Covering a shift for Archant papers and who should decide to visit Trinity Buoy Wharf but HRH Prince Charles. Here he is popping into The Driftwood Cafe for a chat with the proprietress Amanda Shadbolt. She makes a very fine chocolate cake, so fine that Charlie took a slice home for his missus.
It was an interesting afternoon, I came away thinking that he didn’t seem like a bad old chap, coming across as genuinely interested and engaged with the people he met and projects he visited. However, it turns out being able to take pictures of a royal means getting on something called the ‘Royal Rota’. This means that I must share my photos with pretty much anyone who wants them for free. I didn’t actually know about that part, so when I received a phone call from a third party this morning asking for all the photos, with a polite ‘we shan’t be paying thank-you-very-much’, I politely responded with a ‘no’. A quick grumpy call to archant confirmed that indeed I must give away the pictures to all and sundry.
Chastened, I have since distributed accordingly. Live and learn eh?