Charles and Camilla "were in on the joke,’’ says Wade Lynch

Jim Day
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A comic impersonation of Queen Elizabeth II Monday in Charlottetown in front of her son Prince Charles may have been a royal mistake.

The decision to have actor Wade Lynch reprise his familiar role has sparked negative, even angry, feedback from the public.

Tasteless, insulting and shameful are among the descriptions given to the tongue-in-cheek performance watched by Charles and his wife Camilla. However, others said they enjoyed the show and didn’t express any concerns about the performance.

Camilla, in particular, appeared most put off by the performance seemingly registering expressions ranging from bemusement to disgust.

Charles did not look much more enthused over watching a man parade around on stage as the Queen.

Both Charles and Camilla sat stonefaced when Lynch, in character, served up the following introduction to the royal couple:

“There are two members of our audience that call me by quite another name and that is of course ‘Mummy’. Hello kids. Surprise.’’

Premier Robert Ghiz, sitting directly to Camilla’s left, looked somewhat anxious over what his special guests were witnessing as intended entertainment.

Charles greeted the performance with at best half-hearted applause while Camilla lightly drummed her fingers on the back of her hand.

Lynch was surprised — and disappointed — to hear that the show had upset so many Islanders after being told of numerous negative comments coming into the newspaper.

In fact, the veteran actor believed he was hitting the mark. He felt “a lot of the jokes landed’’ and he could even see the prince “sort of nodding and chuckling’’.

Lynch was not able to see Camilla’s reaction throughout his performance. He says the show had to be cut in half due to time constraints.

Lynch says Brenda Gallant, the director of marketing with Tourism P.E.I., first approached him with the idea to perform as the Queen in front Charles and Camilla. Gallant says this was not her idea, but noted that her department was designated as the lead for the event Monday night that included Island mucisians and fireworks.

“I said yes to the idea with trepidation,’’ he said. “My concern was it sounds tacky...at first blush, it sounded like a bad idea.’’

“I understood it was no surprise at all...that they (Charles and Camilla) were in on the joke,’’ Wade Lynch

Lynch sought assurances that Clarence House, the official residence of the prince and his wife, endorsed the idea.

“I understood it was no surprise at all...that they (Charles and Camilla) were in on the joke,’’ he said. “I produced a script many weeks ago that went through many filters.’’

Lynch says he received feedback from the province that the prince loved the performance and was laughing and chuckling.

“If the actual Royal family was offended, I am really sorry because that was never the intention,’’ he said.

Lynch first added his impersonation of the Queen to his impressive comedic repertoire many years ago and has slipped on the crown and dress more than 100 times over the years.

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  • P Roberson
    June 03, 2014 - 00:11

    I think it was extremely tasteless and made an absolute mockery of Her Majesty and I too seen that Charles enjoyed it. It was disgusting! The Queen did not deserve such a tasteless imitation of her. She is Queen, not a person you make fun of. I think this man should be fired and put out of business forever and Charles and his laughing goes to show that he should never be a King!!!!!!!!!

  • Samuel Coulombe
    May 22, 2014 - 21:50

    Mouhahahahahahaha!

  • Hazel Pain
    May 22, 2014 - 15:34

    Utterly tasteless!

  • james stuart
    May 22, 2014 - 15:32

    i will never set foot in your island again!do Canada a favor and separate!Good Riddence to an embarrasment to the country!

  • françois Landry
    May 22, 2014 - 13:11

    "Tasteless, insulting and shameful are among the descriptions given to the tongue-in-cheek performance" Funny, this is exactly how I feel when I see those wealthfearers comming to town

  • Paulie
    May 22, 2014 - 12:36

    The performance was appropriate seeing as the Royals are a joke anyway.

  • big trucker
    May 22, 2014 - 11:10

    The next Headline is.......Ghiz under fire for giving Wade Lynch Order of P.E.I.

  • WOW
    May 22, 2014 - 10:50

    Have to agree with Justin. The material reeked, it as so poorly written and delivered. Someone high up had to be aware of the content and that it was not funny at all. Can you imagine trying this with Ghiz or Harper as the Queenish subjects, how would that go over? Not well. While the royal coupLe went amongst the crowd in town we saw a middle aged woman grab Charles arm and cackle. How could that be allowed? Watched CPAC coverage. Try doing that to Ghiz or Harper. It should not have been allowed. Where were the security? Handshakes seemed fine but to lay hands on him like you are old buds meeting for coffee was strange.

  • roberta penney
    May 22, 2014 - 10:15

    not very honorable for royale visit.should have had a review for public comnment before performed.for sure an insult to any leading authority when performance relates to their secure estates.hopingly soon forgotten.political consciencs most be polished up.

  • roberta penney
    May 22, 2014 - 10:10

    not very honorable for royale visit.should have had a review for public comnment before performed.for sure an insult to any leading authority when performance relates to their secure estates.hopingly soon forgotten.political consciencs most be polished up.

  • Dave
    May 22, 2014 - 09:43

    Humour and stupidity are sometimes closely aligned Lynch and those who authorized this poorly thought out event have a clear lock on the latter.

  • Justin
    May 22, 2014 - 06:01

    I can honestly say I will NEVER go see a performance by Wade Lynch. If that disgust performance is n example of his finer work then I can live without ever having to see any f his other performances. I would have to wonder thought just who he will make fun for an encore...maybe some handicap children or dead puppies. Lynch should have some level of taste but obviously doesn't so where were the people in Tourism. Doesn't someone in Tourism or the Royal organizing committee not see problem with that kind of performance.

  • Marc-Antoine
    May 22, 2014 - 01:55

    Ah! At least we know who to invite if those parasites dare to visit us again here in Québec. Thanks you Wade Lynch!

  • Sunny
    May 22, 2014 - 01:37

    Lynch wrote a script?? Was it intended to be humorous? Perhaps Prince Charles was not amused because there was nothing to be amused about. Then the stilted, bungled advertisement/history lesson from the Anne actor... The Guardian video showed a tacky, insipid, embarrassing but of blah. Shameful and pathetic.

  • Erable
    May 22, 2014 - 00:51

    I'm certain that PEI has lots of genuine talent to showcase. Too bad that Anne was trotted out for the zillionth time and that the Royals were left with the memory of an unforgivably cringeworthy impersonation of The Queen.

  • Who Cares?
    May 22, 2014 - 00:39

    Who cares if they were offended? Why are we even wasting our tax dollars wheeling around and protecting these people who haven't done anything with their lives and don't affect our nation, their not in power. Should make them pay for the CSIS and CANSOFCOM resources

  • Richard
    May 22, 2014 - 00:10

    Talk about poor judgement by the person responsible for setting this up. Talk about showing a total lack of respect for the Queen! You won't see me visiting your province any time soon! You have embarrassed all Canadians.

  • Carrot Top
    May 21, 2014 - 22:19

    I thought it was very , very funny !

  • On the up side
    May 21, 2014 - 21:53

    The show was ill conceived, poorly executed and only an idiot would think it was A) funny and B) a good idea to make fun of someone's mother. Particularly when there were tons of comments last week in the media warning that the show would be offensive. But on the up side Ghiz and his patronage appointed cronies showed the rest of the world what a bunch of incompetent idiots they truly are. In addition, the overtaxed island serfs won't likely have to pay for another vacation for these freeloading billionaires as I doubt they will be in any hurry to come back.

  • Shirley Wood
    May 21, 2014 - 21:44

    When I watched the video, to me, Charles and Camilla looked rather uncomfortable and, at one point I thought they were going to walk out. (especially Camilla). I felt sorry for them.

  • Jeff
    May 21, 2014 - 21:03

    Shame on you Robert Ghiz, shame on you!!

  • Dundas Sue
    May 21, 2014 - 20:48

    It was disgraceful. He was not even good. He laughed at his own jokes and could have done a better job even with the swame material.

  • lilo
    May 21, 2014 - 20:02

    The was the most stupid ideas to do that they dont have respect at all

  • careful what you ask for
    May 21, 2014 - 19:59

    Well Mr ghiz...you wanted to put pei on the map...you sure did this time!!

  • phoebe
    May 21, 2014 - 17:48

    Always put one of your finest theatre directors in charge of a theatre event. Never a marketing person. Never. Ever.

    • Sunny
      May 22, 2014 - 01:41

      But the bit isn't funny. And the Anne actor was horrid.

