All is Well as Long as You have a Royal Title that is
One cannot help but notice the fervor brought on by Prince William and the future Princess Kate’s wedding. In fact this may be the social event of this century, yet, I can’t help but wonder what if you strip this couple of their titles; wouldn’t this make them nothing more than your typical couple with all the ups and downs of a normal romance.
I read an article in Vanity Fair Magazine (excellent article by the way) titled:”Wills and the Real Girl” and another article in another issue of Vanity Fair (another excellent read) titled:”Meet the Parents”. I found both articles to be very interesting and informative on the matters of royal romance and dealing with the new in laws. I also realized that when one is a blue blood, one is treated so very differently from the rest of us, especially by the press.
The wording alone isn’t the only difference. There are things in this relationship that are acceptable by today’s standard that were considered unacceptable when Princess Diana married Prince Charles. Princess Diana’s virginity was checked by a physician and she had to jump through so many hoops to be able to be joined with the prince and this took place only thirty years ago.
Yet, in today’s world it seems from what I read, Prince William lived together with Kate, so I don’t think there’s any reason to do any virginity checkups. How they met has also caused a stir among some traditionalists. Meeting your future princess on a runway while modeling underwear is not considered typical of a future princess, what can I say; I guess Prince William is not your typical prince. I probably could go on, and on contrasting the difference between then and now, but why bother.
Although I have observed, with all the contrasts between Kate and Princess Diana, I do have to say Kate is a very pretty woman; after all, she did steal the Prince’s heart on a runway. Kate also has had the opportunity to be more honest than Princess Diana had. Thanks to all the mistakes that were committed with the late princess, Kate may have an easier transition into royal life than Diana did.
Don’t get me wrong, I wish Prince William and the future princess the best and all the happiness that life can give them. It’s just that the only thing that separates this couple from any other couple of today is that he is royalty. Before certain behaviors were expected of those holding royal titles for which most are no longer held accountable for. The press does mention repeatedly that she is from a middle class family and from what I read she is a commoner. Yet, this is what I find least objectionable; it seems it’s all about money and social standing. Times are changing, aren’t they?
Despite all the contrasts, this Friday we should all expect to experience a very momentous occasion which most of the world will view by television and then there are those, who will get to experience the royal nuptials, right there in the presence of their royal highnesses. This will not only be a momentous occasion, but a very costly one as well. I even read one tabloid stating that the wedding bill may total around twenty billion dollars, which I think is an outrageous exaggeration. Never the less, it will cost the United Kingdom a lot of money. Then there’s the entire consensus regarding the future princess transport, not to mention her dress and everything else that is part of a royal wedding.
I can only wish these two lovebirds the best, and that they are able to take on the challenges, hurdles and expectations that are very much a part of royal life. As it says in the lyrics to the famous Carpenter’s song “We’ve only Just Begun”:
We've only just begun to live
White lace and promises
A kiss for luck and we're on our way
We've only begun
Before the risin' sun, we fly
So many roads to choose
We'll start out walkin' and learn to run
And yes, we've just begun
Sharing horizons that are new to us
Watching the signs along the way
Talkin' it over, just the two of us
Workin' together day to day, together
Married life is full of surprises, it is my wish that both Princes William and Kate do find happiness together.