Veteran rocker Rod Stewart was left wishing he had a police escort like senior royals after he was late for an event with the Prince of Wales.
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.
But Stewart and his wife, Penny Lancaster, blamed London traffic for their 10-minute delay while travelling from their Wapping apartment, and the singer apologised to the Prince when the pair eventually met.
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.
After the apology, 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 along with his wife, said afterwards that he always tells he children to be on time: “We have a place over 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.”