Newspapers Say Royals Should Give Up Dangerous Pursuits With PM-Avalanche-Royals, Bjt
LONDON (AP) _ Newspapers clamored today for Prince Charles and other royals to abandon dangerous pursuits after the 39-year-old heir to the British throne narrowly escaped an avalanche that killed a close friend.
″Charles is the next king .... That means he must be ... safeguarded, if need be from himself,″ the Daily Mirror admonished in an editorial.
It said Charles as well as Prince Andrew and his wife, the Duchess of York, took ″unnecessary risks.″
″The royals have a duty to play it safe,″ the newspaper added.
Charles’ 28-year-old brother, Andrew, was catapaulted off the deck of the U.S. carrier Nimitz in a jet fighter when he and the 28-year-old duchess visited the United States last week.
The duchess, the former Sarah Ferguson, is expecting the couple’s first child in August. She was on a skiing holiday with Charles and his wife, Princess Diana, 26, and friends at Klosters in the Swiss Alps when the avalanche occurred Thursday. All are good skiers.
Sarah, who fell skiing earlier Thursday and was advised to rest, was with Diana in a chalet when the avalanche struck.
Andrew, a Royal Navy helicopter co-pilot in the 1982 Falklands War and now a helicopter instructor, missed the holiday because of duties at Portland naval based in southwest England.
The avalanche killed Maj. Hugh Lindsay, 34, and injured another friend of the royals, Patricia Palmer-Tomkinson.
Charles, the lead skier, and the rest of his party managed to evade the avalanche. He helped rescue the unconscious Mrs. Palmer-Tomkinson, both of whose legs were broken, and then helped free Lindsay’s body from under the snow.
Another tabloid, The Sun, demanded: ″Why was he there?″
″Daredevil Charles has a passion for pushing himself to the limit on the snow. Each time he dons his skis he likes to shake off his tag of pampered prince and prove he is a real man ... Charles has consistently risked his life by going on increasingly deadly slopes,″ The Sun said.
Swiss authorities had warned that the area where the royal party was skiing was prone to avalanches.
The Sun quoted Alex Broggi, a Klosters ski club owner, as calling Charles ″incredibly brave.″ Broggi added, ″Many locals are amazed by the runs he attempts. They wouldn’t go anywhere near them.″
The Star said in an editorial: ″We don’t want our royals to be wimps ... But advisers who should know better must never again lead the heir to the throne into such deadly danger.″
The royals and many of their friends have a pronounced taste for danger and Charles once asserted: ″If you occasionally live dangerously it helps you appreciate life.″
The Daily Mail said: ″The question asked by well-wishers of the royal family is: Why do so many of them go in for such perilous sports?″ It urged Queen Elizabeth II to ″ask your offspring, for the nation’s sake, to show just a little more care.″
Charles’ other sports include polo and fox hunting. He has injured himself several times in falls from his horse at polo.
His father, Prince Philip, 66, played polo until recently while the 61- year-old queen is an accomplished horsewoman.
Princess Anne, 37, the queen’s only daughter, goes fox hunting and occasionally rides in horse races, where accidents are numerous.