Diary: PR heavyweight says he won’t be entering the ring for the crown title

Colin Byrne of Shandwick Public Affairs almost fell off his managing director’s chair last week when he was told by my misinformed rivals on the Times Diary that he was on Buckingham Palace’s list of potential spin doctors. His personal assistant tells me that he walked out of his office in peals of laughter after the Times’ phone call.

Colin Byrne of Shandwick Public Affairs almost fell off his

managing director’s chair last week when he was told by my misinformed

rivals on the Times Diary that he was on Buckingham Palace’s list of

potential spin doctors. His personal assistant tells me that he walked

out of his office in peals of laughter after the Times’ phone call.



Byrne told me: ’It was complete news to me and I consider it to be a bit

of flyer. I am flattered but quite happy where I am and I very much

doubt it’s on the cards,’



His Royal credentials come from working as an adviser to the Prince’s

Trust from 1991 to 1995, when he accompanied the Prince of Wales on

foreign trips. But Byrne is bound to be viewed less favourably by the

pro-hunting Royals - he now counts the International Fund for Animal

Welfare, one of the groups supporting the anti-hunting bill, among his

clients.



The Times’ other candidate, ex-Express editor Sir Nicholas Lloyd of

Brown Lloyd James, was less surprised that he was supposed to be in the

frame: ’It would be an example of poacher turned gamekeeper,’ he says.

’The Times probably thought the Royal family could draw on my experience

of tabloid news.’



However, Lloyd denies that he’s been approached. He wistfully adds: ’My

secretary says she’d love to work at the Palace.’



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