Hang on a Mo!

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I thought I'd better watch it because it would be a talking point. But hang on a mo!

Hang on a Mo!

‘It’ll never work, the gulf between the protocol-driven Royals and an American actress is just too great.’ These were the words of my three female co-workers when the prince became romantic with the actress. Women’s intuition! My sister chimed in too, she’s been a royal fan nearly all of her ninety years because our mother before us collected all the books relating to the Royals and read them to us… over and over. So I too have a fair knowledge of them, although I haven’t the same interest in them as my sister or my co-workers. And after all, we’re part of the Commonwealth so why shouldn’t we be interested in the Royal Family?

The couple were interviewed by an American celebrity interviewer who couldn’t be expected to know the protocols of Royal life, therefore she was unable to be balanced in her approach. Mind you, she didn’t seem interested about balance anyway, the whole idea of the interview was to be ‘explosive’. It was surprising that the would-be princess spoke about her naivety, surely she should have been aware that the prince’s previous girlfriends didn’t want a bar of Royal life because they were British and understood the constrains of Royal life. However, the couple are now happily ensconced in a posh home in the US, are financially (very) secure, and apparently living their lives they want. So what are their motives for raking the embers to start a bushfire?

I know there’s a science to genetics, but I didn’t exactly follow the science because I was in too much of a hurry. For a while, I farmed shorthorn cattle when sometimes a calf would be born with vaguely blue colouring. Not really blue, but the black on white gave the calf the appearance of being blue, so I decided to breed a line of blue shorthorns. I failed pretty much, but nevertheless, at calving time I was excited to see what colour the calf was after nine months of speculation. When I say I failed, I only failed with the colour, they were still very robust and valuable animals. And my sheep. Every now and again, despite having a white ram and a white ewe, occasionally a black lamb would turn up. I usually gave the black lambs to my neighbour because he was into breeding coloured sheep, and during over-the-fence yarns, we would speculate what colour the progeny would be from the variously coloured ewes. The simple wonders of nature.

The reaction by the interviewer when the would-be princess alleged someone had speculated about the colour of her unborn, was an outraged, ‘Whaat?’ To me, her body language made me suspect the interview might have been rehearsed… but anyway rehearsed or not there’s been an ‘up and arms’ call of racism over the interviewed couple’s telling of what happened. Some commentators don’t reckon that curiosity is enough of an excuse for speculating on the child’s likely colour. Well, I didn’t speculate because I wasn’t interested, but had I thought of it I’d have speculated too. It’s simply interesting to see what the gene mix might create… Come to think of it, since we’re talking about genes, because the prince has that Scottish-tinge to his hair and whiskers, it’ll be interesting to see if the child carries many of those genes. I’d be curious about it if he’d married someone from Scandinavia or from the Pacific. Sure, words can be used in a derogatory way, which can be damaging so should never be condoned, but we weren’t told how the words were used or who said them, which leaves us worrying about the mental health of members of the Royal family who didn’t say the words, yet are having the finger pointed at them!

But I think I heard a little porky… the would-be princess shocked the interviewer again by saying she had to Google how to curtsy and that she didn’t know the Royal protocols. But here, down under I recall a news bulletin which told us the Queen had sent one of her senior staff members to the prince’s new girlfriend to teach her those awkward protocols. Thoughtfulness on the Queen’s part, but no credit given.

I’ll admit I’ve hardly seen what the interviewer has done to amass her fortune, but from what I understand she interviews people who are prepared to air their personal and family grievances or other troubles for all of America to witness and the audience or perhaps the whole of country might make judgements. Is it fair to say, ‘mainly women’? If that’s the way problems are solved in America, that’s fine, but it’s not necessarily so elsewhere in the world.  To her the couple allege by inference, an element of poverty when the King-in-waiting ‘cut the prince off’ financially, and the country stopped paying for their security. The man is 36 years old, with a handy few million in the bank! How many thirty six-year-olds still cling to the coat tails of their father for financial support? In the real world, you quit your job, you’re no longer paid. There are no free lunches.

I’m happy to live in a Commonwealth country. The Queen has dedicated her life to the two and a half billion people within the Commonwealth, a Commonwealth which ‘aims to strengthen governance, build inclusive institutions and promote justice and human rights. The Commonwealth helps to grow economies and boosts trade, empowers young people, and addresses threats such as climate change, debt and inequality’. Those are pretty desirable goals, so why on Earth is this young couple seeking to tear it apart? Without the Royal family, the Commonwealth would disintegrate because there’s no way politicians could hold it together.


Submitted: March 12, 2021

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