Peston and Khan in soup over royal wedding tweets
BBC business editor and Jemima Khan both risk a trip to the Tower
Two inveterate tweeters, BBC business editor Robert Peston and the socialite turned civil liberties campaigner Jemima Khan, have been in the doghouse this weekend for messages they sent out during the royal wedding.
First, Peston got in hot water with his bosses at the Beeb after tweeting about the happy couple's sex life. "The really important thing about this truly magical day," Peston declared to his 31,000 followers, "is they can have sex at last."
BBC executives considered the tweet "highly inappropriate," according to Daily Mail sources, and ordered Peston to remove it from his account, despite his defence of the "light-hearted Carry On-style comment".
It was not the only one of Peston's royal wedding tweets that appeared to jar with the general tone of the BBC's super-respectful attitude to the monarchy. His tweet that "Her Majesty knows the name of every one of the horses. Bless her," has drawn accusations of condescension toward the UK's head of state, while his quip that Kate "plainly didn't read her BBC health and safety manual. Too much waving. Big RSI risk" has also been called disrespectful.
Jemima Kahn, meanwhile, also used Twitter to royally put her foot in it on Kate and William's big day. "No offence to Camilla," Khan wrote, "but I'd have preferred – out of respect – that no one had substituted for the mother of the groom at the register signing."
She then followed the comment with another tweet: "I know William is close to Camilla – who I like – and this must have been what he wanted. Just can't help missing my friend Diana today."
The comments are said to have widened an ongoing rift between Khan's mother Lady Annabel Goldsmith – a great friend of Princess Di but who was not invited to the wedding – and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Last year the 37-year-old former wife of Imran Khan had tweeted "Kate Middleton – those are not heir-bearing hips are they? Unfeasibly narrow." The comment was known to have irked Charles and Camilla then, and these latest tweets are unlikely to help thaw a frosty relationship. ·
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