Today is the day that Prince William of Wales marries Kate Middleton. I actually had to look up their names in the newspaper in order to write them right and complete. The members of the royal family are not important people in my life and I don’t know much about them. I did however get to know about his marriage. I was obviously not invited but when you look at the newspaper today or open any webpage that writes news and gossip, you see their picture, you read their love story, prophecies for their future and everything that you can imagine is in any way related to their wedding. If you read all of this, you have the feeling that you have been friends with them your whole life and they just forgot to send you an invitation card.
The news even write about how much money they spend on this marriage. More critical papers write that the bank holiday which has been announced for today costs the UK about 5 billion British Pounds or 10 billion US-Dollar, so much money that it badly affects the economy which is just trying to recover from a recession. In my opinion the money they spend on such a big wedding could be much better used for humanity, charity and the sake of the world. And if they did their wedding in a smaller scale, a national holiday would not be necessary.
To be honest, I really don’t understand why this wedding is so big and why media is reporting about it in this way. It is really a personal matter of these two people and maybe their families. Why are these two so important? William because he is the son of a royal family and Kate because he decided to marry her. But really, monarchy is an idea of the past! Why is this a national holiday? Aren’t we all going more and more towards democracy and equality of all people? Maybe for some people in England it really still has an importance but for the majority of people around the world, it is not more than entertainment. Good and exciting entertainment, because it is actually happening in the presence instead of in a movie about some historical wedding, but still not more than that.
With this point of view I actually really pity this young man and young woman. Media is following them everywhere, covering every step and waiting to show something spectacular about them to entertain their country and the whole world. Pressure is on both of them. Don’t make any mistake, don’t say or do anything against protocol or public opinion and hide your private life as much as possible. You have to have the right feelings and express them in the right way. You are a public figure, just like a rock star or a Hollywood actor, although you didn’t choose to be one. You were born into it or you fell in love with someone who is in the limelight. That will be your life, public and visible to everyone for their entertainment.
When I see today’s newspaper and the magazines and papers of the last days and weeks, I have to wonder whether there is nothing more important in this world today than the private life of these two people. Think about it: shouldn’t we wish them the best of luck, let them marry and let them do what they want while we concentrate on our own lives?