SIR Bob Geldof is still shamed of his first meeting with future British king, PRINCE WILLIAM - he told him to "shut up".

The former BOOMTOWN RATS singer was discussing the problems affecting Africa with Prince Charles at Kensington Palace 20-years ago (85) when a four-year-old William burst into the room and was taken aback by Geldof's unkempt appearance.

The prince exclaimed, "He's all dirty. He's got scruffy hair and wet shoes."

Geldof refused to stand on ceremony, retorting, "Shut up, you horrible boy."

18/02/2005 14:02