Prince Charles: Arabic hard to learn
March 14th, 2013
07:39 AM ET

Prince Charles: Arabic hard to learn

Prince Charles is learning Arabic but said he's having a difficult time of it.

At a networking event Thursday in Qatar for alumni of UK universities, he complimented guests on their impeccable English.

Qatar's energy minister inquired if Charles spoke any Arabic.

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Prince Charles visits refugee camp in Jordan
Prince Charles meets Syrian refugees in the King Abdullah Refugee Camp, 2 kilometers from the Syrian border.
March 13th, 2013
04:45 AM ET

Prince Charles visits refugee camp in Jordan

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited a U.N. refugee camp in Jordan on Wednesday, near the border with Syria.

The camp, run by the United Nations, UNICEF and Save the Children, is home to about 1,000 people who have fled the conflict that has raged for about two years.

About 20 children staying at the camp sang songs to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.


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Rare photo of teenage Diana sells for $18,369
This photo of a Diana, then 19, lying in bed was believed to have been taken around the time she got engaged to Prince Charles.
January 25th, 2013
08:10 PM ET

Rare photo of teenage Diana sells for $18,369

An intimate black-and-white photograph of Princess Diana as a teenager sold today for $18,396, a New Hampshire auction company said.

The photograph - which may never before have been seen by the public, RR Auction says - offers a glimpse of the future wife of Prince Charles lying down, perhaps on a bed, wearing a light sweater or top. Only her head and arms can be seen. Behind her a young man leans against the wall, reading, his book resting on her shoulder.

The only indication of date is a stamp on the back of the print saying "26 February 1981," which would be two days after the engagement of Diana, then 19, and Prince Charles was announced by Buckingham Palace. They married in July of that year.

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Radio DJs pretend to be queen, make prank call to Kate's hospital
The King Edward VII Private Hospital on December 4, 2012 in London, England.
December 5th, 2012
07:59 AM ET

Radio DJs pretend to be queen, make prank call to Kate's hospital

Two Australian radio DJs made a prank call to the hospital where Prince William's pregnant wife, Catherine, is staying with acute morning sickness, claiming to be Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Prince Charles.

The DJs, from Sydney's 2Day FM station, succeeded in getting through to Kate's private nurse at King Edward VII Hospital and had a brief conversation that included some details of her condition, according to audio of the call posted online.

The hospital issued a statement Wednesday confirming that the hoax call had been transferred to a ward in the early hours of Tuesday morning and a short conversation was held with one of the nursing staff.

The hospital "deeply regrets" the incident, it said.

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.


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