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Princess Michael is still pimping her book (The Queen of Four Kingdoms), this time on Canadian TV. In the interview Princess Michael talked about Princess Diana and mentioned William and Kate and the younger royal generation. Her comments have made headlines and people are harping on key phrases without giving the context—because context is boring when a few words can cause an outrage and get people to click on articles. I understand the whole salacious headline to get readership/clicks, but it bugs the crap out of me because people latch onto those headlines and make a big deal out of it when if you read the quotes in context they aren’t that bad (and that goes for a lot of things, not just these Princess Michael quotes). Her comments that are making headlines are about Princess Diana being uneducated and how the older royals are boring. Ugh, I hate to defend her (since I was kind of called out for defending her in the last Princess Michael post I made), but her quotes aren’t really that salacious; they are pretty accurate when read in context.
Let’s start with the Diana quotes. The bit getting play is the comment about Diana being uneducated, but it isn’t so much shade as it is explaining that Diana’s lack of education (and lack of a mother growing up, because Princess Michael mentions that too) made it harder for her to cope with the sudden adulation she received when she married Charles. The quote is: “Like probably many people of little education who find themselves… suddenly lauded by the whole world, it is very difficult if you have not had a mother bringing you up who was quite stern and strict. She did not have a mother bring her up and she did not have much education, so it is much harder to cope with eulogy.”
Let’s get something straight: Diana WAS uneducated. Diana failed her O-levels twice and didn’t have any education past high school. Calling a spade a spade isn’t bad. I realize that Saint Diana is still beloved by a lot of people, but she was uneducated and saying that out loud isn’t wrong. But it’s not even like Princess Michael was calling Diana out for lacking formal education, she was merely stating that lacking a formal education and lacking a strong mother growing up made it difficult for Diana to cope with the fame and praise and stress that came with her marriage.
On the subject of William and Kate, Princess Michael said: “Of course we’re thrilled to have a beautiful young married couple with a baby. Let’s hope there are more marriages soon because I think to have that young generation is terribly good for the people. The people love to see happy young people and I think the older generation are a bit boring for most people.” The part that is getting play is the “the older generation are… boring” part.
Here’s why her quote is perfectly innocuous: She has the “for most people” qualification at the end of the sentence that the papers are leaving out for effect.
You know what, our culture is OBSESSED with youth and values youth above all else (especially for females). So yes, for most people who value youth, the older royals would be boring because the youth-obsessed want pretty young women who wear fancy dresses and want hot young men who, well, are hot. For a culture that values youth, saying that the older generation is a bit boring for most people is completely true.
Back when Diana married Charles, the public was pushing for the Queen to abdicate in favor of Charles, because they wanted a young, sexy couple to be King and Queen. It’s the same thing with the public pushing for Will and Kate to be next in line over Charles—they are young and sexy and Charles is not.
It’s kind of ridiculous/hilarious that people are “outraged” about Princess Michael’s comments. Lady Colin Campbell called the comments, “rubbish”. And Ashley Walton—who wrote a book about Philip—said, “Philip is 93 this year but he is anything but boring. In many ways he and the Queen are far more interesting than the younger royals because of what they have experienced in their long lives.”
What these people fail to realize is that (in my opinion) Princess Michael understands the youth-obsessed culture and is merely commenting based on that. To the general public, Philip is a boring old man. The general public doesn’t give a sh-t what Philip does; they only care about what the young royals do—and not all of the young royals, mainly just Will, Kate and Harry. Will, Kate and Harry sell papers, Philip doesn’t. Princess Michael seems to understand this in a way that royal biographers don’t.
I wasn’t even going to comment on this, but felt like I had to because the headline is completely misleading on purpose and Princess Michael’s quotes are pretty spot on. Part of my purpose for this blog is calling out the press for their ridiculous reporting. Usually that ridiculous reporting centers around the inaccurate sycophancy of Kate Middleton, but the reporting surrounding these Princess Michael quotes is so skewed I had to say something about it.