I was speaking to an ex-colleague of mine yesterday and she has a friend that was at the palace when Andy was there. This friend said so many of the award recipients were asking Andy for a photo. She said he was so obliging and everyone seemed really thrilled to meet him. Who needs a Prince when you have the King of British tennis?
I noticed a lot of excited people in some of the general clips they showed outside the palace, and I can't say I blame them. I know some people think it's wrong that rich celebs get awards, but those people generally forget that non-famous charity workers and carers etc also get awards, and it adds to their big day that they are getting rewarded along-side high profile recipients.
On that note, I thought it was a nice touch that Andy spoke of how nice it was for him
to meet the other recipients. Andy is mainly sport obsessed, but I think he has particular admiration for anyone who has dedicated their time to achieving something. There were plenty of those on Thursday.
It says a lot for Prince William's down-to-earthness that Andy felt he could tease him about his handwriting. It probably made HRH feel more relaxed too given it was his first investiture. Shame that the drug testers couldn't at least have given him a little leeway on this occasion, although it's possible Andy may just have said that he had an appointment, but not where!
Ha! There were a few people (on the Daily Mail comments section, so to be expected) who complained that it was dis-respectful. On the contrary, I think it was brilliant that Andy felt he could have a sensible conversation with William. Clearly, Andy's not your typical recipient, and he's never been particularly deferential (which is a good thing IMO), but I also think it's no surprise that William smiled when Andy's name was read out. It would have been a bit of light relief for him to have someone he could have an easy conversation with.
Andy hit our news here in Canada, and it's funny when my friends and family here ask if I knew about Andy getting his OBE.
They like to give me the 'news' about Andy because they know how many years I've supported him, and now they love to share any snippets with me.
Nice to know, thanks.
I see there was a clip on CBS too. You have to ignore the deliberate mistake. http://themacwire.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/prince-william-hosts-investiture-honors.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_content=Entertainment