I have been wondering the whole day what I should write about on my blog. I have so much to say about everything, but when it comes to writing it down, it all comes to a halt. So I have decided to reflect a bit and try quieting my mind through writing this post.
The newly engaged couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton
So much has happened the past two days that has made me question society, the media, as well as my views and beliefs about all the above. If you follow the news, I’m sure you have heard that Prince William has gotten engaged. Thousands of ladies around the country are heart broken while the general public are so excited that a count down of the day has begun (despite the fact that an official date hasn’t been set yet).
As a relatively new Londoner, I’m not use to the hype surrounding the royal family. Don’t get me wrong, I love History and the monarchy is a massive, massive part of British history, so I understand their importance. But the hype around the news of Prince William and Kate Middleton getting engaged is so over whelming, I can’t help but feel a bit sorry for this couple.
The news of their engagement was announced yesterday morning. By yesterday afternoon, TV channels were already debuting shows such as ‘William and Kate: a Royal Love Story’ and a music selection of the most popular songs for their wedding. I wish I could say I was joking. Obviously the media have been planning this for a long time already…when they found out that William and Kate were dating, did they start with the collage for ‘the royal love story’ programme? Or when exactly did they start putting aside wedding songs for the royal wedding? What is the role of the media in all of this and is it really fair on this couple?
King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson
Looking back in History, the monarchy has always been of public interest. One of the most interesting stories I remember reading about the British monarchy was the relationship between King Edward VIII and American born Wallis Simpson. Edward was a renowned bachelor, until he met and fell in love with Wallis. The problem was that she was a divorcee and this was strongly frowned upon in the 1930s. As a result, the relationship was unpopular amongst the British public. The government told the British tabloids not to refer to the relationship as negotiations to talk Edward out of marrying Wallis were under way. By the end of the negotiations, Edward was given a choice. He could either remain King or if he wanted to marry Wallis, he would have to abdicate the thrown. He chose to abdicate the thrown to marry the woman he loved. There is something very romantic about such a huge gesture!!
Despite not totally understanding all the hype about the royal family, I must admit, I love their role in History. I love the stories that emerge that we can learn from. However I can’t say I like the media’s role so much when dealing with the royal family, but I guess that’s something we all have to live with whether we like it or not.
Until next time,