02 March 1999
Welsh cheer beef-eater Charles
By FWi staff
PRINCE Charles was hailed a hero by Welsh farmers today after he ignored the governments beef-on-the-bone ban and publicly tucked into a rib of beef.
The prince ate the beef after watching it being carved in front of him during the launch of a campaign promoting Welsh beef and lamb in Newport, south Wales.
The prince was filmed eating the beef in front of television cameras and on finishing it described the meat as “absolutely delicious.
Welsh Secretary Alun Michael also defied the governments 15-month beef-on-the-bone ban which was extended by agriculture minister Nick Brown just weeks ago.
The Welsh Office and the Ministry of Agriculture said that the caterers who supplied the beef had broken the law and not Prince Charles.
But Welsh farmers said the prince had made a mockery of the ban which most of the population never wanted imposed anyway.
“I think hes done a very good thing,” said David Thomas, a farmer who keeps 400 suckler cows in mid-Wales.
Derek Evans, half of whose income comes from his beef enterprise on his farm in the Brecon Beacons said: “I was delighted.”
Mr Evans said the Prince had highlighted the ridiculous nature of the ban.
“He has definitely gone up in my estimation really because hes probably put himself on the line a bit,” he added.
Clive Swan, who keeps 220 cattle near Mold, described watching the Prince on television eating beef-on-the-bone as “brilliant”.
“Everybody should do the same,” he said.
But the comments of Alun Michael, who later denied knowing he was eating beef cooked on the bone, were “a kick in the teeth” for farmers, added Mr Swan.