Royal flush

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Royal flush

What a yarn! Roger Clarke's story of the Italian royal family ("Cabbages & kings,'' 18 February) had me enthralled. Just one query - what was any university doing admitting someone who could neither read nor write? I suppose exiled Italian princelings with dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, temporal lobe seizures and hypoglaecemia form a very tiny ethnic minority, but surely this is taking affirmative action just a little too far.

peter sheridan

London SE15