The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have topped the list of ideal Christmas dinner party guests, as the British public showed that they’re still very much in love with the young heir to the throne and his young family.
The royal couple were streets ahead of the rest of the field in the survey carried out by the Personalise.co.uk shopping site, with current television favourite Joey Essex leading a distant pack of authors, actors, comedians and other celebrities.
Asked who their least welcome Christmas dinner guest might be, customers named Katie Hopkins, the opinionated former Apprentice contestant, now known for her forthright views on daytime television and the print media. Other pantomime villains making the unwelcome list were politicians, at least one major royal and talent show judges.
“The fact that William and Kate are the nation’s ideal dinner party guests, while Harry’s on the worst list says a lot about reputation”, said Personalise.co.uk’s Max Bramwell, “The Duke of Cambridge is seen as very much the more mature of the two brothers, while we all suppose fun-loving Harry might do something outrageous over the prawn cocktail.”
The top ten list on the poll were:
• Prince William and Duchess Kate
• Joey Essex
• Stephen Fry
• JK Rowling
• Miranda Hart
• David Tennant
• George Clooney
• Ant and Dec
• Harry Styles
• Carol Vorderman
“There’s a list of current television favourites mixed with stars who people have long admired,” said Personalised’s Max Bramwell. “Personally, I’d love to have Stephen Fry and Carol Vorderman around my table at Christmas dinner – can you imagine the conversation?
“I can’t say I’m all that keen on Harry Styles, though.”
The list of least favourite Christmas dinner guests comprised:
• Katie Hopkins
• Justin Bieber
• Prince Harry
• Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
• Heston Blumenthal
• Nigel Farage
• Wayne Rooney
• Simon Cowell
• George Osborne
• Craig Revel Horwood
“People like Craig Revel Horwood from Strictly are probably perfectly pleasant in real life,” said Bramwell, “But when you’re in the nation’s living rooms week in, week out playing Mr Nasty, it’s going to rub off on people.”
Reasons given for voting for certain celebrities were enlightening as well, personalise.co.uk found out. “One person said they didn’t want Heston to come to dinner because they thought he’d cook the turkey in helium and disguise it as a Christmas pudding, or something,” said Bramwell.