Most famous tummy upset in the world feeds media frenzy

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This is really one time when you must be so glad that you’re not a royal. Who, after all, would want the details of their illness plastered all over the world’s media?

I’m talking about the Queen who was admitted to hospital with gastroenteritis which, as we all know, is basically a codename for the ‘squits’.

It’s bad enough when you suffer from it in the privacy of your own home, or have to tell your line manager at work why you took the day off.

But imagine the embarrassment of having the world’s media discussing what’s going on in your stomach and its openings?

The royals may have the money and an exotic lifestyle.

But I think that I’d rather have – today anyway – the privacy.