à son ex-majordome, Paul
Burrell : "Il s'agit de la phase de ma vie la plus dangereuse : mon mari
planifie un accident sur ma voiture, une panne de freins et une blessure
sérieuse à la tête qui lui laisseraient la voie libre pour se marier."

Cette révélation ne va pas manquer de compliquer la mission de Michael
Burgess, qui a ouvert, mardi, l'enquête sur les circonstances du décès,
le 31 août 1997, de Diana et de son amant, Dodi Al-Fayed, lors d'un
accident de voiture dans le tunnel de l'Alma, à Paris. L'investigation a
été immédiatement ajournée pour douze à quinze mois, afin de permettre à
Scotland Yard de dépouiller les quelque 6 000 pages du dossier des
enquêteurs français, refermé en avril 2002. Paul Burrel s'est engagé à
communiquer l'original de la lettre au coroner, dont la tâche consiste à
trouver la réponse sur les causes du drame.

INTERMINABLE SAGA


"Je sais qu'il existe des conjectures selon lesquelles ces décès ne
résultent pas d'un triste mais relativement banal accident de la route à
Paris... Mais je dois séparer la fiction de la réalité" : Michael
Burgess a adressé cet avertissement aux protagonistes de cette
interminable saga. A commencer par le millionnaire égyptien Mohammed Al-
Fayed, arrivé à Westminster en Mercedes jaune citron, flanqué de trois
gardes du corps !

Obnubilé par l'existence d'un prétendu complot des services secrets
britanniques et de la famille royale pour assassiner Dodi, son fils
unique, et la princesse, le richissime propriétaire du grand magasin
Harrod's compte sur cette enquête pour faire basculer le destin de la
cour d'Angleterre. Le visage fermé, retranché, Lady Sarah McCorquadale,
l'une des deux sœurs de la défunte, se tient à l'écart du magnat. Cette
ancienne girl-friend du prince Charles, écartée comme épouse au profit
de Diana, redoute un nouvel étalage de linge sale. Maigre consolation
pour la famille Spencer : citant le témoignage du prédécesseur de
Michael Burgess, le Times affirme, dans son édition du 7 janvier, que,
contrairement à la rumeur, Diana n'était pas enceinte au moment de
l'accident. A l'inverse de M. Al-Fayed, Lady Sarah et sa mère ont
accepté le verdict du juge Stéphan selon lequel l'accident a été
provoqué par l'état d'ébriété du chauffeur, Henri Paul, qui conduisait
trop vite pour échapper aux paparazzis lancés aux trousses des deux
amoureux.

Reconverti comme marchand de fleurs dans le nord-ouest de l'Angleterre,
l'indélicat Paul Burrell a publié, en 2003, un livre brûlot, A Royal
Duty (Au service de la royauté). Dans ce best-seller, l'ancien majordome
fait notamment part de cette lettre, dans laquelle Diana avait exprimé
ses craintes d'être assassinée. Mais pour des raisons légales, l'ancien
confident de la "princesse des cœurs", qui a vendu ses droits au Mirror,
avait préféré cacher le nom de celui qu'elle soupçonnait de planifier ce
complot.

"AFFIRMATIONS RISIBLES"

Le prince Charles a immédiatement fait démentir "des affirmations
risibles et blessantes que personne ne va croire". Son entourage
souligne l'état psychologique fragile de la princesse, "isolée,
dépressive, délaissée par ses amies en raison de son comportement de
plus en plus erratique". Pauvre Charles ! Le fils aîné d'Elizabeth II
vit des années de plus en plus "horri- bilis". A la fin de 2003, il y
avait eu "l'affaire" de l'incident "de nature sexuelle" rapporté par un
autre ancien valet des Windsor.

