Stephen Fry has spoken once again about his claims of taking cocaine on a trip to Buckingham Palace, but has said that while he believes Prince Charles is likely “not pleased” about the incident, he doubts the royal would permanently show him the door as a result.
Fry, 57, said he took the Class-A drug at the palace in his most recent autobiography, More Fool Me, while also admitting to using cocaine while in the House of Lords, the House of Commons, Windsor Castle, Clarence House, a number of London hotels and clubs and the premises of The Daily Telegraph, The Times and the Spectator, as well as at BBC Television Centre.
Speaking to Kirsty Young on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, Fry said it would be fair to say the Prince "would not be especially pleased with the idea of people doing that in the palace," but nor would he "point to the exit door to say, ‘Never return again.’”
Stephen Fry's Finest Quotes
Stephen Fry's Finest Quotes
1/19 On Being Bipolar
"There’s a moment in the film where I recognised that this was the last moment we filmed before this wave of depression came over me, and I was idiotic or victim enough, or whatever one wants to call it, of this mad compulsion."
2/19 On Taking Cocaine At Buckingham Palace
"I take this opportunity to apologise unreservedly, to the owners, managers or representatives of the noble and ignoble premises and to the hundreds of private homes, offices, car dashboards, tables, mantelpieces and available polished surfaces that could so easily have been added to this list of shame."
3/19 On His Age
"I don't need you to remind me of my age. I have a bladder to do that for me."
4/19 On Swearing
"It would be impossible to imagine going through life without swearing and without enjoying swearing."
5/19 On TV
"I don't watch television. It destroys the art of talking about oneself."
6/19 On Happiness
"Having a great intellect is no path to being happy."
7/19 On Technology
"One technology doesn't replace another, it complements. Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators."
8/19 On Being On Stage
"You are who you are when nobody's watching."
9/19 On Education
"Education is the sum of what students teach each other between lectures and seminars."
10/19 On Creativity
"An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them."
11/19 On Journalism
"Many people would no more think of entering journalism than the sewage business - which at least does us all some good."
12/19 On Love
"Love in all eight tones and all five semitones of the word's full octave."
13/19 On The English Accent
"A cut glass English accent can fool unsuspecting Americans into detecting a brilliance that isn't there."
14/19 On Being An Author
"I get an urge, like a pregnant elephant, to go away and give birth to a book."
15/19 On Homosexuality
"I’ve never wanted one extra gay person in the world, there are plenty of us around."
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16/19 On Christmas
"Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that to travel hopefully is better to arrive."
17/19 On Clichés
"It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then like most clichés, that cliché is untrue. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will always hurt me."
18/19 On Smoking
"I think I have always linked smoking and sex. Maybe this is where I have been going wrong all my life."
19/19 On Homophobia
"Homosexuals are not interested in making other people homosexuals. Homophobes are interested in making other people homophobic."
Fry, who attended the blessing service of Prince Charles’ and Camilla Parker-Bowles’ following their wedding ceremony, said the royal is not “judgemental” or “prissy”.
The presenter and author, who is the president of Mind and has spoken openly of his own problems with mental health and of his bipolar diagnosis, said his drug and alcohol use was before his illness had been diagnosed. He said his drug and alcohol use was an attempt to change his mood, but added that it was “a bad idea and it exacerbates the problem”.
Fry also spoke of his husband Elliot Spencer, 27, revealing that the pair discuss the possibility of having children, adding that his own age plays a part in their decision making process. “We had better get on with it, if we do,” he told the show.
The presenter was first banished to a remote island on Desert Island Discs 27 years ago and is one of around 250 people who have appeared on the show more than once since it started in 1942.
Commenting on Fry’s repeat appearance, a BBC spokesperson said: “On occasion, we invite castaways to make a repeat appearance because we consider their lives, careers and achievements have moved on considerably since the first interview.”Reuse content