The idea of Prince Harry having to watch Schindler’s List as an atonement for wearing a Nazi uniform, is the kind of backhanded complement Steven Spielberg deserves. It’s a worthy film, rendered mediocre by poor direction from someone who’s only worth watching when playing with special effects. I suspect it will leave Harry unmoved. After all, as the New York Daily News points out, ‘Prince Harry’s stunning Nazi uniform gaffe is latest in long line of the House of Windsor’s affairs with the Third Reich.’
The longer term plan is to pack him off to Sandhurst for the kind of discipline that would make his mummy faint. The problem has been that protocol demands he enter at graduate level and, despite going to one of the world’s top schools and the government’s commitment to finding a university place for at least half of our school leavers, he was not good enough for university and had to pass a sit-up test to enter Sandhurst. Now he’s on his second ‘gap year’. You get the idea: he’s very, very thick.
So it’s to easy to see how a famously stupid family might find our increasingly meritocratic and democratic world difficult to cope with.