He said: “I have been trying to get myself a place for years. I can’t get myself a place. What do you have to do?
“What’s fantastic is that my brother and his wife will be doing it next year, I think. He’s going to have to now, isn’t he?”
Harry made the comments during the BBC’s coverage of this year’s event, where he will present trophies to the winners.
But a Clarence House spokesman later confirmed the royal couple had no firm plans to enter the race, adding: “It was said in jest.”
Harry said: “It’s my first experience on the finish line. I’ve tried to get out on the course and have a look around, sit outside a pub and watch people go by – the laziest way of doing it.
At Wednesday’s political Cabinet, the Coalition’s most senior ministers were told by Number 10 officials that the relationship between politicians and public is defined not only by results but by perceived motive. It is not enough for the voters to support your policies. They must trust your values, your purpose, your reason for taking action.
If, to take an obvious example, the punters can be persuaded that the top rate of tax is being cut from 50p to 45p to increase revenues (penal rates drive down the tax take) and to encourage growth, all will be well. But if they think that a Tory Chancellor is slashing top taxes just to help the party’s rich pals… well, not so much. Tomorrow, the Prime Minister will embark on a round of media appearances in an effort to make sense of the past month and to reassure the public that the Coalition remains committed to a coherent strategy of deficit reduction, radical public service reform and the transformation of the welfare system. “He’ll rise above the headlines we’ve had since the Budget,’’ according to one source, “and restore a sense of the big narrative.”
Every one of the great principles which for centuries have underpinned the criminal justice system in Britain came under attack: trial by jury, habeas corpus, free speech, even the separation of powers between executive and judiciary.
Tony Blair, who had trained as a barrister, took the view that ancient liberties like a fair trial and the presumption of innocence belonged were Dickensian. He licensed a series of home secretaries, from David Blunkett to John Reid, to wage war on the judges, and undermined the judiciary’s standing and independence.
It is greatly to the credit of Theresa May that when the Conservatives were in opposition she resisted this calculated populism and stood up for traditional liberties. Almost her first act in office was to put an end to ID cards, and early on she displayed a level-headed and unexcitable statesmanship of a kind that the Home Office had not experienced for many years.