Is that Wills and Kate at the bar at Wollombi Tavern?
Geez, Wills looks a bit worse for wear. Must be drowning his sorrows over his brother doing a runner from the royals and lumping him with some of the blame.
Seems Megs didn't think brother-in-law Wills was welcoming enough. Thing is Megs, that's just the British way. They're fairly stoic people. Not real emotional. Not so touchy-feely like the Americans. Stiff upper lip and all that. Especially the blue bloods.
Harry, though, he's turning the tables on them. He's in therapy over his mum's death and he's telling the world all about it. Which is better than hitting the booze, which Wills appears to be doing in this totally legitimate photo. And is that Kate enabling his drinking? Surely not?
Anyhow, for those who haven't kept up with the latest news about the royals, Wills and Kate are apparently coming Down Under. They're planning to visit bushfire-hit towns.
Wollombi has put its hand up for a right royal visit.
Wollombi Tavern has been wondering on social media whether "the good Dr Jurd's" can lure the royal couple to the tavern.
So what exactly is this Dr Jurd's? Glad you asked. It's a "jungle juice" that's been variously described as a "Hunter Valley icon", "light and fruity port wine with spirit" and "an elephant repellant".
Mel Jurd, born in 1929, invented it. Mel became a legend in Wollombi folklore, most notably for his purchase of the Wollombi Wine Saloon in 1957.
On Christmas night 1959, Mel and his wife Rose threw a large party for friends and relatives. It was a "feast of great magnitude".
In those days, Wollombi had no electricity. Beer and food were kept cool in kerosene refrigerators.
"As the party dwindled, Mel attended as best he could to his publican's duties which included topping up the kero in the fridges. On this occasion, it seems that Mel got his kero confused with his petrol."
Around midnight, the alarm was raised. Mel's swapping of petrol for kero in the fridges had set the saloon on fire.
"Despite the valiant efforts of those who fought the blaze, Mel and his family sat under the big camphor laurel tree outside the courthouse and watched the saloon burn to the ground. The Jurds were homeless.
Everything in the saloon was destroyed. But, as the recent bushfires showed, Wollombi has the Australian spirit.
"Soon all the locals were pitching in, offering help. Timber was being felled and milled as a local builder worked to build the family a new house and bar."
Before long, Mel Jurd was back in business. Being the type to always be looking for ways to make a quid, he came up with the idea of creating his "own special brew" to be sold only at the wine bar.
"A mate of Mel's told him about one of his old bush remedies for a sick tummy - a double nip of port with a nip of brandy."
Mel had heard of similar recipes from troops that served in the tropics during World War II. The soldiers called their concoction "Jungle Juice".
Legend has it that Mel would save all the leftovers from the night before and pour them into a single container.
"Port, brandy, wine, you name it, Mel saved them all and experimented with various brewing techniques. Dr. Jurd's Jungle Juice was created."
Dr Jurd's story is documented in the Gillian James book, The Halcyon Days of Dr Jurd in a Stagnant Backwater.