Thursday, April 25, 2024

The Pizza Express Princes – Shouldn’t Pizza Express Be Given A Royal Warrant After Being Mentioned In Legal Matters Concerning Both Prince Andrew & Prince Harry?

As Prince Harry brings Pizza Express up in legal proceedings against Mirror Group Newspapers, shouldn’t the chain be given a royal warrant given Prince Andrew used it as an alibi also?

Royal warrants normally go to ritzy retailers such as Fortnum & Mason and – until its then owner Mohamed Fayed decided to offend the late Duke of Edinburgh by accusing him of the murder of the late Diana, Princess of Wales – Harrods.


Now, with the Duke of Sussex becoming the first senior royal to be dragged in to give evidence in his case against Mirror Group Newspapers, comes yet another yet also surprising reference to a more ‘mass market’ chain, Pizza Express.


Mentioned in the context of a “private visit” for a lunch at one of the circa 570 restaurants in the chain prior to coronavirus in September 2000 by King Charles III’s second son and a Daily Mirror ‘3am’ column article titled “Harry’s Time At The Bar” by Jessica Callan, Eva Simpson and Polly Graham, the prince – whom answered most questions yesterday before Mr Justice Fancourt with a standard: “You’ll have to ask the journalist” – stated:


“What strikes me about this article in particular is the comment that a week before, I had insisted that one of my PPOs join me and a friend when we had lunch at Pizza Express. I’m unsure of how the Defendant’s journalists could have been aware of any private conversation between me and my PPO, but it is notable because it’s another example of the Defendant seeming to know where I was at a particular point in time.”


“Private visits to restaurants with friends were never publicly announced (in fact, our movements were always intended to be kept secret), nor did this kind of thing fall within any official duties, yet not only did the Defendant seemed to know where I was at all times, they felt able and entitled to report it to the public without any regard for my security or any private life I wished to have, even at the age of just 16.”


More infamously, back when he gave his juggernaut wreck interview to Emily Maitlis for the BBC’s flagship Newsnight show on 16th November 2019, the non-sweating second son of the late Queen Elizabeth II that is Prince Andrew relied on the Italian inspired chain as an alibi against allegations made by Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre concerning sexual shenanigans at the mucky madam Ghislaine Maxwell’s London mews house on 10th March 2001.


Of an incident that supposedly resulted in a payout of circa £12 million from the former husband of Sarah, Duchess of York, Prince Andrew told Maitlis that he couldn’t have been in Belgravia because he had been in Surrey instead. Questioned as to why he so clearly remembered this, he bizarrely justified by stating:


“I was with the children and I’d taken Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party at, I suppose, sort of, four or five in the afternoon. And then because the duchess [of York] was away, we have a simple rule in the family that when one is away, the other one is there.”


“Going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do; a very unusual thing for me to do. I’ve only ever been to Woking a couple of times, erm, and I remember it weirdly, distinctly. As soon as somebody reminded me of it, I went: ‘Oh yes, I remember that.’”


Subsequently, in February 2022, when the Woking branch of the pizza chain advertised for a new £8.91 per hour cleaner, Twitter users responded with one suggesting: “Luckily for Andrew, Pizza Express has vacancies” and another adding: “Prince Andrew could always apply… After all the publicity he gave them, he should be a cert – maybe even assistant manager material.”


According to a further report, shared in the Express in in February 2023, “Harry and Meghan broke tradition with their wedding food choice” on 19th May 2018. According to the paper’s Dorothy Reddin, “a huge delivery of Pizza Express pizzas [were] delivered to Windsor Castle at 7pm. [They] were believed to have fed Harry and Meghan’s 200 closest friends and family as they danced until the early hours. It’s not clear whether the pizzas were delivered due to a problem with the originally-planned catering or if they were ordered for the staff.”


Today, I ask, given that this chain – founded by the legendary lover of jazz Peter Boizot in 1965 – has provided employment for thousands of Brits and given that senior royals themselves clearly love it so much, isn’t it now time for a royal warrant to be awarded to Pizza Express? After 58-years filling up Brits, surely, after all, the ‘Sloppy Giuseppe’ finally must be deserving of regal recognition.


Editor’s Note – Unlike as is the case in many publications, this article was NOT sponsored or supported by a third-party. Follow Matthew Steeples on Twitter at @M_Steeples.


