Prince 'baffled by Prescott habit'
Published 01/09/2010 | 12:53
The Prince of Wales was baffled by John Prescott's habit of balancing a teacup and saucer on his stomach, Tony Blair reveals in his memoirs.
In his book, A Journey, Mr Blair recalls bumping into Charles after his first meeting with the deputy PM.
"Does he ever do that thing with you?" asked the Prince.
"When he's sitting opposite you, he slides down the seat with his legs apart, his crotch pointing a little menacingly, and balances his teacup and saucer on his tummy.
"It's very odd. I've never seen someone do that before. What do you think it means?"
Mr Blair says he replied: "I don't think it means anything, really."
Charles continued: "Hmm. You don't think it's a sort of gesture or sign of hostility or class enmity or something?"
Mr Blair reassures him that his deputy made the same gesture to him quite often, adding finally: "I think he just likes drinking his tea that way."