New Times: You once said that America is going to be the next Australia. What do you love about Americans?
Dame Edna: I have no difficulty in communicating with them. Americans know I'm not talking down to them. I can meet them on a level of equality. There is something slightly, well, Floridian about the way I dress. When I went to Palm Beach, the women in the audience were exactly the same as me, except not as well-dressed.
Have you ever been to Miami Beach?
I've been there privately because my son [and frock designer] Kenny, who really pioneered Art Deco in Australia, is very interested in, well, South Beach and that area. In fact he has a lot of friends who live there and in the Keys.
Would you ever consider doing a reality show like the Osbournes and Anna Nicole Smith?
Well, if I was desperate, I would. But I think people love me for my mystery. I've always managed to keep that in spite of the fact that I'm a very public figure. And people always feel, we know her and yet do we know her?
What's the best advice you've given the British royals?
Don't take yourself too seriously. The queen has a sense of humor but it's very, very submerged. She only has a very limited range of expressions and not all of them are very cheerful.
Speaking of the queen, can you explain why she carries her purse everywhere?
Well, it's a computer. It's a very, very elaborate device really. It's self-destructing.
So there's a button in there?
And there's a laser. She can slice you to bits.