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When Karl met Prince Charles: vendor recalls selling mag to royal 20 years on

Posted On: 1 Apr 2020   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

When Karl met Prince Charles: vendor recalls selling mag to royal 20 years on

Big Issue vendor Karl Grierson has recalled his brush with the royals after the “hilarious” moment when he sold the magazine to Prince Charles outside Peterborough Cathedral.
It's 20 years ago this week since veteran seller Karl, 43, hit the headlines when he asked the Prince of Wales to buy the magazine while the second-in-line-to-throne was visiting the cathedral to open new buildings in its grounds.
But Prince Charles was caught short for change and had to ask for an aide to rummage through their pockets to find the £1 to buy the magazine.
Read the BBC's coverage of when Karl met Prince Charles from 2000
At the time, Karl's bravado earned him a spot on the local news and on the BBC, who he told: “He's just like any other human being, except that he's got a bit too much security around him and not enough ready cash.”
Speaking to The Big Issue this week, Karl, who usually sells the magazine on Princes Street in Edinburgh, described his encounter with Prince Charles as “hilarious”.
“He didn't have anything...

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