Elton John has a new memoir called Me coming out next week, and so excerpts from it are trickling out to get you to buy that book, and one of them is about the time that he witnessed Queen Elizabeth showing us all how to get kids to listen: slap them in the face while yelling at them that “YOU. ARE. THE. QUEEN.” If this isn’t in every parenting book, all of them need to be revised. Immediately.
Via Page Six:
While at a party, the Rocketman claims, QEII asked her nephew, Viscount Linley, to watch over his sister, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, because she wasn’t feeling well and had left the festivities to go rest. Linley had no interest in doing so.
“When he [Linley] repeatedly tried to fob her off, the Queen lightly slapped him across the face, saying ‘Don’t’ – slap – ‘argue’ – slap – ‘with’ – slap – ‘me’ – slap – ‘I’ – slap – ‘am’ – slap – ‘THE QUEEN!’”
This is how I would like to end 90 percent of my interactions with people. And strangely enough, I think Elton John does the same thing whenever he sees Madonna. That must’ve been where he got it from.
Elton went on to say when she caught him witnessing this masterful piece of discipline, Queen Elizabeth winked at him and let him know that it’s all in good fun.
When the Windsor matriarch noticed John had witnessed her out-of-character behavior, she winked at him and walked away, he writes.
“I know the Queen’s public image isn’t exactly one of wild frivolity, but . . . in private she could be hilarious,” John writes.
If my kids come home and say they don’t want to eat their broccoli or some shit, I am definitely doing this. Which will just result in them slapping me back and saying, “You’re barely even a peasant!”