ROYAL PAIN IN THE ….

I have a headache. I can’t turn on the TV without semi-hourly updates on apparently one of the burgeoning issues of our time: Kate Middleton’s womb.

Newsroom chiefs are so convinced that we share their pins-and-needles anticipation that they’ve sent their reporters in droves across the pond to watch and wait breathlessly on our behalf. And since nothing happens until it happens, they have ample time to breathlessly speculate on the royalty-in-utero’s name and gender (forgive me, I’ve put the royal carriage before the horse); gender and name. Perhaps the media mavens know the foibles of the public better than I; if so, the irony is, indeed, royal in its proportions.

There is no question we Americans have a penchant for celebrity worship. And I harbor no ill-will toward those that are able to engender wide-eyed adoration in millions of fans who freely choose to share their time and hard-earned greenbacks with them because of their exceptional talent, intellect or beauty. But the Royal Family? They’re granted fame and fortune based on their lineage; no ability or achievement required. The antithesis of the values our nation was founded upon. It’s even more ironic when you think that most of past royalty, when they had actual power, plundered and stole from the hard-working masses—because they could. And we fled them, fought with them and liberated ourselves from them. As an individual, no one can argue that Prince William, who served bravely as an RAF pilot, doesn’t deserve the same respect as anyone who puts himself in harm’s way to help others. But the concept of revering the institution of aristocracy in a meritocracy such as ours reviles me.

Some will say I’m just being an old stick-in-the-mud. This is nothing more than a welcome escape from the harsh realities of a tumultuous world; a real-life fairly tale: Commoner meets her Prince Charming, they fall in love, marry, have a little prince or princess and live happily ever after. After all, modern British royalty no longer have any real political power. They will say I’m no different than the zealots that won’t let their kids trick-or-treat on Halloween because it started out as a pagan holiday.

Maybe I should lighten up.

Then I turn on the TV and this royal headache starts in again.

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One Response to “ROYAL PAIN IN THE ….”

  1. Sue Says:

    answer is simple: don’t turn on the TV!

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