'B******t': After Mike Tindall's reaction to Matt Hancock, which royals have also been caught swearing?
Mike Tindall has candidly expressed his impression of Matt Hancock's entry into the jungle on ITV's I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
The royal and former rugby star said of the MP's controversial entrance to the jungle: "When he opened his mouth when he was asked why did he come here, all I heard was b******t, b******t, b******t."
Hancock has said he wants to use the show to demonstrate the "human" side of politicians.
But it has been widely deemed an attempt at redeeming himself with the public after he resigned in disgrace for breaching social distancing guidelines while conducting an affair with colleague Gina Coladangelo.
Tindall's reaction may come as no surprise to those who remember how stringently social distancing guidelines were followed by the Royal Family during Prince Philip's funeral in 2021. It has been widely reported that Downing Street offered to waive the restrictions for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral. However, Queen Elizabeth refused this offer, according to Private Eye on the grounds she "wanted to set an example rather than be an exception to the rules".
Johnson was later forced to apologise to the Queen when it was revealed there had been illegal parties in Downing Street the evening prior to the Duke's funeral.
Tindall is not funded by the taxpayer or a "working royal" and is therefore under less pressure to conform to strict royal protocol than more senior family members, but he is by no means the first member of the House of Windsor to use a few expletives in public now and then.
While every effort goes into each and every royal appearance to try and make it as scripted as possible, over the years the odd blue phrase has been uttered.
Perhaps the most memorable - and unsurprising given who said it - came from the lips of the late Prince Philip who famously let rip on a photographer taking too long to capture a shot in 2015.
"Just take the f*****g picture," he is reported to have said during an event with the RAF Club which marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. His grandson Prince William was seen trying not to laugh as he stood behind him.
Princess Anne has also been accused of swearing in 2003, when a reporter for The Mirror — Ryan Parry — went undercover at Buckingham Palace after applying for a job there as a footman and concealing that he worked as a journalist for the tabloid paper.
Parry claimed that Anne said a member of staff was a "f*****g incompetent t**t". This began a legal battle between the Royal Family and the publication. A temporary injunction was granted to the Queen which was eventually made permanent and stopped The Mirror — edited at the time by Piers Morgan — publishing any further details Parry had gathered during his period of employment at the palace.
Queen Elizabeth has also been reported to swear in public on one occasion: when chatting with actor Brian Blessed in 2019.
Blessed regaled the story the following year at the Hay Literary Festival.
"The Queen was in hysterics about" Blessed's accidental swearing while he hosted the BBC show Have I Got News For You, he claimed, adding that the late monarch said to him: "that was a funny story you told about going to the toilet on [Mount] Everest, Mr. Blessed".
He then admitted that the Queen went on to explain the etymology of the word he had used: "What I would like to say to you is that f**k is an Anglo-Saxon word. It means spreading the seed."