My Court informant (more sauce than source, as you might imagine) has always impressed on me that members of the Firm never, ever complain or explain. A word in the right ear always suffices to set the record straight, One understands.
So the continuing antics of Princess Anne’s son-in-law must be sending shock-waves along the corridors of Buck House and eliciting epic observations from The Grand Duke. First he got ratted in public. Second he indulged in public slap and tickle with an old flame. Third he was economical with the verite about his movements after said romp, when reporting back to his manager. Fourth, most recently, he announced that he has been singled out as a scape-goat for England’s rugby flop down-under. The implication is that it’s the RFU’s fault that he behaved badly. Doh!
It would be uncharitable to suggest that the oaf is a worthy successor to generations of Hooray Henrys with royal pretensions. Wouldn’t it?