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Watching the royals a puzzling pastime
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Forsyth County News

Thank goodness Kate and William finally had the royal baby, Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, so we can all get back to living our non-royal lives.

Are you a royal watcher? Do you love to read about Kate and William and all things British?

Millions of Americans are obsessed with the royals across the pond. The morning “news” shows certainly are.

For so long, it felt like every time I switched on the television someone was talking about when Kate would deliver, would it be a boy or girl, what the baby would be named, how the Queen felt about it all, and of course, what everybody was wearing.

I am not royal obsessed. In fact, we have a policy that if and when royal “news” does come on, the channel must immediately be changed.

Of course, I do remember watching Princess Dianna walk down the aisle and continue on with her Cinderella-esque day when she married Prince Charles back in 1981.

I was in high school at the time, and pretty much all girls (and women I’m sure) were paying attention as the event unfolded.

Except for the fact that Charles could not hold a candle to even the animated version of the prince from Cinderella, most of us girls couldn’t help but watch the ceremony in awe.

Young Princess Diana was so stunningly beautiful and innocent, her future life seemed like it was going to be nothing short of fantastic.

Seeing how her life did unfold was something the media made sure we did see — whether we wanted to or not.

You couldn’t help but tell that the media loved it when things didn’t go well for Diana. The same could be said for her sister-in-law, Sarah Ferguson.

I always privately rooted for those two, thinking the royals didn’t get what they bargained for with either one of them.

When things really took a final turn for the worse and both of their marriages ended in divorce, many Americans (I think) were glad the two might finally have some sort of a “normal” life, where they weren’t expected to be perfect.

When Dianna died tragically in that 1997 car accident, it was hard not to pay attention and feel so sad for those two young boys.

Diana was, by most accounts, a wonderful mother, and it was tragic she didn’t live to see her boys grow up.

By all accounts, the British love the royals and I suppose if we had a monarch and a palace, we would too.

But we have a stately White House that, while beautiful, is a far cry from the ornate Buckingham Palace. Indeed, our founding fathers never wanted our system or buildings to resemble the mother country from which they were trying to break.

I suppose it’s similar to Americans’ obsession with celebrities, another thing I have trouble understanding.

Celebrities, like the royals, are people. They have their flaws, just like the rest of us.

Why people even care what Kim Kardashian thinks (or doesn’t) should not be something we are concerned with.

Yes, sometimes I do watch an entertainment information show. But really, it’s just so I have an idea what culture is up to and how much further it has fallen.

While I am not royal obsessed, I am happy the young couple has a baby boy.

I wonder if Kim Kardashian has sent her well wishes. Just kidding — I don’t care about that at all.

 

Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at contact@adlenrobinson.com.