"There is an old Chinese proverb that says the person who proclaims that it cannot be done, shouldn't interrupt the person who is doing it!
During the floods of November and December, 2012 when the Thames threatened to burst its banks, flood alerts were numerous across the South West of England. It wasn't too long before someone in Buckingham Palace realised that our Queen had never learned to swim as most of her childhood years had been taken up horse riding and shooting peasants ( sorry, I mean pheasants), on the Royal Estates.
'What shall we do? What shall we do?' went up the cry. 'What shall we do if the palace is flooded as our beloved Queen can't swim?'
It was left to the ingenuity of her youngest grandson, Prince Harry to save his grandmother as William and his new wife Kate were esconced in their own palatial home trying to make a little addition to their own family number.
'By George, I can't help out right now' replied William who'd been made a Duke of late and clearly outranked his younger brother. 'You'll have to see to grand ma..ma, Harry. I've got my own Queen to look after now and she fancies having an early night and being a ma..ma too!'
'Okay Wills, I'll do it, but only if you promise never to abdicate in my favour at a future date like Eddie the Eagle did when he flew the nest and dumped the crown to grand ma..ma's pa,' Prince Harry replied. 'There's just no way I'm cut out to be a King as I like my beer,cigs and women too much!'
'What do you intend to do, little brother?' the Duke of Cambridge asked Prince Harry.
'Have no fear, Wills. Little Harry will man the boat. You carry on doing whatever you were doing with Kate and I'll sort this lot out. I know a China Man who may be able to help out, but as for Grand Papa, he'll have to stay behind and take his chances. There's only room for two in this Chinese basket and I intend to be one of them!' Prince Harry replied. 'There's just no room for another basket case. Grand Pops can stay put and take his chances with the river rats!'
What's that you say, Maam? Who's not amused? Am I right in thinking that I've blown all chances of ever getting an MBE upgrade now?" William Forde: May 22nd, 2014.