VETERAN rocker Rod Stewart committed the ultimate faux pas after turning up late for an appointment with the Prince of Wales.
The singer and his wife, Penny Lancaster, blamed London traffic for their breach of royal protocol, and the singer apologised to the prince when the pair eventually met.
The couple were ten minutes late after travelling from their Wapping flat, and Prince Charles had already opened a Prince’s Trust shop, near the City of London, called Tomorrow’s Store, which sells jewellery, clothing, shoes and decorative objects designed by young entrepreneurs who have been helped by his charity.
The two men were soon sharing a joke, and when the prince asked how the singer’s voice was, Stewart replied “improving with age” and his wife quipped: “Like a lot of other things.”
Stewart, a Prince’s Trust ambassador, said afterwards that he always told his children to be on time: “We have a place in Wapping and it took us three-quarters of an hour to get here.”
He added, laughing: “I wish I had my own police escort, I would always be on time.”
Protocol dictates that members of the Royal Family arrive last for a public engagement – with the Queen usually turning up just minutes before an event begins.