Prince Charles jokes about Australian 'pommie bastard' abuse
Britain's Prince Charles fondly recalled how he was called a "pommie bastard" while a student in Australia before offering his support to the flood-ravaged nation at a dinner in London on Wednesday.
The heir to the throne told guests at an event to mark Australia Day that the good-natured abuse he received during a six-month spell at Timbertop, Victoria, in 1966, made him a stronger person.
"I've been through my fair share of being called a 'pommie bastard,' by God it was good for the character", the prince said during the celebration at the Australian High Commission in the British capital.
"If you want to develop character go to Australia."
The heir praised the country's resilience which he said would help it recover from devastation caused by the recent floods, which killed 30 people and submerged large areas of Queensland.
"We know also, just how much people in communities are helping each other. Suddenly adversity produces extraordinary generosity of spirit and people working together in a way perhaps hadn't quite happened before."
The prince praised the "incredible" emergency services and livestock farmers, who he said were showing "unbelievable courage and resilience."
© 2011 AFP