  • Linzy Lunkwist
    May 21, 2014 - 17:03

    If Charles and Camilla had loved it, Wade Lynch would have been lauded. Because they chose not to enjoy it, most of PEI has apparently decided that Wade should be lynched! In the world of humour, no one is off-limits. Titles don't make Charles and Camilla better than anyone else, and I am sorry they chose to be offended. It was a joke, it wasn't meant to be disrespectful, but it didn't work; happens all the time, it's not the end of the world! Get over it!

  • tutu
    May 21, 2014 - 17:00

    Gail Shea looks to have enjoyed it immensely. That figures, while I think he made a terrible queen and the script was not funny.

  • Craig
    May 21, 2014 - 16:52

    LA seems to being taking things personnel or maybe LA is the qween herself!

  • Question
    May 21, 2014 - 16:44

    Did he get paid, and if so, how much?

  • Not PEI
    May 21, 2014 - 16:23

    It was suggested by Tourism PEI that the hundred thousand dollars spent on the Royal Visit would result in news stories that would serve as an indirect ad campaign and result in more tourism. Since most Americans couldn't care less about the Royals, I assume that they meant UK visitors. Well, in case you are wondering what the Brits thought about the performance, read the comments on their own newspaper's report on the event...looks like money wasted. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2635111/We-unamused-Charles-Camilla-grimace-sit-excruciating-Queen-drag-act.html

  • SlyFox
    May 21, 2014 - 15:54

    How out of touch of reality is this guy? Maybe he should view the video of the performance to see the reality of his performance.

  • Casey
    May 21, 2014 - 15:30

    While it is rather easy to call for the lynching of Lynch, it would be a tad short-sighted. Who gets paid to organize something like this? Is it really that hard to picture why this would be grotesque? Would you put someone in drag for another dignitary? Blackface? Unbelievable. This is literally the reason why we can't have nice things.

  • Kerry Neil
    May 21, 2014 - 15:20

    Disgusting!Shame on PEI for allowing this garbage to be fed to us...a dispicable show!Heads better roll!

  • UGH
    May 21, 2014 - 14:57

    Terrible, not funny. Need a lip reader , the one who read Lucic s lips during he handshake with the Habs , to interpret Camillas lips. No wonder our island was voted the least humourous province in Canada years ago. Really a mess and degrading to them and those who had to endure it. BORING AND SILLY SLOP.

  • don
    May 21, 2014 - 14:49

    the island people are not back words it is the dummies in office called liberals,pc party. that is the trouble. and for anyone who agreed with this dumb butt to make fun of the queen in front of her son needs to be whipped. and as for want o be funny guy Wade Lynch please for our sake leave this island. you disgraced every person around the world that was born on PEI. i saw the tape and i did not see the prince nor his wife laughing hell even ghiz had a sad look. you should send a letter to the royal family saying you are sorry. there is so many things i'm sure true islanders wants to say here but they will not print it. other then you are NOT i say NOT funny. john candy could do better from his grave.

    • Back words?
      May 21, 2014 - 16:51

      No, not all Islanders are backwards but seeing someone write the word as "back words" does not help eliminate that impression ; -)

  • Laurent Beaulieu
    May 21, 2014 - 14:45

    Maybe Brenda Gallant should pursue other opportunities, she poor leadership embarrassed us all. This was very poor indeed. Robert Ghiz is also a fool for not understanding the problem.

  • Shelley
    May 21, 2014 - 14:34

    Brenda Gallant, the director of marketing with Tourism P.E.I. should be ashamed for putting everyone in an uncomfortable situation. I was wondering who ever would of came up with that idea, and why it would ever of been allowed is beyond me. Total embarrassment.

  • Let it go
    May 21, 2014 - 14:32

    It's done. It's over. The Royals have left. The only thing left now is 'who' in Tourism will throw 'who' under the bus for this? "Not my idea"...indeed!

  • Rae Brown
    May 21, 2014 - 14:29

    It was a lost opportunity to ‘entertain’ Prince Charles and Lady Camilla with the dusty and dried up old mascot Anne and some silly comic pretending to be the Queen. No disrespect to Wade Lynch and Lucy Maud, his shows and her novels have been well received by most people. But the Prince of Wales is not most people, and the event of a visit like that ought to be met with a more inspired showcase of fresh Island talent. If Tourism PEI or Brenda Gallant had done some homework on Prince Charles, or paid attention to international news at all, they would have known that food security is a primary interest of his. Why, then, was he not shown the poetic call to action Island Green, made by PEI filmmaker Mille Clarkes? This film is current, urgent, and forward-thinking. Who knows? It might have even inspired the Prince to use his considerable position to assist PEI in transitioning to organic farming completely, thereby protecting the land, water and health of a place he says is dear to his heart. Please, watch the Prince’s speech on food security at http://www.onthefutureoffood.org/the-speech and the trailer for Island Green at https://www.nfb.ca/film/island_green and I think you will agree with me.

    • observer
      May 21, 2014 - 18:40

      That, Rae Brown, would have been a great idea!

  • joe
    May 21, 2014 - 14:09

    I think that the whole performance was disgusting,i don't blame wade lynch,he is an actor,but i do think that all employees from tourism pei who supported this joke should be fired.

  • Awful
    May 21, 2014 - 13:52

    It was "Cover your head" time. Guess the Island will always be backward.

  • reality
    May 21, 2014 - 13:45

    in case you didn't pick it up -my "in the tunnel" comment was meant to be in the same bad taste as the performance --eg -ridiculous!! repulsive!

  • reality
    May 21, 2014 - 13:39

    i suggest some involved closely should avoid driving in tunnels for the next while

  • Darryl Gunn
    May 21, 2014 - 13:32

    The whole performance was a complete "amateurish" and ridiculous embarrassment to the people of Charlottetown and all Canadians in the presence of British royalty. It wasn't humorous... it was idiotic.

  • unhappy
    May 21, 2014 - 12:25

    take a good look at everyone's faces and body language... they weren't in on the joke. They were offended. As were a large number of people in the public. This has made National news and majority of people clearly think its distasteful. Not how I wanted to see this beautiful Island "put on the map"...

  • Sean Yeomans
    May 21, 2014 - 12:08

    I didn't find any of it particularly offensive, it just wasn't funny in the least. The jokes seemed contrived and not very well delivered. Felt a little amateurish to be honest.

  • Tom Dawson
    May 21, 2014 - 11:46

    What a deeply offensive thing to do. Canada should be ashamed.

    • Pat
      May 21, 2014 - 15:58

      Why should Canada be ashamed??? The organizers should be ashamed........nothing to do with Canada...........

    • Pat
      May 21, 2014 - 19:18

      What has Canada got to do with it? ..........try the organizers that organized this my friend..........

  • Martin
    May 21, 2014 - 11:41

    I think it was a superb idea! The monarchy in general is a contentious point in Canada, but regardless of whether you are for or against it (I'm of the former bent), being able to poke fun at our history and traditions is an important part of who we as Canadians, and Islanders, are. While we may mock, we do so lovingly, without malice. Were it done in a mean-spirited manner, sure, this would be worth of uproar, but for humourous purposes, absolutely we should tease the monarchy; in doing so, we tease ourselves. We accept the monarchy as a part of our governance; we must be able to deride our leaders.

  • baruch
    May 21, 2014 - 11:37

    Mock the "royals" by all means! They are parasites, murderers, thieves and liars. They deserve real justice...indictment and trial.

    • Casey
      May 21, 2014 - 15:34

      Downvoted.

  • M. Smith
    May 21, 2014 - 10:59

    Another bad idea from PEI Tourism!

  • Brian Spence
    May 21, 2014 - 10:41

    The whole thing was tactless. How did anyone think this was a good idea? Wade Lynch too should have known better - apparently he did, he just didn't listen to himself. How many of us want to watch someone in drag, in a very public setting, mimicking our mothers --- add to that the special circumstance surrounding the Prince of Wales? Let's use a little common sense. All that being said, there are far more serious offences in the world. None of us need to be nasty about this.

  • Jon Sone
    May 21, 2014 - 10:10

    True comedy is all about taking chances and spoofng pomposity has always been a good bet. I doubt anyone in the Royal family was anything but amused. Wade wa corageous in this ventue and should be admired not reprimanded.

