LONDON — Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, spent three days living with farmers on a remote Scottish island--and got a roasting from some of Britain's royal-hungry popular newspapers for doing so.
Buckingham Palace confirmed today that Charles, who among his many titles is Lord of the Isles, spent three days this week living on the remote Outer Hebrides island of Bernerary planting potatoes, cutting peat and rounding up sheep.
His spokesman said Charles, 38, decided to find out firsthand how people live in the region--a decision greeted by the mass circulation Sun newspaper with the headline "A Loon Again," a pun on Scottish pronunciation and the prince's known desire to seek what has been labeled as inner satisfaction by getting back to basics.
Charles made the visit without his 25-year-old wife, Princess Diana, or their two children. He and Diana later visited the Cannes Film Festival.