Par ailleurs, l'ex-commentatrice royale de la BBC, Jenny Bond, entend
prochainement révéler la face cachée des "Royals" dans une émission de
télévision que l'on dit très dommageable pour l'héritier au trône.
Enfin, l'éditeur Penguin compte publier une nouvelle version du livre de
Paul Burrell mentionnant le nom du prince Charles.

***END ARTICLE***
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banana "The thing I hate about you, Rowntree, is the way you
give Coca-Cola to your scum, and your best teddy-bear to
Oxfam, and expect us to lick your frigid fingers for the
rest of your frigid life." (Mick Travis, 'If...', 1968)
0o
2004-01-12 13:10:24 UTC
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Here is a (ropey) English Translation.


"Daily Mirror" delivers the name of prince Charles to the new investigator
chargé d' affaires Lady Diana

THE WORLD | 07.01.04

The daily newspaper reveals the contents of a letter in which the princess,
killed at the time of a car accident in Paris, August 31, 1997, suspected
the heir to the throne of planning her assassination.
From Our London correspondent

Honourable Michael Burgess, coroner in charge of the lawsuits of the royal
house, is usually expressed with softness, without shout. Except when this
magistrate is dissatisfied, like this Tuesday January 6, after having
discovered the resounding cuff of the tabloïd Daily Mirror proclaiming:
"Letter of Diana: it was Charles."

The daily newspaper reveals the contents of the missive, written in October
1996, that the princess of Wales had entrusted to her ex-majordomo, Paul
Burrell: "It acts of the phase of my most dangerous life: my husband plans
an accident on my car, a breakdown of brakes and a serious wound with the
head which would leave him the free track to marry."

This revelation will not miss complicating the mission of Michael Burgess,
which opened, Tuesday, the investigation into the circumstances of the
death, August 31, 1997, of Diana and her lover, Dodi Al-Fayed, at the time
of a car accident in the tunnel of Alma, in Paris. The investigation was
immediately deferred for twelve to fifteen months, in order to make it
possible Scotland Yard to strip the few 6 000 pages of the file of the
French investigators, closed again in April 2002. Paul Burrel committed
himself communicating the original of the letter to the coroner, whose task
consists in finding the answer on the causes of the drama.

INTERMINABLE SAGA


"I know that there are conjectures according to which these deaths do not
result from sad but relatively banal road accident in Paris... But I must
separate the fiction from reality " : Michael Burgess addressed this warning
to the protagonists of this interminable saga. To start with the Egyptian
millionaire Mohammed Al-Fayed, made to Westminster in lemon-yellow yellow
Mercedes, flanked of three bodyguards!

Obnubilated by the existence of an alleged plot of the British secret
service and the royal family to assassinate Dodi, his/her only son, and the
princess, the richissime owner of the department store Harrod' S counts on
this investigation to make rock the destiny of the court of England. The
closed face, cut off, Lady Sarah McCorquadale, one of the two sisters of
late, keep away from the tycoon. This old girl-friend of prince Charles,
isolated like marries with the profit of Diana, fears a new display of dirty
linen. Cold comfort for the Spencer family: quoting the testimony of the
predecessor of Michael Burgess, Times affirms, in its edition of January 7,
that, contrary to the rumour, Diana was not pregnant at the time of the
accident. With the reverse of Mr. Al-Fayed, Sarah Lady and her mother
accepted the verdict of Stéphan judge according to whom the accident was
caused by the state of intoxication of the driver, Henri Paul, who too
quickly led to escape from the paparazzis launched to the cases from the two
in love ones.

Reconverted as merchant of flowers into the North-West of England, the
indelicate Paul Burrell published, in 2003, a book scathing attack, A Royal
Duty (With the service of the royalty). In this best-seller, the former
majordomo makes in particular share of this letter, in which Diana had
expressed her fears to be assassinated. But for legal reasons, the former
confidant of the "princess of the hearts", who sold her rights to Mirror,
had preferred to hide the name of that which it suspected of planning this
plot.

