London - (Pulling a Farce One Mess): As hoaxes go this one's a right royal cracker.
Yesterday's stunning hoax car attack has seen the faux HRHs' popularity sore (sick).
The masterpiece of timing and execution is said to have been planned weeks ago by wily Clarence House PR staff.
Last night it delivered the couple to Regent Street, a prime chunk of Crown Estate land, where rent-a-crowd student mercenaries struck.
Trussed up in royal baubles and bling Charles and Camilla were photographed looking gobsmacked as their ancient Palace Daimler was pelted with bricks, paint and dog mess.
This morning red top photos show the freaked-out couple looking much like the 1980s BBC sitcom pair Terry and June on acid.
The shots are guaranteed to milk the nation's sympathy for a few more days as a police postmortem on the 'attack' focuses attention on the hapless pair.
"It's the sort of cheap PR stunt Diana would have relished," Daily Smearer editorial sources commented today.
Kate Middleton promises to sober up for Xmas.