10/04/2012

Prince Harry: Behind the girls ... there's more girls

Harry cover

It would be hard to think that there's much left in Prince Harry's life that hasn't been uncovered -- one way or another.

Still, the UK magazine Tatler takes a shot in their November issue with a blue-eyed enhanced image of Harry in his Royals and Blues dress uniform and under the cover headline 'Dirty Harry.' The title's a bit of a stretch considering the contents, but for Harry-o-philes, there's enough nuggets about life with the 28-year-old prince to keep the reader riveted.

Among them:

Chelsy-- Former girlfriend Chelsy Davy (right) "used to drive him mad." She had to ability, apparently, to give as good as she got if she perceived a slight from Harry. She'd think nothing of turning off her phone for days to freeze him out, or walking out on him at a club. "Harry has never felt the same about anyone as he did aobut Chelsy -- mainly, I think, because the other girls he's been with have been too eager to please," a source told the magazine.

-- Harry made an "executive decision" years ago to go "only for girls who had enough to lose by going to the press."

-- Some of his favourite London haunts are The Box Soho, Raffles and Maggie's, where he often enters and exits through back halls and fire exits. He is, as expected, an attraction for the female set. Girls throw themselves at him -- "It's actually pretty impressive what he's had to resist," said one observer.

-- When not in the company of girls, he spends a lot of time texting them. "Harry likes to be in touch with as many girls as he can. He generally keeps up with girls he's pulled in the past and always wants to know who will be where when he goes out in London," one old girlfriend told Tatler.

-- Although he can get pretty wild and crazy -- he has swallowed goldfish at parties -- he has always maintained good manners (the magazine credits Prince Charles). He always writes thank-you notes, has a knack for remembering names, and though he himself is "messy to the point of squalor," he will always offer to do the dishes.

-- Harry had quite a reputation as someone who enjoyed smoking weed. That phase, insists the magazine, only lasted a year. Since then, the girl habit that has taken its place.

-- The Las Vegas naked photos episode -- one of Harry's darker party moments -- revealed a remarkable lack of discretion by his personal protection officers, who seemed to take a hands-off policy with how Harry behaves as long as no one is nearby with a potential weapon. That wasn't always the case. The magazine tells the story of a house party in 2007 where an officer deleted all the photos from a guest's camera when it was thought they contained a background shot of Harry inhaling laughing gas from a balloon.

-- If you recall the pictures of shirtless Harry, you'll remember one of his identifying features is the necklace he always wears. Tatler tells us it was given to him by a Botswana shaman with a promise of protecting him from evil spirits. (How's that working for you, Harry?)

-- A footnote on Vegas to those worried about how many tax dollars were spent. While it was rumoured that hotel magnate Steve Wynn picked up much of Harry's tab for the weekend, the word is that Harry took care of all the bills.

HEY DUKE ... WHAT DID YOU CALL ME?

Prince Philip has always been a man of colourful phrases, some more embarrassing than others.

PhilipBut -- and this is the crucial question -- was he the first person to call someone a 'blue-arsed fly'?

The folks at the Oxford English Dictionary want to know. As of now, they credit Philip with the first use of the rather odd putdown, dating it to 1970 when he accused a photographer of "running around like a blue-arsed fly."

Webster's launched a website this week to invite readers to challenge their assertion. It's all part of their continuing research into the history of English words and phrases.

The dictionary experts have already cast some doubt on whether Philip was the original pontificator or the phrase, finding that the variant "blue-assed fly" was uttered in 1932.

Webster's is in the process of challenging the historical context of many phrases, including 'bellini' cocktail, 'come in from the cold', 'disco', 'cooties', 'FAQ', and 'in your dreams!'

Will Philip keep his place in the dictionary? He certainly should be in there somewhere, if only to preserve his foot-in-mouth utterances, like asking an aboriginal leader in Australia in 2002: "Do you still throw spears at each other?"

(For more of the Duke's famous quotes, check out our gallery.)

 

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