Thursday, November 18, 2010
William and Kate, An Ordinary Couple?
When Prince William's parents got engaged the world was all gaga over the idea that Great Britain's thirty-plus heir to the throne had found himself, Diana Spencer, a beautiful, seemingly innocent bride. Prince Charles' parents were modern enough to give him some choice and not use his marriage as some sort of royal diplomatic alliance. But they weren't modern enough to encourage him to marry the woman he was truly in love with, Camilla.
One of the courses I'm taking in Matan is Megillat Ester by Atara Snowbell. We've been discussing the life of the women in King Achashverosh's "harem." It's important to take ourselves out of modern norms to understand what life was like then. Being chosen as a possible queen or consort for the king was a one-way ticket. The women were captured, enslaved and kept well-oiled, perphumed and "ready" just in case they'd be called for an "audition" in the king's bed. There were hundreds or more competing. Some were never called. If they were lucky, they may find themselves pregnant by the king, but most would never have children.
"Normal" lives? No way, and don't forget that the twentieth century "nuclear family" didn't exist even for the non-royals.
Do they get together for barbeques? I don't know.
I wish them luck. Living in a fishbowl isn't easy.