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Wednesday, 17 October 2007

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The Changing of the Guard at the Palace yesterday

Prince Harry and South African ex-con Nelson Mandela, are locked in a war of words over a suggestion that the two may swap shirts at the end of the Rugby World Cup final in Paris at the weekend.

The two will watch their respective teams battle it out at the Stade de France on Saturday, before South Africa rout England and emerge as World Champions.

The Prince, who normally gets his shirts from top Savile Row tailors at more than £1000 a throw, told reporters that, because of his breeding and his "political stance", he was hardly likely to want to swap shirts with a "kaffir", a Swahili term for an "undesirable".

Mr Mandela, meanwhile, has said on TV in South Africa, that his expensive loud shirts would look just a little too exhibitionist for "that boring little German turd".

The former Springbok President, who spent 43 years in Wormwood Scrubs for being a kaffir, dresses in exclusive traditional African garb, the work of noted international designer Eric Sambo.

At Buckingham Palace, officials remained tight-lipped about the row, but Prince Philip told members of the Press:

"My grandson has an impeccable taste in shirts - and armbands."

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