"LAUGHABLE ASSERTIONS"

Prince Charles immediately made contradict "assertions laughable and
wounding that nobody will believe". Its entourage underlines the fragile
psychological state of the princess, "isolated, depressive, forsaken by
his/her friends because of her increasingly erratic behavior". Poor Charles!
The elder son of Elizabeth II saw more and more years "horri- bilis". With
the end of 2003, there had been "the business" of the incident "of sexual
nature" brought back by another former servant of Windsor.

In addition, the royal ex-commentatrice of the BBC, Jenny Jump, intends soon
to reveal the hidden face of the "Royals" in an emission of television which
one says very detrimental for the heir to the throne. Lastly, the Penguin
editor intends to publish a new version of the book of Paul Burrell
mentioning the name of prince Charles.

Marc Rock

. ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN the EDITION OF The 08.01.04
0o
2004-01-12 13:14:51 UTC
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Post by 0o
Here is a (ropey) English Translation.
In addition, the royal ex-commentatrice of the BBC, Jenny Jump, intends soon
to reveal the hidden face of the "Royals" in an emission of television which
one says very detrimental for the heir to the throne. Lastly, the Penguin
editor intends to publish a new version of the book of Paul Burrell
mentioning the name of prince Charles.
Like I said, its a ropey translation (the BBCs Jenny Jump aka Jenny Bond)
lol
Volcaran
2004-01-12 13:33:04 UTC
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Date: 12/01/2004 13:14 GMT Standard Time
Post by 0o
Here is a (ropey) English Translation.
In addition, the royal ex-commentatrice of the BBC, Jenny Jump, intends
soon
Post by 0o
to reveal the hidden face of the "Royals" in an emission of television
which
Post by 0o
one says very detrimental for the heir to the throne. Lastly, the Penguin
editor intends to publish a new version of the book of Paul Burrell
mentioning the name of prince Charles.
Like I said, its a ropey translation (the BBCs Jenny Jump aka Jenny Bond)
lol
Clearly not so ropey then :-)
Sacha
2004-01-12 13:48:14 UTC
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banana12/1/04 12:34
Post by banana
http://www.lemonde.fr/web/recherche_articleweb/1,13-0,36-348239,0.html?q
uery=jenny+bond&query2=&booleen=et&num_page=1&auteur=&dans=dansarticle&p
eriode=7&ordre=pertinence&G_NBARCHIVES=804787&nbpages=1&artparpage=10&nb
_art=1
or click: <http://tinyurl.com/36d99>
[This article says that "former BBC royal correspondent Jenny Bond is
planning soon to reveal the hidden face of the 'royals' in a TV
broadcast said to be very damaging for the heir to the throne"]
<snip>

She wrote her own blurb about it yesterday and said quite differently.
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G.Roberts
2004-01-12 14:51:40 UTC
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Post by Sacha
banana12/1/04 12:34
Post by banana
http://www.lemonde.fr/web/recherche_articleweb/1,13-0,36-348239,0.html?q
uery=jenny+bond&query2=&booleen=et&num_page=1&auteur=&dans=dansarticle&p
eriode=7&ordre=pertinence&G_NBARCHIVES=804787&nbpages=1&artparpage=10&nb
_art=1
or click: <http://tinyurl.com/36d99>
[This article says that "former BBC royal correspondent Jenny Bond is
planning soon to reveal the hidden face of the 'royals' in a TV
broadcast said to be very damaging for the heir to the throne"]
<snip>
She wrote her own blurb about it yesterday and said quite differently.
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Sacha
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I don't know if anyone in the posts above has commented anywhere on The
Sunday Times / News Review interview (page 5) conducted by Jasper Gerard
with Colleen Harris, now with the Commission for Racial Equality, but
previously employed by Prince Charles.

