Prince Charles chips in during stone carving demo

Thursday December 10, 2009

Heir to the throne Prince Charles found his stone carving skills weren't quite up to scratch when he had a go at the activity during an official visit.

"All I have done is to make a complete fool of myself by being offered a go at making a nasty mess of a lump of stone," said the royal, who was at the Dorset construction and training centre in Poundbury.

"It makes me more appreciate of the amazing skill needed to do this work."

Meanwhile it has emerged that Princes William and Harry borrowed nearly £3,000 from Police protection officers to pay a hotel bill on a private trip.

An official document showed Clarence House returned £2,744 to the Met for a December 2007 stay.

A spokeswoman for Clarence House stressed the loan was a private arrangement between the royal household and the Met, of which Prince Charles would not have known about.

"It was immediately reimbursed by the Prince of Wales' office account," she added.

Photo: © Rex

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