Prince Charles is unlikely to find it funny next time Boris Johnson struggles with an umbrella.
That’s because the co-chair of the Conservative Party is alleged to have profited from giving an ultra-wealthy client of his concierge company privileged access to the future king.
Ben Elliot, a nephew of Camilla, who is the Duchess of Cornwall, selling access to her hubby, Uncle Charlie, who is, of course, the Duke of Cornwall among his many Ruritanian titles, is a serious charge.
A “friend” of the political and business wheeler-dealer denied any wrongdoing – despite the evidence of leaked emails, a whistleblower and a telecoms millionaire who dined with the Prince in Scotland after paying a £15,000 annual fee to be an elite member of Elliot’s Quintessentially luxury operation.
Elliot’s spokesman later admitted there had been a meeting to discuss supporting the Prince’s charity work.
But this controversy is only one of a string to engulf the Conservatives. An heir to the throne who last week suppressed laughter when the Prime Minister was a wally with a brolly at what should’ve been a solemn police memorial ceremony in Staffordshire owes the nation a detailed account.
And so, too, does a Prime Minister who one day soon will discover that mud sticks – with pay-back time looming as voters grow increasingly angry that he runs the country as if he’s above the rules.
Labour is currently focusing on “cash for access” to the PM and Chancellor Rishi Sunak for Tory donors on a so-called advisory board paying up to £250,000 a year, with Elliot again involved.
Property developers supplying a large chunk of party funds smacks of selling out communities when the Government is driving a bulldozer through planning laws.
Whether it’s VIP lanes for Tories receiving Covid contracts or entitled Johnson behaving as if virus restrictions shouldn’t apply to him and his privileged circle, a them-and-us divide is turning the political weather against the Tories.
People will stop laughing at Johnson when they realise he is in Downing Street for what he can get out of it.
A PM who asks not what he can do for our country but looks for what our country can do for him will find people no longer laughing with him.
They’ll be screaming for him to go.