Queen knew ‘humiliating’ idea to win fans would be ‘big mistake’, expert says
Image is everything for our Royal Family but when the Queen’s children put their respect at risk, she just couldn’t say no.
In June 1987, Prince Edward recruited his siblings to take part in the silliest game show on TV – ending in hideous humiliation.
More than 18 million people watched the special episode of It’s a Royal Knockout at Alton Towers. Edward, Anne, Andrew and Fergie donned medieval costumes and went head-to-head in ridiculous games to raise £1million for charity.
The nation howled at their expense and the Queen was less than impressed.
According to royal expert Ben Pimlott, Her Majesty was against the idea of her children making a mockery of themselves – and her staff thought it was a mistake, too.
An insider told him: “[The Queen] was against it, but one of her faults is that she can’t say no.”
It’s a Knockout was one of the UK’s most popular game shows, inviting the public to test their strength and skill on obstacle courses and in outrageous challenges including water and grease – everyone made a fool of themselves, but that was the fun of it.
Even celebrities got involved in the ‘disastrous’ Royal event. We saw Gary Lineker and John Travolta, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard and even Meat Loaf, who sadly passed away on January 20.
The Bat Out of Hell singer got into a scuffle with Prince Andrew on the show. He told the Guardian that Fergie paid him a lot of “attention” and jealous Andrew took violent action.
He explained: “Fergie wasn't exactly flirting with me, but she was paying attention to me, and I think Andrew got a little – I could be wrong, I'm just reading into this – I think he got a little jealous… Anyway, he tried to push me in the water. He tried to push me in the moat.
“So I turned around and I grabbed him and he goes, 'You can't touch me. I'm royal.' I said, 'well you try to push me in the moat, Jack, I don't give a s**t who you are, you're goin' in the moat’.”
But it wasn’t just Andrew causing a scene – royal expert Jennie Bond recalled Fergie’s behaviour on Channel 5’s Fergie Vs Diana: Royal Wives at War.
“It’s a Royal Knockout will go down in royal history as one of the biggest c**k-ups of all time I think. It was a disaster from beginning to end, it was absolutely humiliating.
“Sarah with her usual gusto entered into it, and if she gets into something she does it with bells on.”
Needless to say, the Royals won’t do it again!
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