Speculation was growing that illusive graffiti sensation Banksy had ‘outed’ himself today after he claimed responsibility for a video showing a ‘hippy’ throwing ‘drugs’ at Prince Charles.
The footage, shot as Prince Charles visited Glastonbury festival this year, shows a man – – thought to be the elusive artist – disguised as a hippy selling ‘drugs’.
The one minute and 49 second long clip shows the ‘protester’ – dressed in a long wig and pink round glasses – hoisting a wooden placard with ‘Drugs for Sale’ written on it.
Burly security guards do nothing to silence him as he waves his sign in the air and asks a bemused Prince Charles to grow hemp and ”re-hempify” the UK.
He yells: ”Charlie! Charlie! Let’s grow some hemp together. You and me could re-hempify the UK together. Let’s do it man.”
Prince Charles slows down to shake the hands of laughing spectators and takes a good look at the ‘hippy’ who is wearing a colourful shawl, headband and peace symbol necklace.
The ‘hippy’ then shouts ”Charlie, Charlie, have a little taster. Have a taster. Try that and come back to me” as Prince Charles is ushered into a grey 4×4 by stony faced guards.
He throws a small plastic packet, believed to contain hemp, at the car which bounces off the back door window.
Controversial street artist Banksy – whose art has been snapped up by celebrities including Brad Pitt – later posted the video to his YouTube channel, banksyfilm.
He also uploaded the clip, titled ‘Royal Visit, Glastonbury 2010’ to his own website – the way he validates pieces of his work.