I usually like and agree with Slate's take on things, but this time, I think they're way off base. Why should Prince Charles be considered a "hero"? He let his parents bully him into marrying someone he didn't love, out of a sense of tradition. I am sure the pressure on him was intense, but he was the one who refused to really make a choice. If he married Diana, he should have ended it with Camilla. If he wanted to stay with Camilla, he should have stood up to his mother and all the baggage that comes with royalty and not have married Diana. Instead, he behaved like a spolied child who thinks he should be able to have his cake and eat it, too. And for this we are meant to consider him a hero? The wedding setbacks are nothing new, either. Lots of people have had to deal with family disagreements, invited guests that decline to attend, scheduling conflicts, and all manner of other obstacles. I don't get what is supposed to be so special about Charles that we should be holding him in the high esteem one associates with the word hero.
Apr 7, '05
I must be missing something. Because I didn't read where we're supposed to think he's a hero.
I don't come from a monarchy, so it's hard to understand the mindset that gives such priviledge and honor to royals, and not just in Britian, but around the world, including Japan.
I do feel sorry for the guy, being forced into a marriage of convenience and not of love. But he did end the marriage which took guts, and marrying her which also takes guts. But the real reason I feel sorry for him is all the scrutiny and tabloids and the total lack of privacy in his life. I saw one picture years ago of him playing some sport and scratched himself in the company of men, and I thought, poor guy, can't even scratch his balls without a picture being published 10,000 miles away. I recently saw a pic of his youngest son making some sort of "adjustment" down there. You know how men are, especially on a playing field.
But I don't feel too sorry for him, with his future crown and billion dollar inheritence.
Last edit by Tweety on Apr 7, '05
Apr 9, '05
Although I can't get the tampon comment out of my mind. . . hopefully he has had time to rethink that little wish. . . .
Last edit by Spidey's mom on Apr 9, '05