LONDON (Reuters) — The Anglo-American "special relationship" may never be the same again. The teenage daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Britain says she likes the country's sheep, but British boys are for the birds.
Mary-Catherine Lader, 15, put to rest all the cliches about English gentlemen in a scathing article she wrote for the current edition of the society magazine Tatler.
"I love the English countryside, the Scottish Highlands, the Sheep in Wales, and above all else, living in London," she wrote, but British boys are scrawny, pale and unhealthy looking.
"As sexy as I once thought guys with British accents were, their lack of appealing social skills and poor dress sense soon overshadowed their attraction," she wrote.
U.S. ambassador Phil Lader and his family were away, and the U.S. Embassy had no comment on Mary-Catherine Lader's opinions about boys, saying she was a private person.
But the article was widely picked up in the British media, and the cream of British manhood, including some of its newspaper editors, struck back immediately.
Former television star Sid Owen told the Star tabloid: "She sounds like a daddy's girl who needs to get out more."
Lee Latchford of the pop group Steps told the paper that Mary-Catherine "must have had a bad experience with a British boy to put her off them, because she is missing out on the fact that we are the top lovers in the world."
The Mirror columnist Bill Burrows suggested Miss Lader should "pack up her Prada bag, go back to the Land of Jerry Springer and get it on with all the obese cretins and racist red-necks."
The Daily Telegraph recalled the old description of American GIs—"overpaid, overfed, oversexed, and over here," but noted the Americans had never been accused of being over-polite.
The paper also found a 16-year-old English girl, Lauren Sapsted, who had spent three years in the United States and was not turned on by boys whose main activities were binge drinking, fast driving, and "working on their pecs."
"Let me tell you, you either need your head examined or your dad was letting you mix with a pretty naff bunch of kids when you were here," Sapsted said.
Mary-Catherine attends St Paul's girls' school in London and lives with her parents and sister in the official residence, Winfield House. Her father has been ambassador for three years.
She may have some fresh complaints about British boys when she returns to London. The Star tabloid has invited kiss-and-tell stories from her former boyfriends.