Carol Platt Liebau

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Is it too frivolous to comment on the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles? As an indirect descendent of Wallis Warfield Simpson (through the Warfields of Maryland), I've always had some interest in the workings of the royal family.

Just a couple observations: It seems that the media has made much of the couple confessing their "sins;" but as the story linked above notes, it's a standard part of an Anglican (Episcopal) church service -- at least using the older, more beautiful Rite I order of service. So there really wasn't any emphasis on anyone's adultery -- a sad and wrong chapter that's hopefully been laid closed as of today. It's quite a society where the bride's ex-husband's willing to come to the prayer service . . . (and suggests that the whole concept of "droit du seigneur" is quite alive and well in Merrye Olde Englande).

As for the couple, best wishes to them. I can't help but like Camilla; it's hard to dislike a woman who's been willing to make fun of her own looks -- shows she's got her priorities in the right place and is reasonably secure. I used to like Charles, until he acted pretty churlish in the wake of the 9/11 attacks (I think it's the whole thoroughbred horse connection with the Saudi princes that led him to underestimate the gravity of Wahabbism). Here's hoping he's figured out that Islamofascism is a threat to Britain as well as America.

And here's hoping they both can finally get on with their lives in harmony and happiness.


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