Prince Charles was in Manhattan yesterday, stopping at a youth program in Harlem and then picking up an award at the Harvard Club for his work on environmental causes. Al Gore and Meryl Streep presented the plaque to his holy highness or his royal majestiness (or whatever his official title is).
According to The New York Times, Streep told the crowd in midtown: Ã¢â‚¬Å“When I was a little girl growing up in New Jersey, one of my goals was to marry the Prince of Wales. Now, as I look at you through my reading glasses, I have to appreciate you in other ways.Ã¢â‚¬?
Prince Charles later responded by telling Ms. Streep that her remarks Ã¢â‚¬Å“entirely made my year.Ã¢â‚¬?
But the best response to the Prince and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, came from 12-year-old Alhamodou Minaga, a student at the Harlem Youth program the royals attended, who responded to a question from The Times, asking who the Prince was, by saying:<blockquote><div>HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rich and he rules in England.</div></blockquote>
And the duchess?
<blockquote><div>Oh, so sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dutch.</div></blockquote>
(AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)