    • LA
      May 21, 2014 - 11:27

      That's ridiculous. It was neither funny nor courageous. And you don't seem to have any concept of body language. Nobody's obligated o admire crassness just because you do.

  • gilles st pierre
    May 21, 2014 - 09:59

    I can't stop laughing, every time it crosses my mind I burst out into laughter. The most entertaining part of the show was watching the Royals expressions. This was priceless. Watching the two old stuffy mothballs in an uncomfortable situation having to smile through a mockery of their Status, this is most rewarding for the struggling common man. Most of us live uncomfortable situations every day of our lives without the riches plundered from the slave class. Yes ask me it I enjoyed the performance, the answer is 5 stars.

    • LA
      May 21, 2014 - 11:32

      Then Mr St Pierre, you a simple man whose sense of humour is at the expense of others and who has no concept of social history except what you saw in an American movie. I wouldn't brag about that. They are just as entitled to be old and formal as you are to be uneducated and childish, so laugh at youself while you're at it.

    • Lulu
      May 21, 2014 - 12:22

      Camilla - the one who should have been offended the least - seems to be the one that was most offended. I think Diana would have peed her pants laughing.

    • Random
      May 22, 2014 - 11:09

      LA, before you go and call someone uneducated, simple and childish, remember that people are entitled to their own opinions. Gilles st pierre is only stating his thoughts. CALM DOWN.

  • Embarresed
    May 21, 2014 - 09:48

    Obviously seals and Royals are fair game in beautiful Prince Edward Island. Shame on you!

  • I'm Not Bothered
    May 21, 2014 - 09:23

    While Charles and Camilla may not have had an exact idea what they were going to see in this show, everything would have been approved through the proper channels. Non of this would have even happened if it wasn't approved by the Royals. If you think this is the first time Charles has had to sit through something like this, you are wrong. I get their reaction... the fact remains, the skit was just bad. Even if it was hilarious and the royals liked it, you aren't going to seem them slapping their knee and laughing out loud. It was tacky, and although Wade Lynch is a great performer, I felt the jokes fell flat.

    • Gil
      May 21, 2014 - 10:10

      "I produced a script many weeks ago that went through many filters" He doesn't say if it was this script and he doesn't say which filters. The idea that Charles would approve even a friendly send-up of his mother, which this clearly wasn't, is laughable.

    • huh
      May 21, 2014 - 12:08

      laugh if you want, but that's pretty much what happened. Perhaps not Charles personally, but his representatives approved it. And I assume they are fairly adept at weeding out something he would be significantly insulted by.

  • Dr Johnny Love
    May 21, 2014 - 09:15

    Hell, why didn't they go the extra mile of insults & have a Rob Ford impersonator & have him & the queen making out on stage if you're in for a penny might as well be in for a pound. Outrageous !! Simply Outrageous.

  • Don't blame Wade
    May 21, 2014 - 09:15

    I feel sorry for Wade Lynch. The "Queen" has been one of his most popular characters and a crowd pleaser for many years, but even Wade had reservations when asked to put n this performance. However, he submitted his script and it was approved at all levels (including Clarence House). Yes, in retrospect, the performance was perhaps not a good idea. But is that Wade's fault? In concept, it was a good idea ... the Royals are known to have a good sense of humour and Wade's "Queen" character has brought smiles to the faces of thousands over the years. Obviously, an error in judgement was made by some people whose responsibility is to vet such performances. But in the grand scheme of things, a comedic performance that falls flat on its face shouldn't be generating so much angst amongst Islanders. If only such passion could be brought to bear on real issues affecting Islanders.

    • Don't Lynch Lynch!
      May 21, 2014 - 10:19

      I could not agree more. Many Islanders have loved Wade for years & adored his queen impersonation, and now they have all turned on him. Do not blame him for the Royals reaction. He admitted to being concerned about doing this performance and that he was assured it was a perfect fit for the show. I'd like to see the footage of how well the Royals reacted to the rest of the show. Probably wasn't much better! I barely saw either of them crack a smile during the entire visit. I am quite sure that neither Charles or Camilla have given this a second thought. Once the show was over for them, it was forgotten. We should forget it too and move on to issues that are relevant and important.

  • Seriously?
    May 21, 2014 - 09:14

    Oh dear lord. Why on earth wouldn't they just trot a red head out, have her sing a couple of songs and call it a night? Know your audience people!

  • Not funny
    May 21, 2014 - 09:10

    Apparently Charles and Camilla reacted the same way I did the first time I saw this act. It is bad from a comedy perspective, and really who wants to see a man in drag making fun of your mother......OMG people are clueless! Now Patrick Ledwell....I liked him. He was funny.

    • Brian Spence
      May 21, 2014 - 09:51

      Right on!

  • Mike
    May 21, 2014 - 09:09

    Bureaucratic blunder by Ghiz's appointed friends. Disgraceful.

  • Oy!
    May 21, 2014 - 09:04

    A short excerpt from the Anne musical would have been lovely. Or even an adapted "Anne meets the Royal Family"... it could have been great. But instead it was totally embarrassing and cringe-worthy. It wasn't funny, regardless of who was watching in the audience. I don't think it was totally irreverent, but it certainly didn't show our good side. I'm sorry Wade got pulled in to this. Trust your gut on these things, Mr. Lynch. If it sounds tacky at first, it likely is.

  • Not Impressed
    May 21, 2014 - 08:52

    C'mon Guardian, get some facts. Who gave the okay on this? Who gave it the go-ahead? Who came up with the idea? Anything beyond that it was a disaster?

  • NEW PEI TOURISM SLOGAN
    May 21, 2014 - 08:22

    you really dropped the ball on this one. what is criteria for getting one of these jobs booking entertainment. Appears to be having an IQ smaller then your hat size. Please do not tell me that the person responsible for this insult to PEI as a whole has an education because it will only prove to point out that our education system is not working.

  • Gerald.
    May 21, 2014 - 08:15

    Charles and Camilla are not two of my favourite royals. Having said that, however, I find this piece of public mockery, performed in their presence as Royal Family visitors to PEI, a display of arrogance, insensitivity and callousness. No matter how you feel about this royal couple, the idea of such a presentation should never have even been conceived, much less performed in their presentation. It's shameful and embarrassing .... and that's my personal opinion of course.

  • Spudgal
    May 21, 2014 - 08:12

    Given the Picture of Prince Charles and Camilla above, it seems quite obvious they were surprised. I was also surprised and embarrassed. Tasteless.

  • Noreen
    May 21, 2014 - 08:06

    Disgusting and in very poor taste

  • bob
    May 21, 2014 - 08:05

    "The Gentle Island....come and be humiliated" Would that fit on a licence plate?

  • Sarah hickey
    May 21, 2014 - 08:04

    This performance was in very poor taste. I was embarrassed for Charles & Camilla.

  • Nora
    May 21, 2014 - 07:45

    It wasn't funny by any means totality insulting to the Royal Family.Stupid idea.

  • David
    May 21, 2014 - 07:36

    Wow...I was watching the Royal homecoming on television, and could not believe what I was seeing or hearing. Who allowed this insane act to be presented? Clearly, Charles and Camilla had not been forewarned. I was so uncomfortable, and I was sitting at home. One only has to look at the faces of the premier, Camilla and Charles to know this was a disaster. Name one person in the world who wants to sit and watch their mother mocked in public. Oh Prince Edward Island, I'm sorry to say you have to hang your head in shame over this one! You delighted the republicans,thats the only good that come out of this, sorry.

  • Royal admirer
    May 21, 2014 - 07:27

    What an absolute disgrace this performance was. Whatever your feelings on the Monarchy - you do not invite someone over and proceed to humiliate them . Even if you have no love for Royals do you have no manners or common sense? Made PEI look like a bumbling backwater. Honey BooBoo meets Anne of Green Gables .

  • bob
    May 21, 2014 - 06:53

    Not a fan of "royalty" but this tasteless attempt at "humor" is embarrassing and sad. I hope the so-called actor has a day job. If so....he should not give it up. And whomever approved this juvenile attempt should be fired. Tells you quite a bit about our representative in federal cabinet also, huh?

  • Poutine
    May 21, 2014 - 06:35

    I suppose a few inbred islanders might have liked it. But I think it was just wrong. It might have flown in a different venue but whoever thought this was a good idea and pre-approved it is one more reason this island is not much different from a third world country.

