Prince Charles has a lot on his plate this week after a new biography claimed that the Queen thinks Britain is not ready for her son’s activism should he become king anytime soon.
While his lawyers are set to examine the book closely to check if the author Catherine Mayer used ‘artistic license’ over her access to the Prince, Charles can take some comfort in the fact that he still has one ardent supporter.
The model Olivia Inge, who is a descendant of William Gladstone, is keen to go into business with the heir-to-the-throne. She hopes that he will help her open a teepee in Regent’s Park, offering free tea and acupuncture to the public. ‘I plan to pitch the idea to Prince Charles,’ she tells this month’s Tatler. ‘I think he’d be up for it.’
Inge, who is friends with both Prince William and Prince Harry, could well find her bizarre request winning support from the Prince of Wales. He has long been an advocate of acupuncture, as part of his push for more complementary medicine.
In 2011, Simon Singh criticised the Prince of Wales for his endorsement of alternative medicine, claiming that he was ‘ideologically fixated’ and had ignored evidence suggesting it offers little help to patients. ‘We presented evidence that disputes the value of alternative medicine and despite this he hasn’t changed his mind,’ the Trick or Treatment author said.