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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson can't work his umbrella and Prince Charles laughs at him: video

Business Insider logo Business Insider 7/29/2021 insider@insider.com (Eliza Relman)
Prince Charles et al. sitting on a bench holding an umbrella: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales looks concerned as British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson's umbrella is blown inside-out at The National Memorial Arboretum on July 28, 2021 in Stafford, England. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images © Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Prince Charles, Prince of Wales looks concerned as British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson's umbrella is blown inside-out at The National Memorial Arboretum on July 28, 2021 in Stafford, England. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson brought some unintended levity to a somber event in Staffordshire.
  • Amid light rainfall, Johnson struggled with his umbrella, which blew inside-out.
  • Prince Charles, seated next to Johnson, laughed along with other high-ranking officials.
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It rains, on average, more than 150 days a year in London. But British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was no match for a light drizzle on Thursday.

The conservative prime minister brought some unintended levity to a somber event on a dreary day in Staffordshire when he publicly wrestled with an umbrella.

Seated next to Prince Charles, who was huddled under a large black umbrella, at a Wednesday ceremony honoring police who've died in the line of duty, Johnson decided he'd follow the prince's lead.

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie holding a umbrella: Samir Hussein/Getty Images © Samir Hussein/Getty Images Samir Hussein/Getty Images After struggling to open his umbrella, the prime minister appeared to think twice and offered the contraption to Home Secretary Priti Patel, seated in the row behind him.

After Patel declined his offer, the umbrella suddenly collapsed. Johnson tried to re-open it only to have it blown inside-out by a gust of wind.

This caught Prince Charles' attention and he, Patel and others began laughing along with Johnson. A guard standing nearby struggled to suppress a smile.

Johnson's battle with the umbrella has been widely ridiculed in the British press. Some have compared him to comedian Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean character, best known for his clueless, bumbling persona.

Boris Johnson et al. sitting in the grass: Prince Charles looked mildly concerned for Johnson before laughing along with the prime minister as he wrestled with the umbrella. Christopher Furlong/Reuters © Christopher Furlong/Reuters Prince Charles looked mildly concerned for Johnson before laughing along with the prime minister as he wrestled with the umbrella. Christopher Furlong/Reuters a man wearing a military uniform and holding a umbrella: Ultimately, Johnson got control of the umbrella. Christopher Furlong/Reuters © Christopher Furlong/Reuters Ultimately, Johnson got control of the umbrella. Christopher Furlong/Reuters
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