When Being A Royal Was Just Like Being Normal #bloggersbash #storycompetition


‘Hello, are you…?’ Jemima Preston took a step back. ‘Are you…?’

The bald, smiling man nodded, ‘William. You were expecting me?’

‘Not exactly.’ Jemima felt her knees flex and she stumbled forward. As he caught her, she apologised.

‘No sweat. Happens all the time. Involuntary curtsy. Can’t be helped. They say it’s hardwired. So,’ he picked up the bucket, ‘where so I start?’


‘You’re expecting a cleaner?’


‘Then shall we?’

‘But you’re, you know,’ she glanced at her neighbour’s window, ‘royal.’ She added with a giggle, glancing at his head. ‘The heir.’

‘I wish. Kate wanted me to use this Gubbins Dad makes from peonies and ground commoners but smells like Harry after a kebab binge. Anyhoo, what’s first?’

Jemima didn’t know what to do so showed him through to the kitchen. ‘Maybe the washing up?’

William looked disappointed. ‘No blocked drains? Kiddies’ vomit’ He looked serious. ‘Thing is granny’s getting a bit cranky… you know the sort of thing: “in my day we understood what the peeps were going through, the Blitz, blah blah”, so Katie-poos said we should all do a sort of Bob a Job thingummy, get down with the masses. One is a bit lacking when it comes to u-bends and boiling hankies. If there’s something really horrible, let me at it.’ He held up his pink-gloved hands.

‘I don’t know. It really doesn’t seem right, giving menial work to one of you.’

‘No, really.’

‘You sure?’


‘Ok. If you go through there, you’ll find four sets of sick-stained sheets and two boots covered in dog-dirt.’

‘Marvellous.’ To Jemima’s surprise, William spun on his heel and headed for the front door.

She said, ‘Aren’t you going to sort it out?’

He nodded. ‘I’ll have my people here in a jiffy.’

Written for The Bloggers Bash Blog Post competition which has the theme of ‘Royalty.’ Click here for full details of the competition and how to enter. First prize is a £100 Amazon gift card, with two runner-up prizes also on offer. Deadline for entries is 23:59 (GMT) on Thursday 22nd March 2018.

As a committee member of the Bloggers Bash, I can’t enter, but maybe my entry will give you a few ideas for your entry? Good luck.

Click here for your chance to win a £100 Amazon Giftcard in the Bloggers Bash Blog Post Competition. The deadline for entries is 22nd March 2018.

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About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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27 Responses to When Being A Royal Was Just Like Being Normal #bloggersbash #storycompetition

  1. Ritu says:

    Oh now that is funny! And exactly what so many think the Royals would be like!

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  2. Haha! Perfect twist at the end, Geoff. Just as I was buying into the royal cleaner. Happy St. Patrick’s Day hugs! ☘️

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  3. Michael says:

    Great story, it reminded me of the satirical series I watched on Tv about the Windsors, hardly flattering of any of them I have to say, least of all Harry.

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  4. The competition is definitely hotting up now! Good luck Geoff!

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  5. HAHA! As always, you delivered a fabulous twist at the end, Geoff. 🙂

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  6. Just as well you can’t enter – it might look odd, you giving yourself first prize!

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  7. Brilliant, I wondered if it was Willaim who knicked my pink rubber gloves when he was here the other day. Shame it can’t be entered into the competition. A sure winner, I’d say. 👑

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  8. Norah says:

    Wonderful! Don’t we all wish we could get our people there in a jiffy for jobs like that!

    Liked by 1 person

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