PRINCE Laurent of Belgium has had his Twitter account deleted, and the speculation is that it’s been deactivated by his brother, King Philippe.
The Prince, 53, has built up a reputation for being a firebrand and it’s understood that he’s had his account removed to stop him making further Twitter blunders.
The action has been taken as a result of Prince Laurent tweeting a picture of himself in full military uniform to his 5,000 followers when he recently attended a celebration marking 90 years since the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army at Beijing’s Brussels based embassy. It was described by one Belgian newspaper as ‘a gaffe too far’.
Prince Laurent has a history of contentious meetings with foreign governments and faces a 10 per cent fine from his €308,000 annual endowment allowance.
His previous freelance diplomacy has included trips to see President Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who, after 16 years in power, refuses to stand down on the grounds that the country cannot afford elections!
He also enjoyed frequent visits to Libya between 2008 and 2010, where he had been hoping to go into business with one of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s sons.
The People’s Liberation Army event may have gone unnoticed but the wayward prince tweeted a picture of himself attending the ceremony at the Chinese embassy in Brussels, leaving the Belgian prime minister with little choice but to act.
The Prince is due to give his side of the Chinese incident to the government in September but the conservative Flemish party, the N-VA, is insisting he face the consequences of his actions.