1/21/20, Happily Ever After, or…?
The trend in some stores these days is for attentive salespeople to say “How’s your day so far?” It always irritates me, because you know they really don’t care or want to know. How’s my day? I’m always tempted to say something like ‘ let me tell you, I had an argument with one of my children, I scraped my car on the way out of the garage and my husband will have a fit, there’s a leak under the kitchen sink, and the dog threw up all over the new rug. So that’s my day, how’s yours?’ Instead, of course, I just respond “Fine.” So I am tempted to say to you slightly tongue in cheek, “How’s your year so far?” We’re three weeks into it, and mine has been okay so far, but somewhat a mixed bag, like everyone else’s life. Some days are great, and other days are not so great. But 2020 seems pretty decent so far.
I’m pretty much a traditionalist, and enjoy certain fantasies. I’ve always been somewhat intrigued by the British monarchy, all the pomp and ceremony and traditions. There is a fairy tale quality to it, although we’ve all read about the bumps and heartaches in the Royal family, from the tragic death of Diana, leaving her two young sons without a mother, to the romps and romances of various young royals, Prince Charles marrying Camilla counter to their traditions about not marrying divorcees, and his waiting an entire lifetime to become king, and steadfast Queen Elizabeth, 93 now, still on the throne and going strong. It is kind of fascinating, and must interest a lot of people since the Netflix series “The Crown” depicting all those dramas and dramatizing and fictionalizing them, has been hugely successful. It feeds into our Cinderella fantasies, with Cinderella marrying the handsome Prince and “they lived happily ever after”. Although in real life there seems to be a lot less ‘happily ever after’, and as many dramas as we all live with. That was the one thing that stood out to me in the series “The Crown”, the royals seemed so unhappy so much of the time, weren’t able to marry who they wanted to, and were bound by restrictive rules and traditions constantly. It sometimes seems very poignant. So being a prince or princess does not appear to be a guarantee of happiness.
In that vein, I’ve been intrigued by the struggles of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex now, who appear to have caused an earthquake in the royal family, giving up their titles and royal duties, moving to Canada, and breaking with tradition. We’ll never know the inside scoop on that, and only what we’re told in the press, but just from what we do read, it seems safe to assume that it must be a major upheaval, and I wonder what the Queen really does feel about it, to have her grandson break away, and move away, with his wife and infant son, to start a very different life.
As a mother of some young married children, I know it would sadden me if one of my children were to move a continent away, and abandon all of our traditions. In Prince Harry’s case, I am reminded of the late Duke of Windsor, who was briefly king (King Edward), and abdicated and gave up the throne just so he could marry a divorced woman, which was strictly forbidden at the time. I wonder if he thought it was worth it, he always looked sad in photographs from then on, or most of the time. What a huge step that must have been, to give up being king. And since the woman he left everything for was also American, it does remind me of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, although current British laws made it possible for him to marry Meghan, even though she was divorced.
It does seem sad to me, and unfortunate, if he is leaving everything to satisfy his bride. It would seem that if one marries into an institution as established and powerful as the British monarchy, one would expect to live within the restrictions of their rules, rather than fight the system, or break away and leave. It must be a tremendous pull and upheaval for the prince, and every member of his family. I’m sure the adjustment was tremendous for an American wife in that very restricted setting, under constant scrutiny, but it seems sad to me that they are leaving, rather than staying and accepting the structure like the other royals.
Families are not easy even in ordinary circumstances, and must be far more complicated for the royals. I’m sure all of them are impacted by it. Prince William has said publicly how sad he is to see his brother leave. And they must be particularly close, having lost their mother at an early age.
Anyway, no family is exempt from its challenges, and changes. Even the Royals!!! It’s just a little more intriguing when the people involved are wearing a crown!!!
I hope you have fun projects up ahead. I’m busy working on a new book. And my latest book “Moral Compass” is doing really well. I hope you read it soon, and that you love it. And in the meantime, I wish you ‘Happily Ever After’ in all your ventures and romances. And I hope your year so far has been great!!! Have a terrific week!!
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I am intrigued by the Megxit story also. I thought when she and Prince Harry were dating she was trying very hard to look like Wallis Simpson (hair parted down the middle and scalped back). It would be interesting to hear all of this from Prince Harry’s point of view.
I too get annoyed by the “how’s your day going?” fad. And it’s not just salespeople. I work in customer service and my customers will ask me that in the middle of me trying to ring up their purchases (I always want to respond: “I’m trying to concentrate.”)
I, too, have always been intrigued by the royals. As for Prince Harry and Meghan, I’m happy for them! His speech this week addressing their decision (where he said “there was no other option”) was particularly moving. The British press have vilified Meghan and were so blatantly racist toward her and her biracial background, among other things. I was stunned that they were able to get away with some of their headlines at all.
He said it reminds him of his mother and the harassment she endured, and that he would do whatever it takes to protect his family (because he didn’t want a repeat of the past). And for that, I love him more!
Also, he said he didn’t enjoy royal life. His extensive time away in Africa doing philanthropic work and his military service abroad are testaments. (So I don’t agree that he’s doing this to satisfy his bride. Though I’m sure the press wants us to think that!)
Prince Harry is my most favorite royal, breaking the mold in more ways than one. Down to earth, open and forthcoming about his past mental health struggles, and continuously kind. I think they are both examples of how we should take care of ourselves first, instead of doing what is expected of us to please others (as so many of us do).
Cheers to them for their strength to start anew! May we all be that courageous!
Your blog made me curious, so I brought up the subject of Harry and Megan, while I was chatting with a group of Seniors in my community. To my surprise, I was outnumbered!!!They all agreed with their decision to break away and leave their titles and royal duties and move to Canada.
So in this discussion, I found myself with the opposing view point. Danielle I totally agree with your thinking … “staying and accepting the structure like the other royals” and “live within the restrictions of their rules.”
I loved MORAL COMPASS and was pleased that the “fruit of your labor” brought success !!! Looking forward to that new book that you are writing.
God bless you,
It’s kinda funny , your comment on your reaction to the sales people , when my husband gets a call on his cell phone and knowing it’s some sales call so time after time his response to how are you doing today he will start to tell them about his sore back ,his terrible headache ,and so on suddenly click so Danielle , I just finished rereading his bright light , I’m living it with my 57 year old son . The highs are good the lows ???, I’m not complaining at this point I’m kinda numb lol
Oh dear…sometimes men marry the women they marry precisely TO escape.
I just have to Thank you for all your books and teaching me English.
I came in USA from Europe 41 yeas ago. Reading is passion. I read so many classic books from almost all European writers. When I came to USA I was so sad that it was hard for me to understand the book that I tried to read, I cried. Gave up everything my diploma my social life and now books. One day I took my daughter to a children library, and wondered in adult part. I grab the book from the shelf and start reading. It was book written by you, I felt like I can was blind and now I can see. Since then I read almost every of your book. Some I have in a hard cover and same not, whatever I could afford.
Just want to THANK YOU again. Your books are the best gift, life time gift to me.
I am 71 now and still reading and always looking forward for your new book.
Read the novel about King Edward abdicating the throne to marry an American devocee.
I wish I can still get the book for my children to read that story.