Dear Stephen Fry, Yours HRH

23/11/2011 by David Stubbs
Humour

Planning the launch of Plant Chatroom via (ahem) leaked letters from Prince Charles to Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry
c/o BBC Television Centre
London
England
24 August 2004

Dear Stephen

I’m sending this to the BBC as I assume you have your own pigeonhole there. I wanted to ‘touch base’ with you as I rather hoped to get you down to Highgrove at your earliest convenience to help me look over some ideas I’ve had for a ‘Plants Chatroom’ on the Web. If you were to lend the considerable weight of your celebrity to endorse the project, I’m sure it would be of mutual benefit, enhancing your own prestige into the bargain.

Yours, &c
HRH The Prince of Wales

 

Stephen Fry
c/o BBC Television Centre
London
England
25 August 2004

Dear Stephen

I have still to hear back from you regarding the ‘Plants Chatroom’ project. One of my staff contacted your agency and they said you were currently flat-out on a new series of QI, three voiceovers (including a commercial for windscreen wiper fluid), a children’s cartoon series about a feisty guinea pig, two video games, a documentary on penguins and parts in five feature films currently ‘in development’; also a twelve-part radio series looking back on the history of the word ‘Arse’.

You are a busy man! I thought you made your pile writing a musical. Is all this work altogether healthy? Balanced? Surely your soul cries out for the respite of Highgrove? I have two slide shows you have yet to see.

Yours, &c
HRH The Prince of Wales

 

Stephen Fry
c/o BBC Television Centre
London
England
2 February 2005

Dear Stephen

More than five months now and still no word back on my ‘Plants Chatroom’ idea. According to your agency, you are working on a new series of QI, a pilot for a situation comedy for American television based on The Importance of Being Earnest, a sixteen-part travel documentary in which you criss-cross South America by taxi, recording a jazz-funk fusion album with your friends Hugh Laurie and Jo Brand, plus rehearsals for a pantomime season in Kettering. Oh, and a book entitled A Complete and Utter History of Every Last Lovely Little Bit of the World, in which you document absolutely everything ever done by anybody in your own inimitable style. A thought briefly crossed my mind that you only take on so much work to avoid coming down to Highgrove, but I fear one is becoming far too “cynical” in one’s old age – you’re not, are you?

Yours, &c
HRH The Prince of Wales

The Prince Charles Letters by David Stubbs is out now, published by Aurum at £10.99

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