London’s answer to Game of Thrones

epa01176511 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (3-L) and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh (3-R) are joined at Clarence House by members of their family at Clarence House on the occasion of a dinner hosted by HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall to mark the forthcoming Diamond Wedding Anniversary of The Queen and The Duke in London, Englandm 18, November 2007 EPA/TIM GRAHAM / POOL
epa01176511 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (3-L) and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh (3-R) are joined at Clarence House by members of their family at Clarence House on the occasion of a dinner hosted by HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall to mark the forthcoming Diamond Wedding Anniversary of The Queen and The Duke in London, Englandm 18, November 2007 EPA/TIM GRAHAM / POOL

State aid for families is to be capped at £23,000. Only the royal family will be unlimited.

State aid for families is to be capped at £23,000. Only the royal family will be unlimited.

“The Royal Family” is the best funded soap in the UK. Eastenders, Corrie, The Archers and so on aren’t at the races. It shows; “The Royal Family” is far more authentic. The others depend on actors, “The Royal Family” is acted out in, what passes for real life in front of our eyes.

Which one is best value for money? That’s a harder question. They all entertain and boost our morale by briefly distracting us from the daily round and common task but only “The Royal Family” also pulls in tourists in such numbers. Probably some holidaymakers visit the East End but you don’t need a Which Report to tell you that more traipse round Buckingham Palace. It’s London’s answer to Belfast’s Game of Thrones.

You have to admit that the London version is a lavish production. Did you see the recent episode where Princess Kate went into a posh hospital to have a baby? She was in for a couple of hours and then back in front of the cameras with the new baby. She was wearing a Jenny Packham dress costing between £2,000 and £3,000. “Well of course Kate looked well. She had an entire team of people helping her gain that new mother glow,” wrote Ellen Barr in this paper.

Meanwhile, the Prince for chatting to girls, Prince Harry, or is that Prince Andrew? – (it’s easy to get mixed up) was down under chatting to girls. Yes, it’s better than Downton Abbey for boosting ordinary people’s morale.