Meeting The Royals

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, London, England, 10-25-05 AP

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
Charles and Camilla have come to the United States.

It's fun to have the royals here because they provide such a great distraction. The royals are always in the tabloids for indiscretions, great and small, so like an amazing carnival spectacle, when they come to town, we gawk.

I received an invitation to attend a royal reception here in New York tonight and having met Queen Elizabeth some years back, I assumed no one — read that my wife — in my household would be interested in meeting her son and his new wife. As you might have guessed, I was wrong about that.

Me: "You don't really want to go to this Charles and Camilla thing Tuesday night do you?"

Spouse: "What thing? We're invited? Of course I do. What's the dress code?"

I called in my R.S.V.P, and if I'm lucky we'll get in. Now I have to go online and look up how a commoner properly says "yo" to a prince. I'll try not to embarrass anyone.

Can I call you Chuck?



Harry's daily commentary can be heard on manyCBS Radio News affiliates across the country.

By Harry Smith

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