London - (Ass Mess): The Qatari ruler's $5 billion bung will pay for next year's royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Spoof writer Queen Mudder was first to break the terrible news last month during the Emir's three-fay vanity visit to Windsor Castle.
Palace sources had long feared no nuptials would be possible because of draconian government cutbacks to the royal gravy train.
But Shaikh Rattle N Roll al-Thani and his No 3 wife Mozzad very kindly dipped into their gas money accounts to 'do the decent thing' by the young couple.
Prince Charles' announcement today made clear his absolute delight at the forthcoming union.
But UK red tops said it was a silly headline spoiler about the current global financial crisis.
Princess Anne's corgi Gretchen is six weeks pregnant.