There was a bit of a hoo-hah last week on media channels about why the third in line to the throne, little Prince George was wheeled out at Wimbledon wearing a suit and tie when temperatures were soaring. Is this a Royal protocol? Or simply part of his training to get into shape for wearing all sorts of rigs and outfits when everybody else would be quite happy in tee-shirts? I think there’s something in that theory. The Royals must not be seen to sweat, so they are given early lessons with coping with the heat. We got a different glimpse of this when Prince Andrew told Emily Maitlis in his notorious interview about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein that he ‘couldn’t sweat.’ I wonder if this is all part of their breeding. Aristocrats should never sweat. Period.
The problem here is that research shows that if you can’t sweat, you may die. Thanks to studies linked to the effects of climate change on human beings, the following has emerged:
'Our studies on young healthy men and women show that [the] upper environmental limit is even lower than the theorized 35 C. It’s more like a wet-bulb temperature of 31 C (88 F). That would equal 31 C at 100% humidity or 38 C (100 F) at 60% humidity.'
(How hot is too hot for the human body? Our lab found heat + humidity gets dangerous faster than many people realize (theconversation.com))
In other words a temperature of 31 degrees centigrade with humidity at 100% can kill. The body can no longer cool itself by sweating. It overheats.
The Royal family may need to change its attire in the not distant future. As indeed we all will, if we haven’t already.