Here's How to Have Charles and Di Sleep Over Without Having to Get Out the Good Sheets
updated 04/18/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/18/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Introduced in England at an international toy-and-hobby fair last January, the Headliners are scheduled to go on sale in America in late spring. And based upon advance interest and orders, Neufeld hopes to sell some 500,000 pillows. A few members of the public have taken offense. "One guy at a toy fair said that it was disgusting to stuff royalty with pajamas," says Neufeld. "He expressed the view that we should be shot." The Crown might concur. The Lord Chamberlain's office usually prohibits the use of royal images for commercial purposes, and Neufeld hasn't even bothered to ask for approval. "These are caricatures, not likenesses," he reasons, "so I feel I didn't need to seek permission. I don't think we've been obscene or pornographic in any way, so there should be no objection."
If Chas and Di are successful, they're likely to kick off a whole series of celebrity pajama bags. But whose fabulous face to bag next? The Reagans? Neufeld thinks for a moment, then shakes his head. "Because his term is coming to an end they probably wouldn't be a commercial proposition." The Gorbachevs? "I don't think people would want to take them to bed." Gary Hart and Donna Rice? "Yes! It doesn't matter if he's not running. Yes—now you're talking!"