The Prince of Whales has given me an exclusive interview on the future of humanity and the environment. I managed this feat after I found him outside a Japanese whale meat market carrying 5 kg of prime beluga.
The Prince of Whales poses with Japanese
admirers in front of the Whale meat shop
This was a great journalistic coup for yours truly. The interview took place aboard his yatch, moored in Tokyo harbor. He dressed in his regular navy outfit, and answered most of my questions as he sipped tea and munched on donuts:
FL (that´s me): I think I'd like to start by asking how your passion for politics and the weather got started?
PW (that´s Prince of Whales): When my sister and I were children, we were taught to dress up for photographs, salute people and parade around the Palace in all sorts of weather. I mean, I've always felt I´m important, they always wrote articles about me and my family. It´s all part of one's connection with commoners, and so I suppose that was part of it.
But the first I came to Japan, I saw the Emperor and I realized I´ve always wanted to do a bit of ruling and be considered a deity - I'm not very good at it but fortunately there are lots of other people around to help me figure out things.
FL: Did you ever get impatient because you´ve been limited to your role as the Prince of Whales?
PW: Oh yes, that was the whole point. When I was little I always knew I would be King. It was one of the joys – watching people bend over and kneel. There's something about watching them from behind, as they bend over gradually. I never figured out why lords, nobles, and politicians took to it so well.