"......there will always be the Duke’s daughter to uphold the family tradition. When the PM’s wife said, “Call me Cherie,” the Princess Royal replied: “Actually, let’s not go that way. Let’s stick to Mrs Blair, shall we?” Given that the Princess has only two words for journalists – “naff” and “off” – it can be assumed that this exchange made its way into the papers via Mrs Blair. And, indeed, it is repeated in her husband’s memoir, along with the conclusion that the Princess was “stunningly rude."Cherie Blair may be a successful lawyer, she may have been, at the time, the wife of the Prime Minister, but she is/was still a commoner. Like so many 'ordinary' people in public life today, she forgot that her own view of her self-importance is just that - her view and that of no-one else.
It never ceases to amaze me that those who should show respect - and don't - consider they have suffered stunning rudeness when corrected. It is, of course, yet another example of the decline in courtesy and good manners so prevalent in our society today.