It has been a big scandal about how this wedding would take place. Beyond the whole adulterous divorcee problem, there is the fact that the couple wanted to marry in a private home, but by law royals have to marry in public so that any member of the realm can object or take notice. Then there was the whole boycotting of the civil ceremony by the Queen. Then the Prince and future Princess Consort had to call her ex-husband and apologize to him for cuckholding him. (By the way, doesn't Princess Consort sound like a fancy way to say "ho"? I'd be a little crabby if I were her.)
Oh. And then the pope died.
I have a love/hate thing with the royals. I love Wills (because you have to love a well-behaved young man like that, plus he's dishy), and Harry, well, he needs a hug and a stiff talking to, but with an older brother who is positively perfect one can hardly blame him for acting up a bit, bless him.
Charles, on the other hand, seems like a jug-eared doofus. Let us for a moment forget his taped conversation longing to be a tampon so he could, um, spend some quality time with Camilla. (In fact, let's forget it forever, because it's absolutely heebie-jeebie-inducing.) Let's just take the dumb stuff he's done since I got here:
- Made public statements about how kids should stop thinking they can do anything, because some people are supposed to be laborers... that's their state in life.
- Remained silent for three days after his youngest son's fancy-dress homage to Hitler. (Even Will made a public statement of responsibility and shame before his father did, and he had finals.)
- See above paragraph about the wedding
- Borrowed against income from one of the counties that support him, amounting to something like £20M in excess income payments over the last few years.
- Just last week, he did a grimace at the camera and bad-mouthed the press, specifically the BBC. During his scheduled interview/photoshoot.
I guess my colonial roots are showing.
Camilla I might actually like if it weren't for the fact that she hasn't really answered for the manipulation of the Diana situation. I liked Diana...she was pretty and friendly and gracious and didn't seem to assume that she was better than everyone else. And no matter how funny, or personable, or warm and easygoing Camilla may be, the thought of her identifying Diana as the perfect virgin bride who would provide an heir AND let Charles continue his ongoing affair is just creepy. It's too bad, really, because they say she's a bit bawdy and loud and tells funny jokes. That's a refreshing add to the royal family not seen since Fergie left.
I will admit that I watched the whole spectacle, and I thoroughly enjoyed the silly hats. If this wedding is any indicator, foliage and goofy feathers are coming in in a BIG way. Perhaps I'll get some peacock feathers and rapeseed flowers and make myself a bonnet. I suppose the bonus to wearing twigs and hay on your head is that people behind you can still see the action. And the wedding did make me long for a pastel suit...perhaps a robin-egg blue one with a bias cut skirt at the knee. Just have to figure out where I'd wear it.
And in the end, I guess that after 30+years of shenanigans and secrecy, Charles and Camilla have probably earned the right to a life together....they must love each other quite a bit to leave such a path of destruction behind them and still be together. I suppose you have to wish them well. And ultimately, it's hard to imagine Camilla could actually bring the royal family down from where they've been lately. Perhaps the wedding will close this chapter and allow them to move on.