Prince Harry (#4) enjoys ‘loo roll-related party games.’
Prince William (#46) likes carry-on style humour and chocolate biscuit cake.
Kate Middleton’s (#22) favourite tipple is JD and diet Coke.
Pippa (#153) is ‘a really good swimmer’ and remarkably polite.
The Queen (#1) was given her first corgi, Susan as an 18th birthday present.
So says British society glossy magazine Tatler, which has just published its annual ‘Tatler List’ of ‘people who really matter’, which, this year, is living online at tatler.com. The publication of the Tatler list is always something of an event in UK society, and, as much as people complain it’s a ridiculous anachronism stuffed with aristocratic half-wits, there’s only one thing worse for London’s social butterflies than being low down it, and that’s not being on it at all.
This year, the list is interactive, meaning individuals go up and down the chart not just according to the weighting given them by the editors who run the mag itself, but also according to how many clicks, uniques, page views, likes and tweets each entry gets.
It’s a surprisingly democratic decision for a magazine that prides itself on being about as egalitarian as divine right.
Speaking to the Daily Beast, Tatler editor Kate Reardon said that the Young Royals – William, Kate, Harry and Pippa - have given ‘society’ a new impetus.
‘William, Kate, Harry and Pippa are fantastically important to society. In the Tatler theme park, they are the hub. The way that they handled the wedding and all the choices they have made since then, have earned them many brownie points.’
In what way? ‘They have shown they have very finely attuned antenna as to how their behaviour will play outside the sophisticated metropolitan hubs. They have shown Olympic levels of self-control. Every fashion brand has tried to seduce them, because they are marketing gold, but they have resisted all those overtures. They have kept their dignity and their cool intact. They are not shown out in nightclubs with Paris Hilton.’
What about Harry? He’s never out of the Arts Club when he’s in London? ‘Harry goes out and he has a laugh, but it’s never sleazy.’
Hmm. Maybe. But what’s all this cryptic stuff about him ‘enjoying loo-roll related games’? Do they chuck rolls of the stuff at each other? It doesn’t sound very hedonistic. Or is this a reference to the university party photos of Pippa Middleton wearing a dress made out of disintegrate-able toilet paper?
‘Part of the joy of the list is that it’s incredibly insider, and we don’t spill all the beans. We want to give an insight but we don’t want to betray confidences too far.’