If anyone can be excused for thinking paternalistically, it’s a would-be king. Besides, he needs to justify his existence somehow. If he’s not going to make himself useful in the war on terror, he might as well busy himself with First-Lady-ish nonsense initiatives like this. At least that way he stays out of trouble.

My hometown’s already headed down the path towards becoming a vegan paradise. Resistance is futile.

The Prince spoke as he and the Duchess of Cornwall visited a diabetes centre in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and watched children packing healthy lunch boxes to encourage awareness of the disease.

As nutritionist Nadine Tayara told him they discourage children from eating fast food, he retorted: “Have you got anywhere with McDonald’s, have you tried getting it banned? That’s the key.”…

His own sons were fans of the hamburger restaurant and often taken there by their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales and though it is unlikely Prince Charles has entered a McDonald’s, his mother, the Queen, gave tacit support to the chain by officially visiting a McDonald’s restaurant for the first time in Cheshire in 1998, though she did not sample its menu.

Even more delicious than McDonald’s fries is the graphic at the link comparing a Big Mac to one of the prince’s own organic Duchy Originals “Cornish Pasties.” It’s not really about eating healthy, you see; it’s about having the right intentions. As usual.

Hmmm. We’ve got nanny statism, a member of the British royal family, and an Arab angle thanks to the dateline. All the makings of a honey of a Mark Steyn column — if, that is, there was some way to tie it all in to demography.

Jackpot.