Prince Harry infuriates Charles with his ‘filthy’ smoking
WHILE PRINCE Harry is riding high in public approbation (he has just been voted the world’s “hottest royal” in a poll of 1,000 British women) he continues to frustrate his father with his inability to give up smoking.
Prince Charles has, according to chatter in royal circles, been giving new vent to his irritation over his son’s predilection for cigarettes, which began when he had his first smoke at Eton aged 15.
Harry, who will be 32 on Thursday, often gets through a packet of Marlboro Lights a day, despite the efforts of his stepmother Camilla. She had suggested a session with the doctor who helped her give up her own habit.
Charles has always disliked smoking and used to turf Camilla out on to the terrace at Highgrove in all weathers when she wanted a postprandial puff.
One regular visitor says that if Charles “gets the slightest whiff of someone’s fag, he starts theatrically waving his arms around”.
Finally, after 30 years Camilla gave up what her husband referred to as “that filthy habit” with the help of her alternative health guru Mosaraf Ali.
I’m not surprised. Charles is fully on board with all the Green stuff and Global Warming. It comes with the antismoking package, three for the price of two.
It reminds me of Dr W, shouting about the “filthy, filthy, filthy” habit. These people aren’t rational. I learned this 50 years ago. All the science and medicine is a smokescreen to conceal their real motivation.
I’ve suggested before that they’re really aesthetes. They’re primarily concerned with beauty, and with creating (or restoring) a beautiful world.
If it isn’t clear why smoking and drinking is so ugly to them, perhaps their war on obesity most clearly shows that this is really all about appearances. After all, fat people have been despised and regarded as ugly for far longer than they’ve been identified as ‘unhealthy’. Their ideal type is slim and athletic.
Where’s the aesthetic in Environmentalism and Global Warming? It’s probably not carbon dioxide that bothers them, so much as what they so often call it: ‘Carbon’. And carbon is black. It’s the primary component of soot. It’s found in charcoal and coal and crude oil. And it’s filthy stuff, which they think should have been left in the ground, and not dug up and burned to pollute the world.
Theirs is the tyranny of fashion. And fashion is the greatest tyrant of all. And they are really just art critics and historians who have somehow managed to have their artistic manifesto made into law. It’s also why they’re not very interested in Ebola or Zika: art is more important than stuff like that.
But I don’t see things that way. I don’t think the world is an art gallery.