It is a three-quarter page, general article about her background, life and
career, plus photograph, and it is entitled; 'Prince Charles, the Iron
Lady... and me', so I shan't type it out in full! However, here are a
couple of selected quotes which relate to the Prince of Wales, as set down
by Gerard:

'She says he is a resource "underutilised" by the government. "He has so
much knowledge because he probably talks to more people than just about
anyone in the world: he knows what a foreign king thinks and what the man in
the street thinks because he visits more places," she adds pointedly, "than
ministers do.".......I saw a wider range of life working for royalty than
for polticians....." '

'Loyally, she says she does not recognise in "charming" Charles the pompous
egomaniac described by Paul Burrell.....'

'Could she ever contradict him? "I would say if I disagreed. The royal
family realises that there is no point employing people who agree with
everything." But she does not seem to disagree with much. Of the Prince
she says: "I don't want to sound sycophantic but he doesn't get the credit
he deserves for starting debate: many of the issues at the CRE were raised
by him." '

....and so on. You'll need to read the article in full.

Now, I wonder how Jenny Bond's more 'distant' opinions will compare with
Colleen Harris's insider's views of working within the royal establishment
and close to Prince Charles? (And for those who are not aware of Colleen
Harris's background: She is black - her late father immigrated to the UK
from Guyana - and is " a girl from Battersea", south London).

G. Roberts
Sacha
2004-01-12 15:04:26 UTC
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G.Roberts12/1/04 2:51
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<snip>
Post by G.Roberts
I don't know if anyone in the posts above has commented anywhere on The
Sunday Times / News Review interview (page 5) conducted by Jasper Gerard
with Colleen Harris, now with the Commission for Racial Equality, but
previously employed by Prince Charles.
<snip>

Very good and interesting article, IMO and words from someone genuinely on
the inside and in a daily working capacity.
Did you see the article by Jasper Gerard in which he says (I paraphrase)
that he's all conspiracy theoried out and heartily sick of it all? I know
just how he feels..... ;-)
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G.Roberts
2004-01-12 16:09:34 UTC
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Post by Sacha
G.Roberts12/1/04 2:51
<snip>
Post by G.Roberts
I don't know if anyone in the posts above has commented anywhere on The
Sunday Times / News Review interview (page 5) conducted by Jasper Gerard
with Colleen Harris, now with the Commission for Racial Equality, but
previously employed by Prince Charles.
<snip>
Very good and interesting article, IMO and words from someone genuinely on
the inside and in a daily working capacity.
Did you see the article by Jasper Gerard in which he says (I paraphrase)
that he's all conspiracy theoried out and heartily sick of it all? I know
just how he feels..... ;-)
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Sacha
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I did, indeed. And he is right! :)

Gordon
Volcaran
2004-01-12 21:25:29 UTC
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Date: 12/01/2004 14:51 GMT Standard Time
Post by Sacha
banana12/1/04 12:34
Post by banana
http://www.lemonde.fr/web/recherche_articleweb/1,13-0,36-348239,0.html?q
uery=jenny+bond&query2=&booleen=et&num_page=1&auteur=&dans=dansarticle&p
eriode=7&ordre=pertinence&G_NBARCHIVES=804787&nbpages=1&artparpage=10&nb
_art=1
or click: <http://tinyurl.com/36d99>
[This article says that "former BBC royal correspondent Jenny Bond is
planning soon to reveal the hidden face of the 'royals' in a TV
broadcast said to be very damaging for the heir to the throne"]
<snip>
She wrote her own blurb about it yesterday and said quite differently.
--
Sacha
-----------
I don't know if anyone in the posts above has commented anywhere on The
Sunday Times / News Review interview (page 5) conducted by Jasper Gerard
with Colleen Harris, now with the Commission for Racial Equality, but
previously employed by Prince Charles.
It is a three-quarter page, general article about her background, life and
career, plus photograph, and it is entitled; 'Prince Charles, the Iron
Lady... and me', so I shan't type it out in full!
<snip>

It is available on-line

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2092-958661,00.html

but I know some have difficulty with the Times website so:
Prince Charles the Iron Lady ... and me

