Why the Fascination with Royalty?

By: Roger Sheppard
By: Roger Sheppard

Two theories about why people are so interested in the "royal birth"

Call me a curmudgeon… but can someone please explain to me what all the fascination is about the new “royal baby” born in England this week? Of course, the baby-watch began the moment that Prince William and Kate Middleton were married two years ago. I’m happy that they’ve been blessed with a healthy baby. We can all rejoice in that. But having said that, can someone PLEASE tell me why people all around the world seem to be so ga-ga over this? Or is it just we Americans? I can understand why Britons are excited about it. After all, it’s their royalty, not ours. And if it helps increase interest in the United Kingdom and therefore boosts tourism there, why not! But as I recall, we cast off that royalty more than 200 years ago. Now, it would appear that many Americans can’t get enough of it. An associate of mine says she believes it stems from the whole Disney princess thing, in which little girls are programmed to love the whole romantic image of kings and queens and princes and princesses. And that fascination appears to continue, even after those little girls grow up. He has a good theory. Here’s another: The baby has been born in the summer of a year in which there is not a Presidential campaign going on here in the U.S. It’s usually during these long, hot days of summer in Washington, that scandals erupt. That’s when the major news media have a lot people on the payroll to cover news there, and there’s not much going on. So, they start digging around and finding all sorts of things they previously may have over-looked. So far, no big scandals. Now, plop in a fairytale story about a handsome young prince, his lovely wife and their new baby boy. Voila! A made-for-summer-TV event. Again, I’m happy for the young family. But I, for one, will remember that royalty, like a porcupine, is best enjoyed from a distance.
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