Dame Edna has the royal approval
Unlike The Chaser, Dame Edna is ok with the Royals, with Barry Humphries AO even invited to the wedding ceremony.
Judging by the reaction online, many Australians were shocked to learn that The Chaser’s Royal Wedding commentary was out of favour with Clarence House, the official residence of The Prince of Wales.
After all Prince Charles spent some of his formative years in Australia. Has he forgotten about our sense of fair play?
While the Chaser boys, who say they were planning to make fun of the media circus, are out of favour, Nine’s broadcast with Dame Edna Everage remains unchanged.
Nine’s Director of News and Current Affairs Mark Calvert told TV Tonight, “There’s nothing in the restrictions which will alter our coverage. Dame Edna will be with us before and after the ceremony. But during the actual nuptials, she’ll be dashing to the Abbey to take her seat as a guest of the happy couple.
“Dame Edna is Australian royalty, so we’re honoured that she’s agreed to juggle her commitment to the Windsors with her love of Channel Nine.”
Whether Dame Edna’s contributions are pre-recorded or live is unclear, but they won’t appear during the Wedding Ceremony itself, meaning they don’t transgress the restrictions.
Would Sir Les Patterson have been as welcome?
TEN’s coverage with Fitzy, Wippa and Lucy McDonald will also go ahead because it isn’t planning to be strong satire.
A TEN spokesperson said, “We are proceeding as planned with our Royal Wedding programming. Our coverage will be respectful though light hearted.”
If the Royal Family has issue with comic interpretations of the William and Kate romance, they ought to take a look at last night’s telemovie, William & Kate: A Modern-Day Fairytale.
It was hilarious.