a royal divide.


the royal couple

Tomorrow, we see the uniting of one Prince William and his fairytale princess-to-be Kate Middleton in the Westminster Abbey, for one of the world’s most talked about events. Rightly so, as our friendly prince is finally wed, sparking remembrance of the beloved Princess Di. But is this holy royal endeavour deserving of society’s constant conversation agendas?

The wedding will play host to 900 guests, all of whom will be searched by security, and will be careful observed and protected by over 5000 police, as well as police helicopters and positioned snipers. Understandable, considering terrorism is a reality now more than ever.

So, as the wedding party are briefed for the chance of a chaos-outbreak, the rest of the world is forced to choose their interest level, and risk being criticised of their decency.

As I watched the Footy Show late last night, I let myself ponder about the overwhelming hype of the wedding that has burst on Australian television in the past week. I continued this whilst Sam Newman took to the streets of Melbourne in response.

“What would you say to Kate if you had the chance?” Newman asks a passing Richmond FC supporter.
“Keep your seatbelt on,” the man replies.

Maybe the talk over the engagement has become so irritating and wasteful to those who are not directly affected or interested in the royal family, that humour is all we are left with when we are asked authentic questions.

In similarity, sufferers of poverty in the UK have been left on the gutters as taxpayers are forced to pay big dollars to hear the words ‘I do’.

One thought that clings to my mind is the haunting memory of Princess Di’s tragic death, that left me as a young child in tears who, to be honest, probably didn’t have a clue who Diana was.

We are all affected by the personal lives of big names, but it is all in moderation. To some extent, we should be allowed to say “I simply don’t care”, without being frowned upon.