May 10th, 2012
02:26 PM ET

Prince Charles tries his hand at weather forecasting

If President Obama ever needs a weatherman to complement his slow-jamming-the-news segments, Prince Charles might be up for the task.

The Prince of Wales surprised BBC Scotland viewers around midday Thursday by presenting the lunchtime weather forecast.

Introduced by BBC anchor Sally Magnusson as "a new member of our weather team," the prince gestured at the screen behind him and wryly read a special script that referred not only to regions that viewers might expect - rain around Edinburgh, brighter conditions over the northern isles - but also to royal residences in Scotland.

He seemed amused when he got to the homes.

"There will be ... the potential for a few flurries over Balmoral - who the hell wrote this script? - as the afternoon goes on," the prince said.

The new forecaster seemed disappointed by the chilly conditions.

"A cold day everywhere, with temperatures of just 8 Celsius and a brisk northeasterly wind. Thank God it isn't a bank holiday!" he said.

Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, also took her turn with the same script.

The prince and the duchess spent more than an hour at BBC Scotland in Glasgow after he met students at the City of Glasgow College, the BBC reported. The BBC visit was meant to celebrate 60 years of BBC Scotland's television broadcasting.

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  1. veteran

    Why not he cant be any worse than the ones that get paid to do it! Bobcat in a hat love your jokes man.

    May 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cedar Rapids

    I am not a royalist by any stretch of the imagination but I have to say this was pretty funny and nicely done.

    May 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jnpa

    That was funny...good for him!

    May 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. The Wolfe

    Good show, old chap. Prince Charles has something to fall back on.

    May 10, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. henry

    Being a British weatherperson must be the easiest job in the world...It's Cold and Raining!!!!

    May 10, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lori

      I think LA has that honor; "hot and sunny – see you in 2 weeks for an update"

      May 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MissChameleon

    They should thank their lucky stars that due to Diana's influence the royal family has come out from behind iron gates and now they show the country that they are indeed real people. This has endeered them to the public once again and I know that means a lot for the queen. It's a tragedy that Diana died to put the message across.

    May 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. aspargus

    Ohhhhh, wow I clicked on that headline expecting an entirely different article.

    May 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ricardo

    Finally he did something to deserve his huge paycheck...
    next week, hell do the news.

    May 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ohsnap

    Well done! I doubt whether this would ever have happened had Lady Diana's influence in England not been present. It's not everyone who can say they changed the face of a monarchy, but she sure did.

    May 10, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. michelle

    I look at them and all I can see is the pain they caused Diana. The creep should never have married her. He was too immature to marry someone that young. And she-creep was no better him. Both of them hurt a lot of people because of their selfishness and self-centeredness. Forget? Never. Remember Diana? Always. I clicked on this link so I could post this note. It feels good. Did I find them funny? More like disgusting. Thank you, Diana, for your two boys and for humanizing the monarchy, except for the two creeps who will never come across as humans to me, but rather as arrogrant, self-absorbed and classless.

    May 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bonferee

      I just don't get how people take what is going on in the lives of others this personally, especially in matters such as this. I understand taking on the cause of victims of war or genocide but one would think the commenter was Diana personal friend or that the Duke and Duchess have especially offended her recently or that she has a special relationship with the Royals other than what she sees in the media. Quit being so dramatic, you don't know them, they don't know you.

      May 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. plenty

    His mama should retire and let him be king before he dies.

    May 10, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fladabosco

    Hey, don't quit your day job. Oops, forgot he gets millions not to have one.

    He does seem rather normal. Too bad.

    May 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. elizabeth

    This was actually rather charming. It's harder to speak and click the maps than one thinks, hmm? I did like HM's casual on-camera manner. His Majesty would make a great alternate when the usual reporter is out.

    May 11, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
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