I personally think it's disgraceful that this wedding is all over the news in America, when there have been devastating tornadoes that have killed many people in the South--that deserves more coverage than the wedding of two overprivileged young people who have no real political function in the world.
I loved Diana, but William has obviously inherited too much of Charles' personality. He snubbed former UK prime ministers who defended the values that Diana espoused, while inviting former UK PM's who are against everything she stood for. He also invited heads of countries who allow horrible human rights violations (incl. torture) to go on in their nations, yet he didn't even invite President Obama. (Like him or not, he's still the leader of the free world.)
I think William would have become a better person if Diana had lived. Very sad.
Jeez, way to kill the mood.
I think you assume too much about a public persons' personality. What you see is the projected public image. At the end of the day, as much as I respect the late Princess Diana for her contributions to the world in humanitarian acts, I also acknowledge that she is also human. If you're going to paint her as a saint, then you're doing others wrong by projecting a romanticized image of a person, adding to her already over-sensationalized public persona. You don't know William, none of us do. As for who he invites to the wedding --how do you know he had much of a choice in the guest list? Are you that naive? He might have had some control but not complete.
I think your judgement on the nature of Prince William's character is also ridiculous. I don't know if you've lost your mother, but I think insinuating that the loss of a persons' mother has rendered them less of a wonderful person is abysmal and unforgivable --even if it is the internet and you are protected by your anonymity. I know we all honour the idea of "Freedom of speech", but somethings just shouldn't be said --but you seem to like to say them all.
Furthermore, allow me to add that the royal family serves as a reminder to a world that has seemingly lost all sense of the idea of heritage, legacy, culture and graciousness that these virtues are not just applicable to the past. Also, their identities as Royalty play a huge role in the minds of the public --thus is their political power. A visit from Prince William to another country is just as significant in building inter-nation relationships as any other poltician --IN TERMS of what he represents. His political power is the connection he has with the public. I didn't realize I needed to spell that out to you.
Damn, it's like the mood in the thread has just been torched. At the end of the day, this is a great thing! I'm glad for the celebrations! It has been a part of British tradition for hundreds of years and now we all get to enjoy it!Back to joy!
Edited by Spring Sakura, 29 April 2011 - 09:00 AM.