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Wednesday, 19 January 2005

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Prince Harry On A Recent Remembrance Trip For Turkish Soldiers Killed At Gallipoli

Third in line to the British throne and great, great, great grandson of Albert of Saxe-Coburg, Prince Harry was this week praised by world press after an hilarious tribute to Allo Allo actor Richard Marner at a recent fancy dress ball in aid of destitute fox hunters.

Marner, who played German officer Colonel Von Strohm in the hysterical ‘80's and ‘90's sit-com, last night reacted to the royal tribute with great pride, "I am overwhelmed by this to be honest. Apparently the young scallywag was quite taken by my performance in The Spy Who Came In From The Cold and since then has become quite the fan. I remember when I played the Russian President in The Sum of All Fears, I received a written request from the Royal Household for a couple of tickets to the premier. If I recall correctly, Harry came to that gig dressed as a KGB agent."

The last minute decision to hire the German officer's outfit came after Harry discovered there had been a booking mix up when the Idi Amin outfit he had ordered was mistakenly given to someone else. "I was gutted at first," explained the ginger prince, "I am a big fan of the 1974 documentary, Idi Amin Dada (A Self Portrait), and I was going to wear the outfit as tribute to that."

Prince William was at hand however and it was his intervention that saved the day. "When I discovered the mistake I was initially worried gingerfella might not be able to go to the ball, but then I spotted the Nazi uniform and knew things would be okay. Harry has a poster of Colonel Von Strohm on the wall of his en-suite and has always had soldier hankerings. It made sense and when I suggested it, there was never any doubt. Now the media have picked up on it in such a positive way I am quite proud of my contribution. At the present time, we can well do with the attention to be honest."

Adding to the authenticity, finishing touches to the uniform were applied by Harry's aunt, Baronet Gunther Von Reibnitz, also known as Princess Michael of Kent, who was happy to oblige, "It was no big deal really, I have loads of old bits and pieces lying around."

Meanwhile, Chancellor Gordon Brown was in Africa this week, saying it was time for Britain to stop apologising for its colonial past genocides and slave labour practices. Brown claimed that focus should be shifted to, "Great British values," such as freedom, tolerance, civic duty and bullshit rhetoric.

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