Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Congratulations but Kate Middleton is no role model for young women

Kate Middleton is no role model for young women in the 21st century. Attractive certainly, and from tonight’s television interview intelligent and charming, and probably decent too but she still hung on eight years while Prince William dithered over tying the knot.
Although well-educated, she never held down a job outside the family orbit all the time she faced being left on the shelf by her indecisive boyfriend.
The speculation is over and Catherine Middleton (as we are being encouraged to call the future Queen) is to marry her prince next year. Now it is too late for her to lead anything approaching a normal life.
The country is badly in need of some good news to distract us from the surgery the Coalition believes is necessary to restore the British economy. A Royal Wedding can’t be beaten for dazzle. Nobody does pageantry better than the Brits. There will be all the excitement about the wedding dress, the bridesmaids, the guests and much else.
But despite the focus on the Royal couple, memories of Princess Diana are bound to stir.
However manipulative her detractors now say she was, it can’t be denied that a young woman left one dysfunctional family to join another where she was shabbily treated. Diana, the people’s princess, was the last opportunity the Royal Family had of playing a central role in the life of the UK.
Constitutionally it was probably for the best that Prince Charles missed this chance and having made an honest woman of his mistress is now relegated to sounding off about modern architecture and farming.
There will be complaints about the burden on taxpayers created by a Royal Wedding but if it is to be done at all, it should be done properly. By next summer we could all be in need of a nationwide party - and an occasion to wish the Royal couple a happy life together.

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