Where Shakespeare’s Prince Hal and his pals drink and debauch in the Boar’s Head Tavern in Eastcheap, his latter-day namesake favours Boujis in South Kensington and the five-star Wynn hotel in Vegas. Where Hal parties with Mistress Quickly, Doll Tearsheet, Pistol, Bardolph and, above all, the irrepressible Falstaff, Harry has his posse of red-trousered, upper-class double-barrels to egg him on. If the tequila slammer and naked billiards had been invented in 1597, Shakespeare would have worked them into the script.

Ben Macintyre likens Prince Harry’s escapades to Prince Hal’s fifteenth century debauchery


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