A pub in Derby has banned all discussion of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this Saturday.

 

 

Anna Dyson-Edge, publican of the Alexandra Hotel, has even got a charity tin to shake at customers if the wedding is mentioned.

Anna and her husband Raif undertook a similar ban for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011 which managed to raise several hundred pounds for charity from dissenting customers.

The pub has had the ban in place since the engagement was announced last year and Anna said she made the move for her regulars to have a place to come where they didn’t have to hear about it.

She told the BBC: “It's everywhere, it's all over the papers, everywhere you look, television, everywhere is full of it, and people just want somewhere to come where there's nothing about it.

"If you talk about it you will get the charity box shook at you. Flout the rules and this is what you get."

Anna plans to send proceeds from those flouting the ban to the Macmillan unit at the Royal Derby Hospital, which is where her grandmother died in 2011.