  • Dominion Lad
    May 21, 2014 - 06:21

    Canadians are embarrassed at this attempt at "humour". It was tasteless, and was neither funny nor witty. The person introducing this "act" must also be called on the carpet for referring to the Queen of Canada as "her royal highness". No son should ever have to have to watch such a spectacle, and especially the next king of Canada, come the dread day.

    • Not a royal
      May 21, 2014 - 16:41

      Why shouldn't the queen be referred to as" her royal highness."? Is that not her title ? Why do Canadians continue to have a head of state who is not a citizen of this country and is not even entitled to vote here ?

    • Dominion Lad
      May 21, 2014 - 22:26

      No, Not a royal - the queen is not styled "her royal highness". Her honorific is "Her Majesty".

  • Cara
    May 21, 2014 - 06:17

    It's a sin that the royal family had no sense of humor . And it's rubbed off on the island. They didn't enjoy it. Move on ! And next time we will act all prim and proper and boring next time they come . Seriously though !? Why bash the island just because of one thing? We all have different senses of humor .

    • Moved on
      May 22, 2014 - 14:12

      I expect the Royals have already moved on. The rest of the commentors on here should as well.

  • Josephine
    May 21, 2014 - 06:12

    I thought it was hilarious - anything that sends up this vile family who are well past their sell by date, gets my vote. If Wade Lynch wants to know any of their dirty little secrets, let him visit Abolish the Monarchy Facebook Page!!

  • Dan Bannerman
    May 21, 2014 - 06:09

    Who thought this would be a good idea??? I know personally if I had a very respectable person come visit my home, I certainly wouldn't kick off the evening by satirizing the person's mother. (Even if it was all in good fun) it's things like this that leave a bad taste in your mouth. Even if Charles and Camilla weren't that put out. I certainly would have been, and the worst of it is. This isn't Wade's fault. He was asked by some other person who works for the government who thought it would be funny. It wasn't! I'm ashamed that this happened and feel it's a terrible way to kick off the 2014 Festivities.

  • Lena
    May 21, 2014 - 06:00

    Royalfan - what an absurd comment. These royal scroungers are ripe for humiliation. Thank you Mr Lynch!

    • LA
      May 21, 2014 - 11:50

      Lena, noboy is ripe for humiliation in public, even you with your extremely hypocritical designaton of "absurd".

  • exit poll
    May 21, 2014 - 05:46

    We need less men in dresses; and more in pants...such as HRH.

  • Watched it on TV
    May 21, 2014 - 05:25

    I am sure there are many lessons learned here. #1 would be not to allow anyone to urge you to act past your own sensibilities or personal boundaries.

  • voter
    May 21, 2014 - 05:23

    Rob Ghiz-Rob Ford will be proud of you

    • Ex Islander
      May 21, 2014 - 07:45

      Voter. You win comment of the day. Your reply succinctly sums up the lack of class, embarrassment and foolishness of such a tacky performance. To Wade Lynch, personally I don't think you did badly, in fact this could be quite a boost to your career and profole. Those that chose this act are the ones who should be applying for EI soon. let's start at the top and move down. We'd all be better off if both "Bob's" left public life.

  • Gil
    May 21, 2014 - 04:25

    How can a sketch portraying the queen and mother of the main guest as a silly old woman who has been around too long, whose offspring sit while Canadians stand and who makes Canadians heat humble pie not be intended to be insulting? Does he really think people will believe this script was approved by Clarence House? If he or whoever may have approved this locally wants to air republican views, they should stay away from personal insults and stick with objective arguments, assuming they have any.

  • Jimmy Buffet
    May 21, 2014 - 02:47

    Tasteless mockery of the Queen although Gail Shea seems to enjoy it , everyone else looks mortified .

  • Mary Weller
    May 21, 2014 - 02:19

    I felt this was very poor taste. After all it was impersonating Charles's Mother, the QUEEN. Charles and Camilla have enough have enough class to smile regardless of their thoughts. Very Poor !You need to learn the reverence of the Royal Family in Britain.

  • AMAZED
    May 21, 2014 - 02:18

    Time to gut the tourism department ! They have proven over the years they are inept .This is just one more more fiasco in a looonnnng , long line of failures . It was not their worst moment or their most expensive but it will be remembered ,what a shameful waste . Is this what our property tax increase is paying for , I expect LESS tourists after this .

  • Daniel Sauve
    May 21, 2014 - 02:12

    "the show had to be cut in half due to time constraints" - Thank God, as a Canadian, and as one of Her Majesty's loyal Canadian subjects, this was embarrassing, crass, and painful to watch : /

  • Darlene Soroke
    May 21, 2014 - 01:01

    I thought Wade's performance was SPECTACULAR! What an amazing likeness, I've seen many impersonators in my time, he's one of the best. What a great disappointment to see the Royal's stone faced reaction and unable to laugh at themselves. Keep it up Wade!

  • Ashamed to be an Islander
    May 21, 2014 - 00:16

    Perhaps dressing up as Princess Dianna would also be funny. It would have been awesome if Charles went to the stage and threw him off. If I made fun of someone's mom I would expect a fully deserved black eye. I was aware that there are a lot of classless morons on PEI but I didn't know they had good gov't jobs.

  • Civility Institute
    May 21, 2014 - 00:11

    The Prince was in on the joke? As if the future monarch of a country has nothing better to do than say yes or no to a skit developed by a small-town comic. It was an insult not because it was an insult but because it was not very good. If you are going to imitate a monarch in jest you better be a king (or if you prefer) a queen of comedy. No amount of blame shifting will erase the fact that this was sheer, insolence.

  • Bill Van Der Zam
    May 20, 2014 - 23:47

    Unless all the clowns who are attacking Wade Lynch, the PEI government and anyone else involved in the royal tour know Charles and Camilla personally (which is very unlikely since I don't think they hang out at Tims drinking double doubles and smoking on the curb) there is no way they can really say that the royal couple was displeased with the performance. If you read and actually understand the story it clearly states the skit was cleared with Clarence House and approved by British officials. A lot of Islanders love to be outraged and will go out of their way to find things to be outraged about. Does get a life mean anything to you?

  • ShockedTorontonian
    May 20, 2014 - 23:32

    What on EARTH were these people thinking? That was totally akward and really very embarassing not only for the residents of PEI but the Premier AND of course for Prince Charles and Camilla. I am in shock that this was allowed to happen. How many people were in on this and NOBODY thought that this was inappropriate????!!! Sometimes there is an opinion in the provinces West of PEI that the residents aren't particularly the 'brightest bulbs'. Sadly, this performance and the fact that it actually happened affirm that belief. SHAME on all who participated and approved this travesty!

  • Wayne Johnson
    May 20, 2014 - 23:05

    There have been other performances which have used fake Queens so, this wasn't a surprise for me. I personally didn't think Her Majesty or, anyone else for that matter, should have felt insulted since it was all done for the sake of good humor. It was good, clean fun.

  • The Observer from Stratford
    May 20, 2014 - 22:58

    Britain has a long tradition of this type of humour and the Royals have been a staple of this kind of music hall/English vaudeville performances for decades. I would think Charles, Camilla and the rest of the Royal Family are all used to this genre of lampoon. Now as for the quality of this particular incident that's another matter. It wasn't the best.

  • Brian Willim
    May 20, 2014 - 22:42

    Absolutely ridiculous. Embarrassing to all!

  • Darryl Gunn
    May 20, 2014 - 22:38

    While I'm sure that Mr. Lynch's performance was intended to serve as being truly comical, it unfortunately went over like a "bad joke" that generated more awkwardness and embarrassment , rather than genuine "witty" comedy that could have been appreciated tastefully by so many, had the tone and stage etiquette not been so "amateurish". In my opinion, I wouldn't quit my day job if I were you Mr. Lynch and you have now become famous for a so called "performance" that won't be forgotten either here in Canada or in the U.K. Thanks! and Good luck wiping the omelet off the faces of all Canadians as well as your own.

