Friday, April 29, 2011

A Wedding of Rich People or Doing it Royal Style

Picture from Huffington Post
I did not watch the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Here in Vegas - the unofficial Kingdom of America - it happened like at four in morning and I wasn't really that into it. Quite frankly, I was more interested in the NFL draft.

I'm remember Diana's wedding and that was the last of any kind of marketing-fairytale spin on the dignity and stature of the Royal Family. I'm going to tell you an American secret. The Royal Family - and really English royalty in general is a much bigger deal in the United States than in England. We are totally nuts about it .. the whole idea of it.

I really can't put my finger on why that is, but Americans, in general - have this weird fantasy about kings and queens - dukes, earls, knights. I think it has to do with the mythology and fiction we are exposed to as kids. Just look at where Disney has taken the whole idea of a monarchy.

It's strange and bizarre that with all this American good will toward the royal family, Queen Elizabeth and Charles have been so focused on destroying and alienating that relationship.  Maybe it's jealousy; Diana was  the real royal to us and the Windsor are the impostors. As Americans, we see no reason why the monarchy has to be restricted to a set of families - If it were done here - the process would be a reality show and we'd just vote for the best queen - kind of like RuPaul.

Americans identify with Diana and we just try to forget  Elizabeth and Charles even exist. Really, we can't wait to completely leap-frog over those two and get right on with William. And in our collective mind, Williams will be king because of Diana's DNA not Charles'.

Probably that's why more Americans watched the wedding than the Brits. Williams and Harry are our kind of royals. You could grab a beer with Bill and Harry. With Elizabeth and Charles it would take a week to remove the upidty-mojo stank from your house.

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