The mood was dampened today on the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebration, as a rogue MP claimed that Prince Philip should have two days pay deducted for missing the last two of the four day celebration.
Philip, who was 90 in February, was admitted to hospital on Sunday night with a bladder infection, after being on the River Thames boat pageant for six hours in the rain. The Duke of Edinburgh also attended the Epsom Derby meeting on Saturday in better weather with his wife the Queen.
He missed the Buckingham Palace concert on Monday night, featuring Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue and Cliff Richard among others. The final day of celebrations on Tuesday saw the Queen honoured in a Thanksgiving service at St Pauls Cathedral.
MP for Lower Slough, Ant E Monarch today called for the Duke to have his pay deducted from the public purse for not turning up to work at short notice when the 'firm' needed him. "It's a disgrace" said Monarch. "There are thousands of people out there looking for work and he ducks off sick because of a little bit of rain"
A top employment consultant, Ernie Munney, told us last night "The 'Duke' would probably have earned time and a half on Saturday, and double time on Sunday. With Monday and Tuesday being Bank Holidays, they would have been paid at minimum double time, possibly triple. But of course, it's likely that he picked up the bladder infection while at work, so he would have a good case at an employment tribunal".
A no win no fee lawyer told us last night "Where there's blame, there's a claim".