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King Charles: Nightmare when Mike Tyndall signed up for I’m a Celebrity


Let me tell you this once and for all: royalties and television do not mix. Like oil and water or cheap gin and first-year university students, for decades the combination of the House of Windsor and the small screen has been a recipe for disaster.

There’s no shortage of eerily perfect examples here.

What to choose from? Footage has emerged of the Queen Mother, Princess Elizabeth and the man who would become Edward VIII giving the Nazi salute? A 1969 doco with Prince Philip scathingly stripping away the royal magic? The 1981 engagement interview between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, when he infamously said, “Whatever love means,” or, ten years later, their on-camera admission of his and her adultery?

(You mean 1987 It’s a royal knockout or should i? Later it turned out that Andrei tried to push Meatloaf into the ditch, but the singer grabbed the prince and shouted: “I don’t care who you are.”)

Let’s not forget that time in 2019 when Harry and MeganThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex used a documentary about their tour of South Africa to talk about their troubles, the Duke’s late-night antics with James Corden on TV in 2021 (which included the Duke asking a stranger if he could use their toilet), or that the duo followed that up with an H-bomb that was their own Oprah sit down.

Then there’s the royal TV walk to beat them all – Prince Andrew’s disastrous appearance on Newsnight.

However, all those Nazi-curious, no-sweat, contested infidelities don’t seem to have taught the younger generation of royals anything with the news this week that Mike Tyndall, husband of Princess Anne’s daughter Zara, it is reportedly set to appear in the UK version I’m a celebrity, get me out of here.

So we have someone who appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to compete four nights a week with washed up X factor contestants doing things like eating a kangaroo’s anus so he can rake in a small fortune? (Last year’s star recruit, Mo Farah, was reportedly paid more than $500,000 to participate.)

What can go wrong…

It should be noted that Tyndall is not breaking any rules or changing royal protocol. Anne has decided to forego the titles for her children for this very reason – so they can live relatively normal lives, albeit one in which their spouse has to fight scorpions in prime time from time to time to pay for a new kitchen (I guess). .

But what for I’m a celebrity this week’s news that really grabbed the attention this week is the thorny situation the lesser royals face when it comes to money. They need it and, unfortunately, for King Charlesoften, their most marketable quality is their proximity to the throne.

Now for the sovereign and those who will sit on the throne, money concerns are usually something they only understand in the abstract, such as downtime or having to fill out a job application thanks to the combined $84 million in annual income they receive from the Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall .

But move just a few places down the pecking order and the situation is much less cheerful.

Take for example Queen Elizabeth children when she ruled. Charles, thanks to his dukedom, had tens of millions to play with (lucky Camilla!), but all three of his siblings lived on the comparatively paltry $513,000 (tax-free) allowance they received each year from mum. (The sovereign grant only covers official costs, such as travel and office staff.)

That would be fine for you or me, but for royals who are used to living in luxury, that money doesn’t go very far.

Take Andrew, everyone’s least favorite fan of Pizza Express. It was reported that in 2011 he decided to go to New York to spend a few days with his friend Jeffrey Epstein because he wanted to get $200,000 from the financier to save Fergie from bankruptcy. (The Duchess was actually in the red by more than $11 million.)

As a friend of the Duke later told Fair of vanity: “Members of peripheral families are severely underfunded and have limited options as to how commercial they can be to make money. You can’t get a regular job without leaving your family, and family responsibilities take up a large percentage of your time.

“The main problem is that you can’t let children sovereignly hunt for money … You are in a constant search for money.”

This “constant search” still extends to the next generation. With the exception of Princes William and Harry, raised from birth to a lifetime of ribbon cuttings and suburban leisure centre-openings, the rest of them (Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenia, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn) have all grown up, knowing they encounter the “j” word is work.

However, jobs at art galleries and marketing firms aren’t enough to keep the Windsor scion in posh pink and Chelsea townhouses, leaving them with only one option: to trade in their royal status.

And that for Queen Elizabeth, and now King Charles, it was and will continue to be a regular PR nightmare.

In January 2020, Ann’s eldest child, Peter Phillips, rightfully hit the British press for appearing in an ad for a Chinese state-owned dairy company. (Also, the niece of the late Princess of Wales, Lady Kitty Spencer, traded in her proximity to the palace, flogging another Chinese milk brand.)

Or there’s the Tindalls, who don’t mind putting their names on quite a wide range of products, from CBD oil to Land Rover to the Covid passport program that later caused security problems. (The Daily Mail it was previously reported that the pair had signed commercial contracts worth nearly $2 million.)

Andrew’s youngest daughter Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Bruskbank and their son August currently living part-time in Portugal where Jack helps build a luxury estate with 300 houses. What, you ask, gives a man whose career highlights include running Mahiki nightclub in Mayfair and serving as ambassador for George Clooney’s tequila brand Casamigos, such a great gig? Could it have something to do with the fact that he is part of the royal inner circle by marriage? Conveniently for developers, now when someone writes about Eugenia, they may end up mentioning CostaTerra Golf Club and Ocean Club.

The point is that Mike, Zara, Peter and Eugenie can automatically get into the Royal Box at Ascot, Balmoral every summer and cuddle with the King, but to maintain a certain lifestyle they have very little choice but to share their royal connections .

It’s hard to imagine that this situation won’t become more pronounced and, for Charles, more of a headache in the years to come, and tuition fees are rising.

Poor guy. Not only will he have to find a way to deal with this incident, but Mike’s star turn will only hinder Charles’ future appearances in the BBC series Repair workshop from the rating park. Somehow, I think we can predict what will become popular with the masses: watching the wall clocks from Charles Dumfries House being fixed, or Mike eating a crocodile penis. Long may the reality show rule over us all.

Daniela Elzer is a writer and royal commentator with over 15 years’ experience working with a number of Australia’s leading media outlets.

Originally published as King Charles’s nightmare as the royal signs up to make me a celebrity

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