Her mantelpiece is a monument to social success, supporting enough stiff
invitations to keep her busy into the next new year. The picture on the wall of
a snowbound Highgrove befits the drawing room of the latest recruit to the
Royal Victorian Order; while wellies by the door and a flatulent labrador are
so Prince Charles.
But this is not home to some gout-stricken aristo: Colleen Harris is a “south
London girl” who harboured progressive ideals about becoming “the big black
hope” when she was younger. She became a trusted aide of Margaret Thatcher
and then the Prince of Wales, of whom she was principal defender last week over
claims that the heir to the throne might have bumped off his trouble and
strife.



The first black member of the royal household has defended the Establishment
through many of its worst crises of recent years: she was spin doctor to Leon
Brittan during Westland, and worked for Thatcher during the Spycatcher furore
and later valiantly tried to explain John Prescott’s integrated transport
policy. If she can defend the indefensible, it’s little wonder the prince
hired her (after four interviews) in 1998 in the wake of Diana’s death to
perk up his peaky reputation.

Her support for Charles last week — she formally left his employ before
Christmas to work for the Commission for Racial Equality — shows the prince
is growing more astute at media manipulation. He used to wheel out Nicholas
Soames as a freelance mouthpiece but this won Charles scant public affection;
Soames’s manner is grander than the prince’s.

So how matey was our future His Maj to work for? “He worked very hard to put
you at ease,” says Harris, 48, “but my interview taught me never to ask for
a drink: I was so nervous I kept spilling milk and dropping the sugar.” As
spin doctors go, Harris is pretty straight. While Mark Bolland, formerly the
prince’s deputy private secretary, briefed discreetly to gain acceptance for
Camilla Parker Bowles, Harris tried to stick to talking about the prince’s
day job (such as it is). “Public relations has its peaks and troughs and
sometimes we didn’t get our message across,” she says ruefully. The mention
of Bolland makes her twitch: she declines to be drawn on him.

But on the prince she is less purse-lipped in this, her first interview. She
says he is a resource “underutilised” by the government. “He has so much
knowledge because he probably talks to more people than just about anyone in
the world: he knows what a foreign king thinks and what the man in the street
thinks because he visits more places,” she adds pointedly, “than ministers
do.” Isn’t that because he has more time on his hands? “Well, I saw a
wider range of life working for royalty than for politicians, at its most
wonderful and at its worst. I don’t just mean dinners and functions, I mean
deprivation and victims of train crashes.”

Loyally, she says she does not recognise in “charming” Charles the pompous
egomaniac described by Paul Burrell, the butler who bolted to the tabloids.

Still, she must have found the palace hideously white? “I have always been
used to being the only black person,” she says. Did she ever encounter racism
there? She pauses: “I can’t say that anyone was racist towards me,” she
says carefully. “All through your life you experience things which might be
racist — or it might just be that somebody doesn’t like you.” Hmm. She
quotes her new boss at the CRE, Trevor Phillips, who said that colour, for
black people, was the first thing people noticed, “but you can control what
the second thing is people think about you”. It is a mature, moderate view.

But some younger Afro-Caribbeans might say the softly, softly approach
doesn’t get them into positions of power. “Things are improving,” she
insists, but when I ask how many blacks are members of the royal household
since her departure she is forced to say, “er, none”. Positive
discrimination is unfashionable — and nowhere more so, one imagines, than
Buck House — but might it be the only solution? “It’s got to be the right
person for the job. But I have noticed along the way there isn’t equality of
opportunity.” Now there’s an understatement.

“If there weren’t (black) people in particular jobs I would hope it was
because they didn’t want to work there,” she offers. But come off it, there
must be lots of ethnic minorities who would love high-status jobs in the white
fortresses of SW1. The worst thing is while there remain so few blacks in key
jobs there will be the whiff of tokenism. “Yes, it’s a bit frustrating when
you know how hard you have worked.”

