Wednesday, 17 November 2010
A Royal Engagement
And the newspapers are doing what they do best...whipping everyone up into a frenzy of royal fever, which will reach it's pitch when the wedding takes place in Spring or Summer next year.
Last night, regular programmes were postponed in favour of an interview with the couple, or the story of their romance, etc etc.
I used to be very patriotic...many years ago...but gradually over time I became quite disillusioned by the whole thing. When I was younger the royal family were somehow detached from the rest of us mere mortals. There was a kind of mystery about them, but the subsequent divorces, scandals, and unsavoury antics that were played out in the press for us all to see, showed them to be just the same as the rest of us. Except of course that they are NOT the same. They have wealth and privileges that the majority of us will never experience.
Of course the scandals within the royal family have happened for centuries. We read about them in our history lessons at school. But because it was "history" it somehow (to me) didn't relate to our current royal family.
I will never to this day understand the outpouring of grief at the death and funeral of Diana. How is it possible for people to show such distress at the death of someone they didn't know or had never met? I don't underestimate the good work that she did with the charities she supported. But that was her job. The men in the "family" join the services, but are mostly protected from coming to any real harm. It's what the royals do. There are no other suitable roles for them are there? Apart from taking endless holidays..
I do of course hope that William and Kate have a long and happy marriage. But I wish this for all young couples embarking on a life together. I feel sad for William that he won't have his mother at his wedding. It's sad for any young man in that position.
The press and media will continue to do their job over the next few months. The newspapers will be full of it...it's a distraction from the really important things going on in the world...soldiers dying in pointless wars, acts of terrorism, recession, poverty, etc. Maybe this is what the public want? Who knows?
Judging by many comments from readers to online newspaper reports this morning, we no longer want or need a monarchy in Britain.
What do you think?