I know there are plenty of you out there who could not care less about the Royal Family, the Royal Baby, any of it. Move along, I’m sure there are plenty of blogs out there talking about important things. Or silly things. Or interesting things. Something that interests you while this does not.
For anyone that is still here, I have noticed a lot of Charles bashing in the American Press these last few days/weeks. Everyone wants to know if William and Kate will raise Prince George in the method of dear departed Diana, or in the method of evil bad guy Charles, with the majority of support going towards Diana. Of course, Americans prefer Diana. She went against the royalty in so many ways, tried to push back as much as she could, much like the U.S. went against the monarchy back in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. But look at Charles, who I think has more reason than anyone else to go against the monarchy in its traditional rolls, and try to move things forward. In other words, I think that he and Diana were probably more in synch on parenting than anyone would like to admit. Just because they couldn’t get along, that they were so ill suited together he couldn’t even admit to loving her on their honeymoon, doesn’t mean they couldn’t be at least a bit in synch as parents. Charles really just wanted to marry Camilla. Could he? No, she wasn’t a royal. He had to marry Diana, a 19 year old aristocrat he didn’t know that well, and with whom he had little in common. He treated her like crap, from all we’ve seen, and they both suffered mightily. But don’t you think that just maybe, he learned something from all of that? From his affair, and from hers? From the trouble they caused the monarchy? From the pain they caused their families and their children?
I look at William and Kate, and how they dated for something like 10 years. How they lived together before marriage. She’s not a virgin, and didn’t have to pretend to be one. She’s not a royal. They have managed a great deal of privacy throughout the years. They have done their best to make sure they were both ready for the onslaught of public interest that would come with their marriage and kids, before they had them. Seeing the punishing amount of public interest, I cannot imagine treading into such a life lightly. (Hello, people commenting on her figure one day after she gave birth? Asshats.) Somehow, I think that maybe Charles (and who knows, even Elizabeth may have noticed the times they are a changing, and may have been behind some of these changes…I’m not sure they could have happened if she weren’t at least looking the other way) is a fan of these changes. Why would any of us want our children to suffer the same miserable failures that we have suffered?
I give full credit to William, for seeing what happened to his parents and for wanting something different. I give full credit to Diana, for giving a warm, loving face to a monarchy that appeared cold and aloof. But I also give credit to Charles, for seeing what went wrong in his life, and hoping to make it better for his kids.