A royal circus

So I have managed to so effectively live under my rock that when the news broke of Prince Harry’s wedding with everyone commenting on it I was like …. eh… What?

I don’t follow the royals, I think the last time I consciously noticed anything concerning the British Royal Family was when the first child of Kate and William was born or schooled or whatever… and I had no idea who Meghan was, much less that she was an American actress.

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I have never really been the star-studded type, when asked at school who my favourite actor was I typically just told them what was popular for that stage… ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Heaven forbid a 15-year-old does not have a favourite pop group or drool over Leonardo DiCaprio…. The whole fame and fortune thing never really bothered me more than an awkward teenager trying to fit in!

I remember the one time I got my hands on a couple of Huisgenote (a SA Magazine) and I ended up plastering my walls and cupboards with pictures of everyone I could find on the centre page, just to live up to someone’s Idea of what a teenager must be. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I think out of the 20+ posters I actually only really knew one of them because I saw a movie of them along the line, and if I remember correctly there was a Bay watch Babe on my wall too!ย  >Cringe<

So, jokes aside… I felt a little bit out of the loop with what is happening, so I decided to look up on what is going on.

It started, and then it escalated.

What I wanted to spend a couple of minutes on just to update myself turned into a morbid fascination with paparazzi articles and YouTube videos, in other words, when I switched off my laptop 4 hours afterwards it was with disgust in myself.

I mean there was everything online to find: the “truth” is truly out there… (cue the X-Files music)

This is just a short compilation:

  • Meghan is so serene at the wedding
  • Harry is nervous
  • Their first kiss
  • The beautiful dress
  • Comparison of the dresses between Meghan and Kate
  • Scandal – Meghan did not wear stockings to some or other appearance
  • What Meghan can and cannot do as a royal
  • The queen does not like Meghan
  • Meghan and Kate don’t like each other either
  • The guests had to bring their own food
  • The guests had to stand and eat
  • Meghans family crashed the wedding
  • Meghans brother warning Prince Harry that it’s not too late…
  • Reaction of Harry’s Exes at the wedding. (Now sorry but who invites their ex and what ex actually shows up!!!?)
  • Psychic predicts a baby
  • Psychic predicts a divorce in less than 5 years
  • Psychic predicts that Meghan will bring the royal family to their downfall.
  • All kinds of body language experts deciphering how they feel, what they thought etc.
  • Articles celebrating the first black princess in the royal family (for us South Africans she is coloured but okay, that is a blog for another time๐Ÿคฃ)
  • The wedding being a Hollywood affair – apparently there were critics that found they did not invite enough royal cousins etc.
  • Racist articles
  • Biased articles
  • Conspiracy theories
  • Etc.
  • Etc.

So I finished my exploration in the mud… and I realised a couple of things.

Protective gear is asked for! ๐Ÿ™‚

What gives us the right to judge over others? The tone of the articles did just that… and it was very much in your face.

Yes, their lives are in the public Eye, but it made me think of a another princess who tragically met her end while paparazzi was chasing her down a Parisian tunnel. How soon we forget that because of our morbid fascination with the sensational we caused another person’s death. The paparazzi who did the chasing was our instruments; at the end of the day it is us who support these articles by buying and reading it.

It is the same instance of children watching a bully beating another child to a pulp while filming it. No one does something. Cars slowing down at the scene of an accident with the drivers filming and trying to play spot the amount of blood and guts.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
~ Edmund Burke

It reminded me of the stories I used to read of the Roman circus, slaves, gladiators, lions etc. all bloodily running around for the entertainment of the common folk.

In essence, besides the fact that everything is online now and there are no slaves, gladiators or lions involved what has really changed since then?

My sincere hope is that we as humans can manage to surpass this one day and that a normal girl who embodies the dreams of a 1000 little girls world-wide of becoming a princess, and her prince, may have the happy ever after we all secretly hope for.