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Charles: what the butler saw

INSIDE THE System can reveal the secrets of Prince Charles’s bedroom routine.

According to royal insiders, his early tray of tea and toast has to be organised “with the precision and efficiency of a Formula 1 racing car”.

The cup and saucer are to be on the right with a silver spoon pointing outwards at the angle of 5 o’clock. Plates must be placed with the Prince of Wales crest pointing to 12 o’clock.

Butter must come in three balls, slightly chilled.

If Charles’s Duchy of Cornwall organic sausages are served the mustard must be on the left, the pepper pot behind it and the salt on the right.

Getty-ing no gratitude

SIR PAUL Getty left £208 million in his will when he died in April—but his servants only got £1,000 each.

He left £10 million of his fortune, which he inherited from his oil tycoon father, to his wife, Victoria. A similar sum is believed to have gone to a trust for his five kids.

Getty did find money in his will for two hard-up insitutions—Eton College and Marylebone Cricket Club.

Sir Paul was thought to have been worth around £1.4 billion, but the will put the gross value of his estate at £208 million.

Keep politics out of elitism

DIANE ABBOTT is not the only New Labour education hypocrite.

Jill Shimi, the Labour leader of Dundee City Council, has sent her four year old son to a £7,000 a year private school.

Shimi accused people of “making a political issue” out of children’s education.

She said, “All I can say is that he is going to the school his father wants him to go to.”


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Inside the System
Sat 22 Nov 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1"
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