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« on: December 15, 2012, 07:41:06 pm »

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COULD it be long outdated snobbery, coupled with the ingrained hypocrisy which often underpins complaints by the British royal family about so-called media intrusion, that provoked a young woman to kill herself because she was unwittingly ensnared in the Kate Middleton prank call controversy?

To revisit a soundbite from way back in the Charles Haughey era, there is more than the whiff of GUBU – something grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre and unprecedented – about this whole sorry affair.

It's beyond comprehension that this mother of two young children would be pushed into suicide over what was at the end of the day a prank.

There was certainly no malice intended by the Australian disc jockeys, who in a fairly amateur imitation of the Queen's plummy tones asked if they could speak to the mother-to-be. It was a practical joke carried out for a fun slot on an Aussie radio station. That's all. And despite reports to the contrary, no startling confidential information was given away, other than Ms Middleton was suffering from ongoing morning sickness.

Hardly the kind of shocking insider stuff about an expectant mother on which the wheel of history turns.

Yet the very fact that the call was entertained at all obviously caused consternation behind the scenes with the powers that be, even though no harm was done.

A low-key and even good-humoured approach by everybody concerned would have meant the whole matter would have petered out as something of no consequence. But that's not the way the ultra-deferential culture which underpins attitudes to royalty in some quarters of British life actually works.




Kate may be a queen in waiting, but in the meantime there are some in the royal family to whom she physically must bend the knee. According to these revamped precedence rules, when she is not in the presence of her husband she must curtsy to "blood princesses" such as the daughters of Prince Andrew, Beatrice and Eugenie. Bizarrely, when Prince William is with her this stricture does not apply, though she must still curtsy to the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Charles.

 eating cookies  Some reports suggest Prince William is not too happy with the slot in the curtsy hierarchy allocated to his wife, given that the Queen allegedly insists this ritual must also be adhered to, even when all concerned encounter one another in private. The unnecessary tensions all this oneupmanship obviously provokes are certainly not conducive to maintaining warm and friendly relations among the extended family.

We know the Charles and Diana marriage breakdown drama of some years ago cloaked much hypocrisy. Husband and wife publicly played the victim, while behind the scenes a galaxy of spin doctors, PR gurus and assorted influential types anxious to ingratiate themselves with royalty manipulated journalists and, by extension, public opinion for all they were worth.

But could it be that going forward William and Kate should model their public personae on the ever low-key Princess Anne? Despite having had her own marriage problems and other assorted family hassles, she has in her time been a world-class horsewoman and is now a productive farm owner.

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/stiff-royals-should-take-a-leaf-out-of-lowkey-princess-annes-book-3326480.html
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2012, 12:40:36 pm »

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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2012, 01:11:03 am »

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But could it be that going forward William and Kate should model their public personae on the ever low-key Princess Anne? Despite having had her own marriage problems and other assorted family hassles, she has in her time been a world-class horsewoman and is now a productive farm owner.

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/stiff-royals-should-take-a-leaf-out-of-lowkey-princess-annes-book-3326480.html
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Haha very funny yes Lazy would love to be "low-key" please she even hates being in Wales away from the spotlight from the looks of it and Wimpo don't kid yourself he likes the attention too when it suits him but he likes it he's more of a phony than she is _IMO.
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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2012, 05:23:35 pm »

These two are total phony's. It's sad that William has become so disappointing.

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