A joy­ous day, but Charles is right: It’s time to trim down the monar­chy

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THE sun was shin­ing, her dress was pretty, the Royal Fam­ily and her celebrity friends turned out in force. with a pea­cock-proud dad and an anx­ious Fergie in lurid pea- soup green, it was nigh-on a per­fect day for Princess Eu­ge­nie to marry her beau.

Yes, the buf­fet­ing wind dis­rupted pro­ceed­ings, but the grand set­ting, glo­ri­ous mu­sic and the cou­ple’s ob­vi­ous love for each other en­sured a mov­ing and mem­o­rable cer­e­mony.

Yet I found this royal fairy tale ever so slightly dis­qui­et­ing: the grandiose scale of the event was out of all pro­por­tion to the mar­riage of, let’s face it, a mi­nor royal.

And I wasn’t the only one. It’s true, thou­sands of or­di­nary folk ap­plied for tick­ets to watch pro­ceed­ings in­side wind­sor Cas­tle. But in con­trast to Harry and Meghan’s sum­mer wed­ding where views from the street were also at a pre­mium, just one per­son camped out overnight. It seemed as if there were more po­lice than well-wish­ers.

And this de­spite Prince Andrew’s at­tempt to build in­ter­est by re­leas­ing un­seen pic­tures of the cou­ple as chil­dren in the run-up.

An in­ter­view with ITV’s Ea­monn Holmes and Ruth Langs­ford fol­lowed on the eve of the wed­ding dur­ing which Eu­ge­nie re­called how she and for­mer night­club man­ager Jack met.

It was love at first sight. ‘I want to run down the aisle to marry him,’ she said. Clearly Eu­ge­nie is a nice girl and by all ac­counts she’s very pop­u­lar. But with all this razzmatazz, she did her­self few favours.

There were so many celebri­ties — some of them more fa­mous for their al­co­hol and drug habits than any­thing else — that at times the bride

MUCH as I ad­mire Me­la­nia Trump, was she wise to claim on Good Morn­ing Amer­ica that she felt she was ‘the most bul­lied per­son in the world’ be­cause she’s ‘chron­i­cally’ ha­rassed on­line? Hav­ing been sto­ically mar­ried to Don­ald Trump for 13 years, she must be im­per­vi­ous to bul­ly­ing.

was in dan­ger of be­ing eclipsed. we had the un­nerv­ing sight on TV, for ex­am­ple, of kate Moss gurn­ing away in the front row, just feet be­hind the bride as she was tak­ing her vows. And what on earth was Demi Moore do­ing there? Look­ing for a new hus­band?

This Hol­ly­wood­i­s­a­tion of the Royal Fam­ily de­stroys their mys­tique and is deeply uned­i­fy­ing — as well as ill-ad­vised.

Talk­ing of ad­vice, who al­lowed sis­ter Beatrice to do a read­ing com­par­ing her brother- in- law with Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzger­ald’s reck­less boot­leg­ger . . . who got mur­dered?

It’s not Eu­ge­nie’s fault — the wed­ding was clearly hi­jacked by her sear­ingly am­bi­tious par­ents.

The re­sult was a self-pro­mot­ing shindig that di­vided the na­tion — be­tween those who didn’t give a damn and those who were ap­palled that tax­pay­ers had to stump up £2 mil­lion for se­cu­rity.

Camilla did not at­tend, cit­ing a prior en­gage­ment vis­it­ing school­child­ren in Scot­land, as you do. no doubt she’s al­ready re­mind­ing Charles of his prom­ise to slim-down the monar­chy, do­ing away with the trap­pings and ex­trav­a­gances of mi­nor roy­als.

I wish the loved-up cou­ple ev­ery happiness, but af­ter yes­ter­day’s event Prince Charles’s plans can’t come soon enough.

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