Charles Complains: 'I Hate Doing This'
Looking increasingly uncomfortable as the cameras clicked, Charles was asked how he felt about his impending April 8 wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles. "I'm very glad you have heard of it," the prince snapped.
He then said, ostensibly under his breath: "Bloody people … I can't bear them." Earlier, Charles was heard saying: "I hate doing this."
The younger generation was far more diplomatic at the photo call. Of his father's wedding, Prince William said he was feeling "very happy, very pleased. It'll be a good day." Yet he was coy about his relationship with Kate Middleton, with whom he has been widely photographed over the past two weeks.
Asked if he, too, might soon have some sort of announcement, William replied: "Er, no, I don't think so." He also said he's not seen the press coverage of his and Middleton's being out and about together, including on the ski slopes.
"I have not seen any of it. I'm just gagging to get on the slopes, basically. Simple as that," said William.
Attempting to explain Charles's outbursts, a palace official, stressing that the heir to the throne "has no disrespect for journalists," said: "He is very much looking forward to the wedding, but he is not comfortable talking about it."
The official added that Charles is not fond of photo calls and "would rather not be doing it, but he recognizes it's an opportunity to see the family together. Yesterday's paparazzi pictures probably have not helped."