A man has admitted throwing an egg at King Charles during a royal walkabout. Harry May, 21, pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to throwing an egg towards the King during His Majesty’s visit to Luton in December.
An egg was thrown at the King as he visited the town northwest of London on December 6.
Police confirmed at the time that a man in his 20s had been arrested in St George’s Square and was in custody for questioning.
Prosecutor Jason Seetal told the court today that police detained May after seeing him hurl a projectile towards the monarch which landed on the floor nearby as the King spoke with members of the public.
Mr Seetal said when officers interviewed him, he told them “he did this because he believed the King visiting a town like Luton, which is a deprived and poor area, was in bad taste and he wanted to make a point of this”.
May sat in the dock wearing glasses and a navy jacket. He remained expressionless as the facts were read out to the court.
The incident in the Bedfordshire town came at a time when the Royal Family was bracing itself for the release of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Netflix documentary series.
Since then the six-parter has aired and Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, has officially gone on sale, becoming the fastest selling non-fiction work. Publisher, Penguin Random House, announced on Wednesday that first-day sales topped 1.4 million copies.
Members of the Royal Family appeared in public for the first time on Thursday (January 12) after the book’s publication.
Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales, appeared relaxed as they arrived at Royal Liverpool University Hospital. They were confronted by a man outside the media area who appeared to say: “Do you ever plan to comment on Harry’s book, sir?”
The Waleses ignored the question and carried on, touring a critical care ward, meeting nurses and posing for selfies with staff.
However, an elderly woman who had an appointment at the hospital stood against a barrier waiting to talk to the future King and when he stopped she grasped his hand.
The 81-year-old, who only gave her first name Sylvia, said: “Keep going Will, scousers love you.” William replied: “I will do”.
Hospital staff member Nikki Langley was left overjoyed when a smiling William posed for a selfie with her and three colleagues, the five all crowding into the image.
A few minutes later she asked Kate for a picture and the princess joked: “I’m going to be told off by William.” She then posed with Ms Langley, who said afterwards: “It was a nice surprise, a very nice surprise. I wasn’t surprised they stopped for a selfie.”
On the same day, King Charles travelled to Scotland to meet local groups helping to tackle rural isolation.
After Scotland The Brave rang out on the bagpipes, the King toured the Mid-Deeside Community Shed, near Aboyne in Aberdeenshire.He also watched craft skills, including wood and stone carving, in action.
Spare includes a series of revelations and accusations as Harry recounts his grief at the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, a fight with his brother and his unease at being in the shadow of his elder sibling, the first in line to the throne.