Kate Middleton sent Fleet Street into a spin last night when it emerged that she had apparently accidentally revealed the sex of her much-discussed royal baby.
After being given a teddy bear by a member of the public in Grimsby yesterday afternoon, Kate was reportedly overheard saying “thank you, I will take that for my d…” before stopping herself mid-flow.
Naturally, her alleged slip has set tongues wagging all over the country and provided the basis for some 443 separate news articles online, many of them speculating hysterically about what she’ll call her ‘daughter’.
But Kate needn’t feel too bad about the incident. After all, she didn’t swear, make a fool of herself or mispronounce the monosyllabic surname of a former Culture Secretary.
And she’s far from the first person in public life to have said the wrong thing at the wrong time. To err is human, and all of us, from princesses to paupers, are susceptible to the odd gaffe. Don’t believe me? Then have a look at these:
Gordon Brown saves the world
In 2008, the then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown made himself a laughing stock in the House of Commons during a heated exchange with David Cameron about the economy. Responding to a query from the Tory leader about his recapitalisation of ailing banks, Brown said: “We not only saved the world…” before being drowned out by MPs roaring and waving their order papers. Of course, he meant to say “saved the banks”, but no-one could hear his correction over all the shouting.
Carol Kirkwood gets flirty with Bill Turnbull
BBC Breakfast’s team come across as a friendly bunch but Carol Kirkwood made them seem positively over-familiar in 2011, when she inadvertently called host Bill Turnbull ‘babe’ while doing a weather report. According to her explanation, the slip occurred because she’s so used to calling “Billy” by that term when they’re not on TV. Who knew?
George W Bush reassures Americans
It’s astonishing that people didn’t start fleeing the USA en masse after hearing Dubya give an address in 2004 in which he said: “[Our enemies] never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people – and nor do we.”
Eamonn Holmes says something stupid
Many people are fairly ignorant of geography and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. But Eamonn Holmes was so appalled by this This Morning guest’s lack of geographical knowledge that his brain bypassed its PC circuits and made him ask: “What are you? Retarded?” He didn’t mean it, though – and spent about a minute of airtime apologising for the slip.
George Bush Sr’s sexy setbacks
A vintage slip-up here, and an unfortunate one for the former US President who appeared live on national TV to talk about Ronald Regan. “For seven and a half years, I’ve worked alongside President Reagan,” he said. “We’ve had triumphs. Made some mistakes. We’ve had some sex… uh…setbacks.” Cue the giggles.