I met Dr David Starkey, the so-called rudest man in England, at a private view. I can only say that he was faultlessly courteous. We talked for some time about history, which, looking back, was very generous of him, as I was 18 at the time, and knew very little about anything.
I attended a memorial service at which the late Basil Cardinal Hume and the late 5th Earl of Gainsborough were guests, and I spoke to both of them. Lord Gainsborough was dressed very grandly in the robes of what must have been the Order of Malta or of St John, and he spoke only to say, "I'm Gainsborough". Cardinal Hume, on the other hand, was dressed very simply in his monastic habit. He didn't need to introduce himself, as I knew who he was, but he asked me who I was and why I was there, and we had a brief chat. I know that his reputation has suffered more recently, but he seemed to me to be a kind, gentle, and humble man.