  • Andre
    May 20, 2014 - 22:26

    I don't know what all the fuss is about. Like seriously, maybe Camilla and Charles were just bored ... It's like another night in front of the tv with just the Charlottetown channel on ... And maybe ... Just maybe ... The guy imitating his mom ain't that good at it ... Maybe it's totally unauthentic like so many impersonators I've watched which is truly boring ... And if they were really offended ... Who cares ... Seriously

  • Krusty HeyHey
    May 20, 2014 - 22:13

    Lucky for Wade it was not King Joffery or The King would have a new Fool today. Even Ole Krusty would have turned that gig down. Bad taste, even by my standards!! Heyhey

  • Terri
    May 20, 2014 - 22:08

    Embrace the gift of laughter and humor. The world needs more joy and laughter, don't you think? The script went through many royal layers of approval well in advance of the performance. I am not sure if folks are concerned about the royals perception or projecting some of their own insecure ego's of how they might personally be viewed.... I thought it was a wonderful, witty and endearingly funny. I try to remember to believe none of what I hear and only half of what I see.

  • Terri
    May 20, 2014 - 22:04

    Embrace the gift of laughter and humor. The world needs more joy and laughter, don't you think? The script went through many royal layers of approval well in advance of the performance. I am not sure if folks are concerned about the royals perception or projecting some of their own insecure ego's of how they might personally be viewed.... I thought it was a wonderful, witty and endearingly funny. I try to remember to believe none of what I hear and only half of what I see.

  • Kim Bevan
    May 20, 2014 - 21:47

    Funny :) TY

  • Isaac
    May 20, 2014 - 21:47

    This is awesome! Really awesome! Hopefully it DID insult the "royals" and hopefully they decide to stay out of our country. Now, if we can just figure out how to get the queens face off our money!

  • Cumberland
    May 20, 2014 - 21:31

    I watched the performance of a drag queen impersonating Her Majesty. It was uncomfortable to watch and really it was not funny at all. Would Wade Lynch like to see his Mother made the butt of poor jokes, and humiliated? With all that PEI has to offer why this bad, tasteless backstreet act is beyond me. Has PEI become the new Rob Ford?.

  • Islandgirl
    May 20, 2014 - 21:10

    Seriously...You put a fat guy in a dress and made fun of the queen in front of her child..wtf were you thinking?...again we look like hillbillys in fromt of the world..Who makes these decisions?...There are people on the Island with alot of talent who could of represented us well!!

  • Rider Fan
    May 20, 2014 - 21:09

    I actually read all of your comments.Sounds like Prince Charles and Camilla witnessed quite a performance. I can set everyone's mind at ease, we knew they were in Nova Scotia at some point.That was it. Also, members of the Royal Family don't just "show up". They are invited by the government.

  • Cyril
    May 20, 2014 - 20:53

    Canada will be 150 years old in 2017, and no child go grow up to be head of state of Canada.Charles and the rest came here on a Canadian Airbus Plane that cost us $15,000 per hour. We will fly them back to London, and then the plane will fly empty back to Canada. Shame on us if we allowed this to continue.

  • John smith
    May 20, 2014 - 20:52

    What a bunch of bright lights we have in PEI! Shut down the Island already. What is JOe Ghiz doing other than picking his nose. PEI is a waste of taxpayers money.

    • LA
      May 21, 2014 - 11:56

      John, considering you don't even know what premier is in office and your comment was ridiculous, you're not qualified to call others dim.

  • CyberScriber
    May 20, 2014 - 20:38

    Count me in as negative feedback: it was absolutely cringe-worthy and inappropriate. I agree that Lynch is not to blame: he was invited to do his act. But this idea had no chance. The Duchess had no choice but to respond as she did: how would it play, back in Britain, for her to laugh at a such a mockery of the Queen, the mother of her husband and future King? Let's hope that this doesn't go national or international, and remains a local, awkward episode.

  • Geo
    May 20, 2014 - 20:34

    First time I've been embarassed to be an Islander. Someone's position in the PEI government should be seriously reevaluated.

  • Kev
    May 20, 2014 - 20:26

    There was nothing funny about the performance. Sorry, but it was done in poor taste. Seems like something that you would see or hear during an amateur night somewhere. It is also an embarrassment to the Island. I'm not a big fan of the monarchy, but I'm not against it either. I do believe that guests to PEI (regardless fo whether they wear a crown or not) deserve better than to be treated to such a disgraceful act. It shows poorly on all Islanders, and I agree with the comments regarding this government and the poorly thought-out decisions. I do have to be honest - I found the video of the performance hard to watch and as a result, did not watch the full thing.

  • PEI ALMIGHTY
    May 20, 2014 - 20:09

    "SMITE ME ALMIGHTY SMITER!!" -PEI

  • Dan Aiken
    May 20, 2014 - 20:05

    So the Ghiz government is blaming bureaucrats for the failures of its patronage-appointed Chief Protocol Officer? Disgraceful.

  • BAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    May 20, 2014 - 19:57

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • DJ
    May 20, 2014 - 19:55

    One word"Stupid". Not sure who should own the word? The ones that approved it our the one that performed it? But Truly "STUPID". Glad i wasn't there as it would be uncomfortable as heck!

  • Jon
    May 20, 2014 - 19:52

    From a CBC article on May 13, Brenda Gallant is quoted as, ""We have Wade Lynch who is going to be dressed as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth which I think is going to be absolutely incredible," said Gallant. "He is preparing a sketch with Anne of Green Gables and a Father of Confederation so we can't wait to see that one," she said. " We could have waited...

  • LexD
    May 20, 2014 - 19:37

    Oh for crying out loud. Get over yourselves. If Chuck & Cammie can't take a joke, the heck with them.

  • wade
    May 20, 2014 - 19:33

    The buck stops where? At the Premier's desk, don't think for a minute that it was not run by him, ---- tasteless and awful performance, with or without the Royals present, - aother example of a rudderless government.

  • reality
    May 20, 2014 - 19:27

    a great comedian does not have to be rude ,crude ,lewd, disrespectful, focused on sex organs nor potty mouthed-- most present day so-called comedians, it seems ,are some or all of the above (and certainly far from great )

  • ROYALFAN
    May 20, 2014 - 18:57

    Who in the world approved this travesty that has made PEI the laughing stock of the world and which furthermore has insulted both our royal visitors and our Monarch. Truly shameful !!

    • Blagoje
      May 20, 2014 - 20:49

      No, the Monarchy still being attached to Canada in the year 2014 is the real embarrassment to Canada.

    • embarrassed islander
      May 20, 2014 - 21:55

      It says right in the article ! Tourism PEI ! Whats the difference anyways? Islanders expect ZERO accountability from their government. This embarrassment will be swept right under the rug like everything else is. Remember last weeks big story? PEI sending back 1.5 million dollars of unused addictions treatment money ? It goes on and on. You want something done ? Stop electing your bloody cousins and chums as officials and make these people accountable. Go to the polls, and vote against EVERY incumbent screwup. Otherwise just laugh at PEI, much like the rest of Canada does.

    • Diane 1976
      May 21, 2014 - 00:38

      No. The title of Canadian laughing stock of the world still belongs to Toronto for Mayor Ford. Try again PEI. :-) I bet it was all the fault of some anonymous British officials or maybe the Harper Government did it. The Minister seemed to get a kick out of it.

    • Jon Task
      May 21, 2014 - 01:08

      Please don't concern yourself. The royal family couldn't care less about the people of Great Britain, let alone the good people of PEI.

  • Tulpa
    May 20, 2014 - 18:56

    I think the big problem with the skit was that it just wasn't funny enough to justify its inclusion, and regardless of how the Royals felt about it was bound to be uncomfortable. Wade leafing through the script and trying to un-stick pages during the routine didn't help. Given that the British have a great tradition of drag performers and are among the best, maybe we could have gone with something a little more particular to the Island. Like Snowbird, a perfect choice.

  • M.S.
    May 20, 2014 - 18:56

    They didn't look like they were in on the joke! Move over Moncton...PEI is now the new "Arse Hole" of the Maritimes!

  • ROYALFAN
    May 20, 2014 - 18:55

    Who in the world approved this travesty that has made PEI the laughing stock of the world and which has insulted our royal visitors and our Monarch. Shameful !!

  • Mark Christie
    May 20, 2014 - 18:50

    Oh come on - a little harmless fun poked at the royalty. Quite obviously nothing mean or malicious. I'm sure the Royal family can laugh at themselves. They are not Rob Ford after all.

  • Cyril
    May 20, 2014 - 18:47

    Canadians should be more concern about the $1.5million that this 4 day trip is costing taxpayers. When are we going to allow a Canadian to be our head of state? Grow up Canada !

