Being a passive supporter of the British monarchy (let me clarify: in principle I’m not particularly in favour of the system but in the UK at least it appears to work well and I find the current situation much more preferable than some of the alternatives) I allow myself a little grin when Prince Charles does something good, like raising awareness of environmental issues and promoting the arts in underprivileged communities. In fact, I’ve even been on the receiving end: a couple of years ago, my band received a grant to support the recording and release of our first album.
However, the Prince’s stance on “integrated” (aka complementary or alternative) healthcare is a particularly nasty case of foot-in-mouth disease which leaves me banging my head on the wall in frustration. The sale of herbal tinctures on the Duchy Originals website and in several retail stores is an example of such a clanger-drop moment. The story has been covered in the media, and blogged here (in a blog that is somewhat less sympathetic to the Prince than my own).