Is going barefoot a thing now, or do we tell Harry and Gwynnie ...

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Is going barefoot a thing now, or do we tell Harry and Gwynnie to shod off?

Whether it's an ill-advised fad or a health boon, even the Aussie cricketers are doing it before big matches

Guy Kelly

Of all the objectionable details unearthed from Google’s VIP save-the-planet summer camp in Sicily last week – and there were a number – many headlines picked on one thing in particular: that the Duke of Sussex gave his speech “BAREFOOT”.

The tone was one of simmering outrage. “Just who does he think he is, Gandhi? Joan Baez?” it went. “He’s sixth in line to the throne, and he has the temerity to take his shoes and socks off while public speaking? I’m sorry but this is the last straw.”

To many, the idea of Prince Harry’s naked hooves – which he reportedly prepared for their big moment with a £50 (R900) pedicure at the five-star Coworth Park in Ascot – was one small misstep. But to others, it may be one giant, barefooted leap for humanity...

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