  • just me
    May 20, 2014 - 18:33

    I still cannot believe that is cost the Island taxpayers 100k to bring the Royals from Halifax to Charlottetown...Does this country not give them enough money to take a vacation on their own dime. Certainly our visits to their country are not paid for by them. The Island could have been better represented for talent if that is what they were trying to display. Not all of the Islanders are hicks as Mr. Lynch so proudly represented us to be. We do have incredible talent on this little Island. Just an opinion...we have no say in the decisions whether good or bad that our elected representatives and their appointees make on our behalf. Had our province not put out so many $ on their visit perhaps we could have afforded some real entertainment As previously stated...just an opinion...makes good reading for people who have nothing better to do . lol

  • just me
    May 20, 2014 - 18:30

    I still cannot believe that is cost the Island taxpayers 100k to bring the Royals from Halifax to Charlottetown...Does this country not give them enough money to take a vacation on their own dime. Certainly our visits to their country are not paid for by them. The Island could have been better represented for talent if that is what they were trying to display. Not all of the Islanders are hicks as Mr. Lynch so proudly represented us to be. We do have incredible talent on this little Island. Just an opinion...we have no say in the decisions whether good or bad that our elected representatives and their appointees make on our behalf. Had our province not put out so many $ on their visit perhaps we could have afforded some real entertainment As previously stated...just an opinion...makes good reading for people who have nothing better to do . lol

  • Robert Magnusson
    May 20, 2014 - 18:10

    WHAT.....WERE.....THEY......THINKING?

  • Terrible decision!
    May 20, 2014 - 18:06

    Why, why would the organizers give the OK for Wade Lynch to imitate and make fun of the Queen in front of her son and his wife? Another great decision made with little thought by this very,very inept Ghiz government!! Oh for the day when they are removed for ever!!!!!

  • huh
    May 20, 2014 - 17:49

    Clearly the skit was a mistake. But, first off, don't blame the messenger (Wade Lynch). Second, i am pretty sure you don't blame the Ghiz government on this one either (it may shock some, but the government is not necessarily responsible for each and every thing that happens on this island). Third, at the end of the day, chill out. It was a comedy skit that bombed (significantly, apparently). Happens all the time. Was it poorly thought out? Probably. But don't forget that the script was vetted through the Royal's representatives. And as for it representing islanders as hicks etc., well, I think that's a little dramatic. Besides, opinions expressed on this board do that every day.

  • BrianSobey
    May 20, 2014 - 17:45

    OH!! Fun. Another 30 second news story for the National News just so they know we are still hillbilly.

  • Mungo
    May 20, 2014 - 17:44

    This weak-chinned dauphin needs to learn some humility. Anything that brings these highborn patricians down a couple notches can't be a bad thing.

    • bonster
      May 20, 2014 - 18:45

      Say what you will about the royals (and I'm no fan), how would you react if you were "entertained" by seeing a parody send-up of your mother?

    • Mungo
      May 20, 2014 - 21:51

      My family's Irish so we would all have a good laugh. My dear mum included.

  • Bruce MacEwen
    May 20, 2014 - 17:43

    Why even ask ? A 4th grader would know enough to be motified by this classless,insulting display of arrogance...

  • Mungo
    May 20, 2014 - 17:43

    This weak-chinned dauphin needs to learn some humility. Anything that brings these highborn patricians down a couple notches can't be a bad thing.

  • Andrew
    May 20, 2014 - 17:41

    Maybe Wade should have sang a cover of Lorde's Royals while dressed as the Queen. It would have been more entertaining.

  • Gerry MacDonald
    May 20, 2014 - 17:17

    If they never come back, the money it would cost to host their visit could be much better spent helping locals in need. For example, it would help to keep quite a few people keep warm next winter.

  • Exodus
    May 20, 2014 - 17:15

    Idol worship much people? I have no more respect for them then I would for the guy sitting next to me on the bus. In fact, less because the guy on the bus probably pays for his own vacations.

  • Guido Fawkes
    May 20, 2014 - 17:09

    Outstanding! Now the next step is leaving the commonwealth, helping the rest abolish these arrogant thieves, and repatriating the billions stolen over the years. Imperial parasites of the Nth degree still feeding off the population after centuries of perfidy!

  • Disgusted
    May 20, 2014 - 17:09

    Whose dumb idea was this??? I am not a Royal watcher and I don’t care that much about the English Royals and their sense of entitlement. Having said this, my heart goes out to Charles and Camilla having to witness a male dressed in drag impersonate the Queen Mother, Charles’ mother. It’s not nice. And I sure hope the Royal Couple will not think all Islanders are this insensitive. The look of scorn on Camilla’s face and the look of ‘What the Frig’ look on Charles’ face expose how they feel. This is a shame to treat special guests to the Island… and someone should have known better. As I said, I am not a Royal Fan or a monarchist but I believe all visitors should be treated with respect; impersonating the Queen Mother was disrespectful and, I, too, am embarrassed. It’s just so not nice to make fun of people. The Province has embarrassed Islanders.

    • Queen
      May 20, 2014 - 19:04

      The Queen is his mother - the Queen Mother was his late grandmother. I totally agree with you on everything else.

  • Disgusted
    May 20, 2014 - 17:08

    Whose dumb idea was this??? I am not a Royal watcher and I don’t care that much about the English Royals and their sense of entitlement. Having said this, my heart goes out to Charles and Camilla having to witness a male dressed in drag impersonate the Queen Mother, Charles’ mother. It’s not nice. And I sure hope the Royal Couple will not think all Islanders are this insensitive. The look of scorn on Camilla’s face and the look of ‘What the Frig’ look on Charles’ face expose how they feel. This is a shame to treat special guests to the Island… and someone should have known better. As I said, I am not a Royal Fan or a monarchist but I believe all visitors should be treated with respect; impersonating the Queen Mother was disrespectful and, I, too, am embarrassed. It’s just so not nice to make fun of people. The Province has embarrassed Islanders.

  • T Stoddard
    May 20, 2014 - 16:52

    I, personally, was embarrassed. I had to cover my face. My apologies to the Royal Family.

  • shawn macdonald
    May 20, 2014 - 16:21

    Last week a director named Brenda Gallant in the Dept of Tourism was quoted defending this decision on CBC-TV's Compass, stating that Wade Lynch's drag queen impersonation was going to be ''absolutely incredible''. Well she got one thing right - it was absolutely incredible - absolutely incredibly horrific and absolutely incredibly in poor taste. I would love to see the chain of government emails surface that traces who suggested and who subsequently approved this fiasco in the first place. With all due respect to Wade Lynch's comedic style, Patrick Ledwell was an excellent choice - tactfully poking fun at ourselves is fair game. But poking fun at guests or their parents or the institution they represent is not polite at the best of times and downright insulting to them under these circumstances. And incredibly embarrassing for our province in the spotlight of international media. Sadly, I have come to expect nothing but continued incredibly poor decisions like this from the incompetent political leadership and the supposedly professional bureaucrats that run this island. But they don't need to be told this. Deep down in their bones, they know that every word I wrote down is true, especially their lack of judgement, such as the brainless suggestion, implementation, defence and promotion of such an event.

    • Who cares
      May 20, 2014 - 16:55

      Who the h$ll cares they are two people I raise my kids that everyone is equal not Oh MY GOD THE ROYAL COUPLE give me a break thousands of dollars spent for what two royal snots got a free ride not to mention the police officers that had the bypass blocked off for 1/2 hour thanks for the heads up on that too.But hey that's our disgrace of government good riddance hope you don't come back

  • christine chaisson
    May 20, 2014 - 16:19

    It was in bad taste I think prince Charles and camellia thought it was very rude making fun of the queen and I for one is very ashamed of our island for doing this to them

    • sasha
      May 20, 2014 - 16:48

      Maybe they approved the lines but they could not ever expected that they would have been delivered in such amateurish/creepy/rude/insulting manner.

  • Clarence House Approved
    May 20, 2014 - 15:57

    According to an article in Saturday's Guardian, the script was sent to Clarence House and was approved so it is not as though this was not vetted by the people who know the Royal Family. If Charles and Camilla were not amused then they should fire some of their staff.

    • one thing
      May 20, 2014 - 18:01

      One thing to see some skit in writing and quite another to see it so disgustingly performed. I've seen many skits re the Queen, but this was abominable. The acting was atrocious & insulting.

