My neighbor was born in England. Though he has lived most of his adult life in the United States, mainly Florida, he maintains that he remains "up" on England's traditions and protocol.
We have a steak dinner riding on two answers:
Princess Diana's first son is named William Arthur Philip Louis. He is always referred to as Prince William.
Her second son is named Henry Charles Albert David. He is referred to as Prince Harry.
My neighbor says that the news media is wrong, that protocol dictates that he be referred to as Prince Henry. Calling him Prince Harry, he says, is incorrect.
Regarding the driver of the car in which Princess Diana died, my neighbor says that, even if a person is a non-drinker, the body produces alcohol after death that will show that the person in fact was drinking/under the influence depending on the amount of time that passes after death before the test is performed.
He says that, if you have a blood alcohol level of .04 on the date of death, and the blood is again drawn three days later, the blood alcohol level will be much higher. I do not believe that this can be true.
Please resolve these questions. I would like for him to chew on your answers along with the steak dinner. Maddie Hall
Response: The final score is a tie! You each basically had one correct answer. Perhaps you can both enjoy the steak dinner.
While it is true that the youngest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana was christened Henry, he has come to be known by its diminutive, or Prince Harry, according to the British Embassy in Washington. On formal occasions, such as a marriage ceremony, or in formal documentation, he would properly be referred to as Prince Henry. Were he to become king, he would officially be King Henry, but for popular purposes, and that includes references to him in the press, the embassy says it is acceptable to call him Prince Harry.
For an answer to your question about post-mortem blood alcohol levels, we turned to Ron Bell, chief toxicologist at the Pinellas-Pasco medical examiner's office.
Bell said that it is possible, in certain circumstances, for the alcohol concentration in blood to increase after death. Certain types of bacteria can ferment sugar to alcohol, he said. If one of these types of bacteria is present, a result of this fermentation process is an increase in the blood alcohol level. Bell likened this to the yeast fermentation process of wine-making.
The blood alcohol level is typically measured in post mortem cases, Bell said. At the same time, the vitreous fluid behind the eye is also checked.
Unless trauma has occurred to the eye, the vitreous fluid is contained within an enclosed, sterile environment and is therefore itself sterile. Alcohol levels in the blood and vitreous fluid are usually very close.
Small discrepancies can occur depending on how soon before death alcohol is consumed, but a blood alcohol level that is significantly higher than the alcohol level of the vitreous fluid is a strong indication that the fermentation process occurred after death, he said.
According to Bell, these differences are primarily seen in bodies that are brought in some time after death. With accident cases, tests are generally conducted before sufficient time has elapsed for fermentation to take place.
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