If you’re like me, you probably have had your fill already about the royal wedding. Day after day, insipid article after insipid article tracing the parade route, what Kate bought for the honeymoon, her diet, why Prince William will not be wearing a wedding band, the history of Westminster Abbey, and on and on and on.
I vividly remember when Diana and Charles got married. I admit I got all caught up in the fairy tale nature of it all. How romantic that a young girl could find the prince of their dreams and they could get married and live happily ever after. And we all know how that one turned out. And here we are again, pinning our hopes on romance and getting sucked into wedding fever. Not me this time. Does it mean that I am jaded or just older and wiser?
I have to say there are many factors about this wedding that give me a glimmer of hope that this marriage can have a go of it. I love the fact that the two of them have lived together and had some sort of an extended private life together before they decided to go into the public fray. I like the fact that William was not required to marry an aristocratic virgin. Now there’s an oxymoron if I ever heard one as well as a throw back to the dark ages. I like the fact that it appears that Kate is more mature than Diana was and that she is handling the spotlight with poise. I have to say I really like the fact that William gave Kate his mother’s ring. I think it says something about how much his mother meant and still means to him. So have they learned from the past or are cultural norms more relaxed and they have become much more media savvy?
These people live a life that we cannot even hope to understand, a life of extreme privilege. Can you imagine what it would be like to have someone who everyday squeezes the toothpaste on your toothbrush for you? That’s just humdrum day-to-day life for Prince Charles. Can you imagine having three chauffeurs always at your beckon call? Just humdrum day-to-day life for Queen Elizabeth. Can you imagine having the cobblestones outside of the church were you are to be wed vacuumed? Just humdrum day-to-day life for the royals. So with these types of privileges, what are the rules of the game for royal marriage? Does it mean a stiff upper lip and discretion, or do the normal everyday rules apply?
I would hope for the normal everyday rules, but they do not lead a normal everyday life. So, all I can do is wish William and Kate my best. Their lives will never be the same and although fraught with privilege will be under a constant microscope. I hope they make a go of it, I hope it works, but I just can’t get sucked into it like I did before and I can’t wait until April 30th when we can move on from it all.