Harris has a warm demeanour that must have disarmed even the stuffiest
courtier, but whenever she feels she might have revealed too much a steely
discretion descends. “There were formal times and informal times,” she says
unrevealingly. “You will have to wait for the book,” she teases. But it’s
clear this woman would never sell the family secrets.

Come on Colleen, would Chas swing by your office and chunter on about last
night’s organic ferret results? “He was very involved in the running of his
office, but you would never call him by his Christian name, and I wouldn’t go
to work in jeans,” she smiles. Could she ever contradict him? “I would say
if I disagreed. The royal family realises there is no point employing people
who agree with everything.”

But she does not seem to disagree with much. Of the prince she says: “I
don’t want to sound sycophantic but he doesn’t get the credit he deserves
for starting debate: many of the issues at the CRE were raised by him.”

The problem with working for the prince for five years was that he was rarely
out of a crisis. “Everybody has difficult patches in their lives but for the
royal family it is played out in public.”

Harris denies it, but some of those dramas were created by Charles, who pushed
strongly to have Parker Bowles accepted as his lawful wedded wife. (Harris was
said to dislike having to cut out fashion articles for the royal bedwarmer.)

And so the work grew too much and difficult to combine with looking after her
two schoolboy sons. She had a “no hard feelings” leaving do with a steel
band to play her out. “I went to my son’s open day and realised he was
involved in all these projects I didn’t know about, and I thought, this is my
only chance at parenthood.” She remains “in touch” with the royal
household. Coming after a stint working for John Prescott it is clear she found
the regal embrace beguiling. “When I met Her Majesty I kept thinking, ‘and
I’m this girl from Battersea’.”

Her late father arrived from Guyana and became a pharmacist; her mother was a
nurse. Colleen says she feels “entirely British”. She predicts the CRE will
become busier with white immigrants from Eastern Europe than with black: “We
share history, language, religion, but they don’t, and ask more questions
about Britishness.” After 9/11 she says we need tolerance about religion even
more than race, as Muslims have been vilified.

She met her husband Wayne, a (white) scientist, when they both took holiday
jobs in a bingo hall and he called her number. They have been together nearly
27 years. Was it a difficult decision to marry someone of a different colour?
“No, it was love,” she smiles. “My father simply asked me to consider how
others might react, as attitudes were different then.

“Wayne’s family were from Manchester and were a bit middle England: they
had seen black people around but I’m not sure they had ever spoken to one.
But the British are very accommodating.”

She discloses without embarrassment that she forced hubby out of academia: “I
pushed him into setting up his own business.” To make more money? “Yes,
well he needed to get his act together.” It’s the kind of cheerfully
critical remark that only the securely married can make.

She confesses she was so “bossy” at school “teachers used to leave me in
charge of the class”. But a teaching career ended in early disillusionment.
“I quickly realised the children weren’t in the least inspired by me, and
often weren’t interested in advancement. I did a few things a teacher
shouldn’t do and was quite aggressive.” So she moved to the more sedate
British Museum as a press officer, where the nearest she came to controversy
was an exhibition on evolution.

It was scant preparation for her giant step to Whitehall, where she could be
rung at 5am by Bernard Ingham, Thatcher’s prototype Alastair Campbell,
barking: “What’s in t’news, chuck?” But she “just loved, loved” the
buzz of working for Maggie: “She was fantastic. She was brilliant at
remembering little things about you.” Wasn’t Harris troubled by
Thatcher’s position on apartheid? “I am a public servant,” she says. She
was allowed to become the first part-time spin doctor but still struggled to
combine work and motherhood. “Once I was talking to a minister while at home
and my toddler tried to grab the phone, so the minister said ‘put him on’.
It was very embarrassing.”

But if that is her worst gaffe, it is easy to see why she was so valued as a
faithful public servant. If only all of Charles’s relationships were as
successful as this.

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