‘Eco-hypocrite’ Prince Charles, who a couple of weeks ago told people in the United States that they should eat fewer steaks for the sake of the planet (this from a man who reportedly has 82 servants) is this week on a private visit to Romania, where he owns property. Tomorrow he will apparently meet Romania’s Minister of Tourism Elena Udrea. He will no doubt tell her that small scale, agro-tourism where wealthy types pay a fortune to play at being poor for a while is the way forward for Romanian tourism.
We do not intend repeating the article we wrote back in October, (or this one) but a reminder of the fact that Prince Charles (a fan of homeopathic ‘medicine’, by the way) is no friend of the Romanian peasant never does too much harm.
It is all very well visiting a Romanian village for a day or two and saying how jolly marvellous it is (especially when you stay in some rather agreeable accommodation), quite another to have to live in one your entire life. But then what would one of the most privileged men in the world know about hardship?
Remember: just this year a Eurostat report was published which stated that 42 per cent of homes in the Romanian countryside do not have indoor plumbing.
Note: we do not begrudge Charles his wealth nor his privileges.
We do however wish that he would stop telling the rest of us how to live, and that he would stop trying to convince people that peasant life in Romania is wonderful.