  • Hannah LeBlanc
    May 20, 2014 - 15:51

    What was PEI 2014 thinking?!

  • brad from the east
    May 20, 2014 - 15:50

    Most of our roads here on pei aren't fit to drive on due to potholes/lack of maintenance yet It cost the province roughly $100 000.00 to entertain charles and camilla for the day... I think he did a good job and hopefully they have no plans on coming back!!

  • Ron Kelly
    May 20, 2014 - 15:50

    I'm led to believe that all aspects of a royal visit and its itinerary are worked out in advance in minute detail with the visiting royal or one of his or her representatives (who, in turn, would normally consult with the royal). If that's the case, then people are making way too much of this. Comedians "make fun" of people all the time -- and most people go along with it. If the royals are too stodgy to be able to laugh at themselves, too bad about them!

  • Observer
    May 20, 2014 - 15:44

    I wasn't there so can only judge from the clips online. The skit looked very amateurish and poorly written and executed. Wade is a talented guy but this was not a good moment. I felt embarrassed for all the other performers who had to take the stage after that.

  • Laura Acorn
    May 20, 2014 - 15:34

    Don't be so ready to blame Wade Lynch, this would have been vetted and approved by the advanced team.

  • apples
    May 20, 2014 - 15:30

    Liberal Government spin , Great for tourism you can't buy this sort of advertising for our Province with all the international media covering the Royals.

  • Otto Morrison
    May 20, 2014 - 15:27

    Fired?! Lol. Prob a gov worker made the decision which means they cannot be fired, even for gross incompetence.

  • The looked uncomfortable
    May 20, 2014 - 15:18

    Another bad decision by Ghiz ,Heather Moyse ,now this, Wade's impression was not the best the expressions on the Charles and Camilla's face looked like they were in the midst of a lingering bad fart from someone in the back....

  • Catherine Meyers
    May 20, 2014 - 15:14

    Come on lighten up. People have been making fun of the Queen and royalty forever. Why should PEI be any different.

    • Garth Staples
      May 20, 2014 - 16:06

      Who has been making fun of the Queen forever? Pray tell.

  • Gavin Hiltz
    May 20, 2014 - 15:01

    Well... there never coming back.

  • Alex Baumann
    May 20, 2014 - 14:36

    I wonder will it be enough to keep them away forever. If it is, pay the man double.

    • Jono
      May 20, 2014 - 18:15

      Well said

    • Jono
      May 20, 2014 - 18:16

      Well said

  • BE_Media_Mixin
    May 20, 2014 - 14:36

    Nice work PEI. Now instead of being known for Potato's and ginger kids, you'll be known as disrespectful moronic group of people. Good Job.

  • Myself
    May 20, 2014 - 14:33

    I'd sooner Mock Premier Ghiz-I'd wear a clown suit-cause thats what he is-actually it'd be a pompous clown.

  • Captain Canuck
    May 20, 2014 - 14:25

    So? So they didn't like it. Uptight much, folks? Me neither. Why aren't people upset about that?

  • Elizabeth Randolph
    May 20, 2014 - 14:18

    I have a hard time picturing Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla ever coming back to Prince Edward Island, after such shoddy treatment Monday night in Charlottetown. Is this the best Prince Edward Island can do for royalty? What's next on the tour, come to Cornwall to see our trailer parks? I got really creeped out when I worked my way toward that haphazardly thrown together plywood stage with its rented metal chairs to only find those in the rows closest to the Royals never moving. These strange people weren't there just to take pictures and move on, they stood there staring at Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla like they would at some strip joint. It felt so wrong. I wondered why on earth, there were no decorations, no comfortable chairs, or A plus entertainment. Instead, the entertainment was mediocre at best and insulting at its worst. The wrong people were in charge once again. This would never happen on my watch.

  • FIRED
    May 20, 2014 - 14:13

    What a crazy suggestion to FIRE someone for making fools of all PEI..... Here folks who are on the right side of politics are promoted and given raises!!!!! So don't hold your breath on anyone being accountable. Look at our Plan B highway, our ever increasing taxes at every level, our education, our health. Charles and Camilla have been gracious and the little PEI paid to have them visit is peanuts to what Charles raises in helping youth all over this country. The buck stops on all these issues with Mr. GHIZ....shame on him.

  • SomeoneRetrieveThatStick
    May 20, 2014 - 14:00

    I think Charles was about to enjoy it until he noticed Camilla's distaste at the outset. It isn't Wade's fault she has a stick lodged somewhere. I'm betting if it had been the Queen in the audience she would have enjoyed it. I can't find one insulting thing about it. Heck, the British pretty much invented the man-in-drag gig, didn't they? (cough-Monty Python-cough).

  • Irish4Ever
    May 20, 2014 - 13:59

    haha this was awesome, always a treat to see the "royals" shamed

  • Peter
    May 20, 2014 - 13:52

    Hmmmm... I wonder if Prince Charles and his wife would accept an invitation to return to PEI in 1015, and perhaps help us out by campaigning against this Ghiz ?

    • Peter
      May 20, 2014 - 16:48

      Oooops ... I meant 2015, didn't I? Yep...

  • LongTimeHenry
    May 20, 2014 - 13:52

    Bahaha. Nice work PEI. Top of the line entertainment......

  • Ooookay
    May 20, 2014 - 13:51

    Everyone should just buggaaaah.

    • Grow Up
      May 20, 2014 - 18:04

      This is a serious matter- not one to be taken lightly. We don't need the like of you trolls on here.

  • Ooooook
    May 20, 2014 - 13:48

    Buuuuugggaaaaah

  • Not funny
    May 20, 2014 - 13:46

    I enjoy humour and have seen some excellent impersonators (on television and in person). Mr. Lynch was neither a good impersonator, nor funny. I'm sorry, but it flopped. It wouldn't have been funny even without members of the Royal Family in attendance, and with them present, it was a double fault. I agree with other commenters that someone should be held accountable for the decision to include this skit in the concert. Given the number of vehicles I saw drive by in the Royal cavalcade today, someone should have had a few minutes to vet this in advance and to decide there were better options for entertainment. Our sincere apologies, Prince Charles and Dutchess Camilla.

  • Paul
    May 20, 2014 - 13:43

    While I agree that the act was in bad taste, I am disturbed that all the blame is being placed on the comic. Who was the stage manager (or the one who decides which acts get to go on) who selected this act??? I think some of the blame lies with them as well.

  • John
    May 20, 2014 - 13:39

    I think we'd all like to know who approved it. C'mon Guardian, put your crack reporters on this so we really know who to blame.

  • Vanessa
    May 20, 2014 - 13:39

    It was beyond painful to watch. I don't know who thought a man dressing up as the queen would be a hit.. More like an epic disaster. Second hand embarassement was brought to islanders.. Great waste of money though!!

  • rob
    May 20, 2014 - 13:36

    wow! just wow!! i could care less about the royal family, but really, who in their right mind would think this was a good idea?that was jaw dropping bad taste.

  • no google
    May 20, 2014 - 13:35

    Don't get too worked up folks! Do any of you actually think the Royal Family give a hoot about P.E.I. . Camilla looks like a sour puss any way.

    • Disgusted
      May 21, 2014 - 12:21

      Thank you for clearing the "Queen Mother" mixed up title.. Thank you for the supportive comment..

  • Big Deal
    May 20, 2014 - 13:30

    Personally I think the FAR bigger tragedy is that we wasted 100k bringing these worthless figureheads to PEI in a time where so many Islanders are struggling. That is far worse than Lynch's embarrassing performance.

  • johnthames
    May 20, 2014 - 13:29

    This was, to say the least, unnecessary. Who ever planned this, and gave approval should be downgraded a pay scale or two. Surely the Premier did not know of this or approve? Makes us look just like who we really are, a bunch of DA provincial hicks. I'm certain the Royals will consider it most boorish... and be sure and avoid PEI in the future. Imagine, an insulting parody of the Queen and a visit to Cornwall all in 24 hours, this would leave anyone with the smallest modicum of taste aghast.

    • Maggie
      May 20, 2014 - 18:35

      If only there was a "like" button for this comment! Made me smile:)

  • Sharon
    May 20, 2014 - 13:26

    I am all of the above..as well as outraged and I cannot believe that someone would think that Wade Lynch as The Queen would be entertainment to the future King (and her son at that). PEI this was a "jumped the shark" moment. We have so many talented people here on the island who deserved their 15 minutes of fame..

