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Prince Charles ‘not taken seriously on overseas tours’ as Royal Family cause ‘disaster’

Jonathan Ross discusses the royal family going abroad in 2000

The future monarch has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after the release of The Crown, which gave a fictionalised take on his relationship with Princess Diana. The Royal Family were said to be unhappy with their portrayals in the Netflix show, which is loosely based on previous events in history. Prince Charles also came under fire from BBC host Jonathan Ross, who once argued that the royals were not “good ambassadors” for the UK.

The TV star felt that the Royal Family should not be “allowed to go abroad ever” because every time they did it was “a disaster”.

Ross played a selection of video clips where the Prince of Wales wore an array of traditional hats during his trips and branded him “ridiculous”.

He said: “It’s the fact that they’re supposed to be embassies of good will, they are meant to be our ambassadors.

“I thought they would go away so that people could have good, positive thoughts about us.

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“But no, every time they go away… people will just think we’re ridiculous.”

One photograph showed Prince Charles wearing a hat with the colours of the Jamaican flag and fake dreadlocks back-to-front.

Ross quipped that the hat was offensive before he stated: “Well done Charles!”

In another picture, which showed the future monarch in a tall white hat with a decorative pattern, the TV star commented: “We don’t know what he’s doing here!”

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In a royal report from 2019, the Prince of Wales was estimated to have spent the most on travel – with calculations showing he spent £1.1million on flights.

This compared with £133,500 from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, £188,000 for the Queen and £116,715 for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Ross felt that people overseas might have tried to embarrass Prince Charles by giving him “unusual” headwear to put on. 

He said: “I’m beginning to suspect that the people who give him those hats know exactly what they are doing.”

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Ross’ rant about the royals featured on an episode of Room 101 in 2000 and the show’s host Paul Merton seemed to agree with him.

He said: “They have got a sweepstake, ‘I bet you he won’t put it on!’, ‘I bet you he will!’”

Ross quipped that Prince Charles being requested to wear traditional clothing was “their way of getting back at us”.

He said: “When they go over there, they say… ‘First of all we’ll do a dance for them and we’ll claim, it’s a kind of traditional dance’.

“And the Queen’s sitting there quite confused and she says, ‘Why are they sticking their tongues out at us?’, and they’ll say, ‘Well ma’am that’s tradition.’”

Ross continued to recreate two more fictional interactions: “‘Why are they doing that thing with their hands? ‘Well, they are just waving at Prince Philip.’”

The TV star made a rude hand gesture while he made that final joke before he continued to state that the Queen “had a difficult life”.

Ross went on to joke that Prince Charles would “wear a bit of liver happily” or any piece of “bloody meat” if he was asked to.

He said: “If you give him a chicken he would put his head in it.

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