Today on Twitter, Matthew Steeples asked: “Isn’t it time, after getting repeatedly mentioned in legal matters and served up at bashes connected with both Prince Harry and Prince Andrew, that Pizza Express be given a royal warrant?” By 1pm on Wednesday 7th June 2023, the majority of respondents favoured the answer: “Yes; Reward Sloppy Giuseppe.”
Prince Harry High Court statement
In his 24th February 2023 witness statement in the case of His Royal Highness Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex as claimant against defendant Mirror Group Newspapers, the husband of the mendacious menace formerly known as Meghan Markle references Pizza Express, a restaurant chain founded by a “wise man” and former Associated Press journalist named Peter Boizot in 1965 in London. At one point prior to the coronavirus lockdowns, the chain extended to 470 restaurants in the UK and 100 overseas in Europe, Hong Kong, China, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Saudi Arabia.
Prince Andrew Newsnight
The Italian chain got a royal shout-out previously on 16th November 2019 on the BBC’s ‘Newsnight’ when the Duke of York referenced it as part of his supposed alibi against Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s claims that he’d had sexual relations with her on 10th March 2001 at the Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London mews house of the noxious nonce Ghislaine Maxxwell. “I remember it weirdly, distinctly,” the buffoon-like husband of ‘Feckless Fergie’ claim.
Woking favourite The Big Whopper
Naturally, Prince Andrew’s claims about turning up at a mass market chain restaurant were subsequently ridiculed. One mock-up of him was accompanied by a message reading: “And this is my favourite… ‘The Big Whopper.’”
Woking alibi
Another, by Blower, added: “That’s our new one – the alibi” and had a chilli “spice guide” which featured options including: “No sweat, a bit sweaty and it’ll be pouring off you.”
Woking FBI
A cartoon by Paul Thomas depicting the Woking, Surrey eatery with the FBI outside and hovering overhead in a helicopter whilst ‘Don Chef’ stands next to a board declaring: “Dough balls – Not just our crusts are thick.” The image is amusingly captioned: “Relax, Fergie! I’m hiding at the ONE place they’ll never look!”
Prince Andrew The Misical
Television stations, including Channel 4, got in the act also and in December 2022 to promote ‘Prince Andrew: The Musical’ turned up outside the Woking branch with a mobile billboard captioned: “If you miss it, you’d better have a decent alibi.”
Closed temporarily
It seems the visitation and royal patronage of the chain restaurant at 65 – 67 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6LJ didn’t do the business there much good. It is now marked on Google as “temporarily closed” and though no reason as to why this pizzeria where “striped T-shirts toss handmade pizzas in a relaxed space” is given, it is clear that the negative publicity the Duke of York and his antics brought were not exactly a hit in terms of public relations successes.
Prince Harry fancy dress
On 15th September 2015, rival chain Pizza Hut Restaurants tweeted: “Happy Birthday Prince Harry! We recommend a less controversial fancy dress outfit for your do tonight…” clearly mocking the renegade royal rotter having dressed up as a Nazi for a previous fancy dress bash he’d attended.
The segment from the now infamous Emily Maitlis interview in which the Duke of York revealed his belief that he couldn’t have been at Tramp and couldn’t have been at the Kinnerton Street, Belgravia home of Ghislaine Maxwell on the 10th March 2001 because of his supposedly having been told that he was “at home” and at a “children’s party” that day in Woking at “about 4pm or 5pm in the afternoon.” Questioned further, the non-sweating royal added: “Going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do; a very unusual thing for me to do. I’ve only ever been to Woking a couple of times, erm, and I remember it weirdly, distinctly. As soon as somebody reminded me of it, I went: ‘Oh yes, I remember that.’”
In 2022, a poet named Joe Williams penned a verse or two based around Prince Andrew and his ‘Woking alibi.’ He has previously supposedly told “tales about lost love, people in pubs, and the best ways to insult footballers in Spanish” and featured on the BBC and in ‘Viz’ also.
Matthew Steeples
Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.


  1. So, at a time, the world’s economy was deliberately taken down, Pizza Express expanded by 470 outlets???? Hmmm, wonder who they paid off. Anyway to check if it’s really “Temporarily Closed”? I feel curious about the closing and possibly, a deterrent from testifying in court?

    • The total was PRIOR to the lockdowns; many have closed in the time since (the figure for those still open I could not find). For example, Knightsbridge and Whitstable are both gone.

  2. Perhaps Hazza could be a spokesperson for Pizza Express.@ least he would have to to do a little work. Apparently he & the American supermodel Rachel Ragland only work one hour a week. Boy, that hour must be extremely difficult. They’re way too important to do actual work. Poor little fallen moon beams. 🙄😏.

  3. People need to eat even royals. Nothing wrong with a good pizza at a reasonable price.

    What was far more intriguing was the revelation of how Prince Harry met David Sherborne. The Sussexes were in the south of France holidaying with Elton John and the Prince happens to bump into David Sherborne. Poor Prince Harry was set up by his wife and old friend of his Mother Elton John. The wife was angry at Piers Morgan for calling her a liar and not apologising and Elton John was mad because the British courts allowed the media to report on his involvement in an Employment tribunal.

    • The link between David Sherborne and Sir Elton John and David “titleless” Furnish no doubt stems from all manner of matters. They have a lot of mutual friends and move in the same circles of power and wealth. Sir Elton and “Furnitureless” meanwhile are the stooges who pay out for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to hypocritically jet around the planet whilst preaching to others to not travel anywhere. “The Club” strikes again; always helpful to have media playmates like Evgeny Lebedev to help in spinning matters also.

  4. Had he visited pizza express don’t you think it would be headlined? Don’t you think there was cctv in the restaurant?Also sneaky photos from staff .Thing is what can’t a liar do ? Tell the truth


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