There is a Father’s Day saying: ”Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.’’ As Prince William (along with most of the country) waits nervously this Father’s Day for Kate to feel that first twinge of a contraction, it’s worth remembering that almost 31 years ago Prince Charles was doing exactly the same in the last few weeks of Diana’s first pregnancy.
To many people’s surprise, Charles turned out to be a rather good father – in very difficult circumstances. He had a volatile and unhappy marriage, an acrimonious and public divorce, and Diana was then shockingly killed when William and Harry were 15 and 12. Any of these things could have damaged them both irreparably and sent them dangerously off the rails. But they didn’t. You just have to look at William and Harry today – confident, caring, well-grounded, hardworking – and the warmth of their relationship with Charles, to know that he got it more or less right.
Woolwich outrage: we are too weak to face up to the extremism in our midst
Despite the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, David Cameron has failed to act against Islamist terrorism
Flowers laid in trirbute to Drummer Lee Rigby. ‘This act of blatant, total barbarism on an English street in broad daylight shocked every decent person, but not quite enough’ Photo: WILL WINTERCROSS
By Charles Moore8:08PM BST 14 Jun 2013121 Comments It is less than a month since Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich, yet already the incident feels half-forgotten. In terms of the legal process, all is well. Two men have been charged. There will be a trial. No doubt justice will be done. But I have a sense that the horror felt at the crime is slipping away.
The media, notably the BBC, quickly changed the subject. After a day or two focusing on the crime itself, the reports switched to anxiety about the “Islamophobic backlash”. According to Tell Mamma, an organisation paid large sums by the Government to monitor anti-Muslim acts, “the horrendous events in Woolwich brought it [Islamophobia] to the fore”. Tell Mamma spoke of a “cycle of violence” against Muslims.