In a desperate attempt to drag up some interest in the royal beanfeast next week the BBC’s royal correspondent, the servile Nicholas Witchell (I remember him scabbing during the journalist’s dispute some years back) pushed out a load of old cobblers last night designed to show that the Middleton woman was from real working class stock. He then gibbered on about a chip shop up north or something, but I really couldn’t be arsed to concentrate.
And now, on the Beeb website they give us a family tree which demonstrates, in their words, that she is from “far more humble roots”. So… we can see that back in the early nineteenth century William Middleton was so poor that “The couple moved to a mansion in Chapel Allerton where they employed two servants.” Only two servants!!! Now that’s real suffering for you. But don’t worry, towards the end of the century the family were dragging themselves out of the mire and great-grandfather Noel was sorting himself out in a private school before he met Olive and married into the aristocracy!
It was a wonder that the prince’s new missus’ ma and pa could afford the £30,000 a year in fees to Marlborough College as they scratted around in their humble abode.