UK newspapers relish royal rump yarn

  • 14/11/2015
Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive during a dinner at Admiralty House (AAP)
Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive during a dinner at Admiralty House (AAP)

British newspapers have cheekily swooped on the story of an Australian hand straying onto Prince Charles's "royal rump" in Sydney.

Janine Kirk, the head of the prince's Australian charities, was photographed on Thursday with her hand placed well down the visiting royal's back as she introduced him to victims of the 2013 Blue Mountains bushfires.

She insists she was just "guiding him around".

In London yesterday The Daily Mirror's headline read: "I didn't touch Prince Charles Down Under", with the article referring to "a cheeky Aussie businesswoman" patting Charles "on the royal rump".

The Sun ran a caption saying "Cheeky Janine pats Charles" while The Daily Mail headline read: "Put a hand on Charles's rear? What a cheek!"

In The Times, the headline read: "Prince endures a waltzing Matilda" with its story saying "a leading Australian took her own extended tour down under with the Prince of Wales... placing her hand on the royal rump for about eight seconds."

Ms Kirk has been forced to defend her actions and deny any breach of royal protocol.

"It is just a funny camera angle. As if I would touch his bottom. It is just ridiculous," she said.

When asked about the incident a spokeswoman for the prince said he was "focused on the event, nothing should distract from that".

Several British newspapers drew parallels with a 1992 incident when then Prime Minister Paul Keating put his hand on the Queen's back and earned the nickname of the "lizard of Oz" in the UK.

NZN