The Prince of Wales is no stranger to the foolery of the media. Some of it has always been done out of ignorance, but plenty more spreads misunderstanding deliberately. And it has a long history. Back in 1980, for instance, The Guardian newspaper gleefully reported that he had installed what they called “a strange machine” at Buckingham Palace – another of his mad ideas that would never catch on. That strange device was called a bottle bank.

The Prince told me this story as we walked a remote stretch of coastline at the very tip of North East Scotland. We had just completed a book, Harmony, co-authored ...


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