  • JUDY PROFITT
    May 20, 2014 - 13:21

    I was absolutely mortified watching this! Nothing like insulting our Royal guests to PEI by mocking their mother, the Queen! I have rarely witnessed anything in such poor taste, especially at an official function hosted by the Province. The Premier and his wife looked quite uncomfortable too...What a painful display that was supposed to "entertain" the royals...PEI's well-known hospitality has been replaced by humiliation of its guests! Whether you're a royal fan or not, this is not the way to treat people!!! Hopefully, someone has tried to smooth over this appalling breach of etiquette! PS: I am in no way criticizing Actor Wade Lynch. He fulfilled what he was asked to do...a comedic impersonation of the Queen. The problem lies in the ill-conceived concept chosen and approved by someone in authority in PEI.

  • LMAO
    May 20, 2014 - 13:21

    Mr Ghiz. Bravo for another job well done. Resign please you blind idiotic man. Say goodbye to the Royal family in PEI and likely Canada. With all your assistants you should have sent at least one to view the show before you made PEI the laughing stock of North America. Oh wait, most of your assistants sit home and just get their biweekly patronage checks direct deposit.

  • Fantasy Land
    May 20, 2014 - 13:17

    Great, hopefully they hated it so much they don't come back.

  • ASHAMED
    May 20, 2014 - 13:17

    Hopefully, Prince Charles and Camilla, will not feel that all Islanders are as disrespectful or as moronic as the few that think that this man in drag was art. Now I see where a lot of money is being wasted. Whoever put this farce on wouldn't know art if it jumped up and bit them. Totally ashamed Islander.

  • Can't Believe It
    May 20, 2014 - 13:14

    I'm not a fan of the Royals, but this was a big mistake. You can tell from the body language that neither Charles, Camilla nor Robert were too impressed. Gail Shea on the other hand seemed to think it was funny. I wonder what the PM will think of his lovely Minister of the Crown when he sees this video clip.

    • hmatt
      May 20, 2014 - 13:34

      It was Robert's Dept of Tourism, that paid for this ..a week ago he thought It was a great idea.

  • TOTALLY DISGUSTING
    May 20, 2014 - 13:09

    Who in their right mind would ever consider putting a man in drag on stage to badly impersonate someones mother yet alone the future Kings mother. Bad, bad , move ,and if someone getting paid for this garbage thinks it is art, then time for you to find new employment. You have definitely shown the world where not to come to.

  • Big Joe
    May 20, 2014 - 12:58

    I have no use for the monarchy and think it's archaic and serves no purpose. I also feel, however, that this skit should never have been part of the visit. But on a more positive note, if we're lucky, they'll never come to Canada again after being so insulted and it will save us all a lot of money. Ironically, it all happened on Price Edward's Isle.

  • Jakolin
    May 20, 2014 - 12:57

    If it was performed without the royal highnesses in the audience, everyone of you self righteous critics would be laughing! Perhaps yes it was in poor taste, but He was asked to reprise his roll, whomever chose Wade to do this, must have had some idea of what it would entail!!

    • Not funny
      May 21, 2014 - 02:13

      There was nothing funny about this performance other than the awkward expressions on everyone's faces, especially The Whiz's wife.

  • Mary Russell
    May 20, 2014 - 12:56

    I was uncomfortable watching the performance last evening. The body language of Camilla was very clear she was not amused! In my opinion the performance should have had more PEI Heritage.

  • kissmyassghiz
    May 20, 2014 - 12:55

    Huge embarrassment to all Islanders.....thanks ghiz

  • Mary Russell
    May 20, 2014 - 12:54

    I was uncomfortable watching the performance last evening. The body language of Camilla was very clear she was not amused! In my opinion the performance should have had more PEI Heritage.

  • M. Elizabeth
    May 20, 2014 - 12:54

    Shameful, embarrassing. Whoever decided on this should be fired. To even do a impersonation was in bad taste but what is worse is the impersonation was in no way like the Queen and crass. Shame shame.

  • Don't shoot the actor
    May 20, 2014 - 12:49

    Don't blame Mr. Lynch for fulfilling the terms of the contract. He was just doing his job. Blame whomever signed him up, thinking that people, including the Royal family, have a sense of humour.

  • Wow
    May 20, 2014 - 12:47

    Wow.... with all the talent on PEI and all they could come up with is this bumbling idiot? Fools!

  • Stan Hope
    May 20, 2014 - 12:47

    Dear shirlee hogan, speak for yourself. The only one who looks like an idiot is you with a shoot from the hip comment like that & your broken keyboard. As far as that slice of community theater vaudeville by Mr. Lynch , giant fail.

  • Julie Con
    May 20, 2014 - 12:46

    Sad...sad...very poor taste....with all the good talent we have....to make fun of his mother!!

  • voter
    May 20, 2014 - 12:41

    typical stupid liberal government decision- NO COMMON SENSE AND NO RESPECT FOR PEOPLE ---SADLY----the other party leaders would have approved it as well, i'm sure ----

  • oh dear
    May 20, 2014 - 12:39

    awkward....in poor taste

  • Yves
    May 20, 2014 - 12:37

    I wouldn't blame them for being disgusted. Let's invite them over and make fun of their family. It's not as if anyone is on "first name basis" with them. Very very poor taste. I would think the same if I was invited over to someone's place I don't know and they entertained me by making fun of my family.

  • Dan Aiken
    May 20, 2014 - 12:36

    There's a universal code out there: don't talk smack about a man's mother unless you want to get roughed up. This had the potential to become a major violation of protocol and an embarrassment to our province on the international stage. It was an obvious mistake.

  • shocked
    May 20, 2014 - 12:34

    oh my... very tasteless indeed. We have so many good, classy, talented entertainers on PEI, why do this, and with so many insulting comments against the Royals? I can't believe it!

  • Ryan Gallant
    May 20, 2014 - 12:23

    Can't imagine how anyone could've predicted that this would be a horrendous failure...

  • Finally
    May 20, 2014 - 12:20

    I'd be interested to find out who here thought this was a good idea... and ran with it. One negative backlash of this..and I can think of many... is in the rest of the world anyone who watches the Royal and many do... are going to think PEI is a tasteless, backwoods full of uncultured hicks and never want to come here. There is such a thing as bad publicity although apparently this Island doesn't think so..

  • Alex Douglas
    May 20, 2014 - 12:20

    Ban Lynch from the Performing Arts now....

  • Eileen Brown
    May 20, 2014 - 12:18

    They better learn to take a joke and not be so Serious

  • Chris W
    May 20, 2014 - 12:12

    Would have been nice if the comedian said something nice about PEI too. Or was that a roast?

  • Stupid Idea
    May 20, 2014 - 12:12

    I don't much care for the Royals but no one deserves to be publicly humiliated.

  • Chester L
    May 20, 2014 - 12:12

    Oh my I just watched this....." humble pie indeed " in my view very poor taste, its quite obvious to the view when you look at Prince Charles and Camilla that this is not going over well, look at the strained faces. Terrible display. Even our Premier is not impressed........

  • West Prince
    May 20, 2014 - 12:00

    What a huge embarrassment to all Islanders. Someone must have been in a drunken stupor when they decided to have that as entertainment for such important dignitaries. I felt sick to my stomach while watching it......!!!

    • John Malone
      May 20, 2014 - 12:38

      West PrinceMay 20, 2014 - 12:00 What a huge embarrassment to all Islanders. Someone must have been in a drunken stupor when they decided to have that as entertainment for such important dignitaries. I felt sick to my stomach while watching it......!!! I agree 100 per cent. What the hell were they thinking. Get someone up there making fun of Mr. Ghiz mother and see how long he would sit there. The whole Island should be ashamed for this.

  • Don
    May 20, 2014 - 11:59

    The Wade Lynch show was a bomb. Can't they see this coming, like the Heather Moyse medal fiasco?

  • shirlee hogan
    May 20, 2014 - 11:58

    what did 'they' expect......we have no other talent on PEI so why not select something to make us look like idiots here on PEI............

    • Not Impressed
      May 20, 2014 - 12:30

      Well Shirlee, if the shoe fits...