Duchess Kate's body given the thumbs-up from Cheryl Cole
Singer Cheryl Cole is a royal wannabe. Sometimes, Prince Charles must wish he wasn't royal at all.
Which brings us to a couple of items in the royal war chest today.
First, attention is directed to Cole, as she very much likes it to be. The opinionated pop singer is an unabashed royal fan and has met many members of the family, including Prince Charles, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.
She has a particular fondness for Kate and was taken aback by the scandal that erupted when topless photos of the holidaying duchess and Prince William where published last month.
"Disgusting," the 29-year-old has told the Times in London. "They were having a private moment and it was absolutely invaded."
Not content to end the thought there, Cole continued: "She does have a great pair of boobs, though, right?"
It was undoubtedly a rhetorical question.
Cole's admiration extends beyond the physical. She described meeting Kate at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert as "amazing."
"She's so ordinary. I mean, obviously, she isn't because she's a princess, but she's easy to get along with."
The admiration appears mutual. In her recently-released book, "My Story," Cole breaks with royal protocol to describe a conversation she had with William and Kate at the Jubilee concert. In it, Kate 'fessed up to dressing up as Cole for her bachelorette party and performing Cole's 2009 hit "Fight for This Love."
“I could just imagine her and it was so surreal," Cole wrote.
Cole is likewise smitten with Prince Harry, whom she has met and, she admits, even dreamed about. His naked weekend in Vegas a few months ago did not escape her attention.
“Well, I mean, it’s not the smartest thing in his position,” she said. “But didn’t (his mother Princess) Diana always want them to have normal lives? And you do not get more normal than that. Do you? Taking off your clothes in Vegas.”
PRINCE CHARLES' CLUB CASTING FOR TROUBLE
Prince Charles (seen here with the aformentioned Cheryl Cole) is caught in the net of a fly fishermen brouhaha.
The operative word here is 'men.' The 120-year-old Flyfishers' Club in London has enjoyed the patronage of Charles since 1984, but that partnership is being tested with the latest missive from the gentlemen's club.
Thanks to Britian's Equality Act of 2010 to break down barriers to women, the club struck a committee to figure out how to deal with this fly in the ointment, so to speak. Women had previously been allowed to participate in some club functions, but not others, such as club dinners.
Not content to open the door all the way, the club has decided that in order to comply with the law, they will take up an "all-male guest policy at all times," said the Daily Mail.
The paper quotes club president Anthony Edwards in a letter to members: "It is with great regret that, now that the committee is fully appraised of the law, we can no longer invite ladies to certain club events."
Fiona Armstrong, author and TV journalist, has written books on fly-fishing and for the club's magazine. She is calling on the club to "be more flexible."
"What are the men worried about ... do they think we're going to catch bigger fish?" asked Armstrong, who has been rebuffed in her own attempts to join the club.
Prince Charles lends his name to more than 400 clubs and causes, as patron or president. They cover everything from from The King James Bible Trust to The Lleyn Sheep Society, many of them a direct result of his passion for conservation.
Charles hasn't yet stepped into this fly-fishing mess, but chances are he will find this bait tough to ignore.