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I Do Not Believe in Royalty – Apologies to the Duchess of Cambridge

I Do Not Believe in RoyaltyWhile “the world” was “rejoicing” over the birth of a new heir to the British throne yesterday, we were celebrating the 26th birthday of our oldest princess (and also brain), Jessica.

While “everyone” on planet earth was aghast at the “news” that “Kate and Wills will change their own baby’s nappy,” I was aghast that anyone — at least any Americans — cared.

As a clever Facebook image noted:

We fought for independence…so we wouldn’t have to care about the royal baby.

I lived in England for a short stint while my dad was on sabbatical. We lived on Grove Lane in Leeds. It was the height of Diana mania, since she had wed Charles the Adulterous Crumb Bum two years prior and was in the midst of charming the kecks off the royal watchers of the world.

The biggest chunk of culture shock I experienced came from the caste system evidenced at every turn and how few of the young adults my age (I was 19) had aspirations beyond the status quo.

Now, it’s true that my four princesses and two princes (who, for the record, share equal rights to the throne and treasure), don’t have billions of dollars at their disposal, taxpayer funding, palaces, servants, titles, or a courtyard of nurses (to, I suppose, watch Kate and Wills change the nappy, dispose of the nappy, and sanitize the royal hands). It’s true they won’t have multiple homes or a million dollar nursery and wardrobe. It’s also true that there will be no bowing or waiting with bated breath to fulfill their every desire.

But the very premise of the American dream is that we are all created equal. Blood lines mean nothing. Genetics don’t determine destiny. Our rights are given by God, not by men and not by our parents privilege or position.

Absolutely, the royal boy is amazing. But no more amazing than every other boy and girl born on July 22, 2013.

So go ahead and celebrate. Peer over the wall, past the guards, through the gate — just to get a glimpse of the monarchical tot. Try to see if you can identify the elites behind the fascinators. See if you can get a photo. Write it in your journal. Buy a commemorative mug.

I’ll be looking around my house, in my neighborhood, and down the block. And I’ll see children just as royally awesome.

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  • Lisa July 23, 2013, 11:37 am

    Thanks for this post! I traveled abroad to England in college. But I agree. Each child is royalty! I hope this little boy can happy a happy life, even if it is in the spot light.
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  • Pardonmoi July 23, 2013, 1:36 pm

    Can’t agree more. I feel the same about celebrities.

  • Oregonian July 23, 2013, 1:42 pm

    royal pains in the ass. end.

  • Holly Waterfall July 23, 2013, 11:28 pm

    SOOO true. They’re just people like you and me. I don’t understand the big deal. I don’t care about the hype. Thank you for standing out in a crowd of Royal Baby Lovin’ Folks… it’s nice to hear someone voice an opinion these days.
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  • Alison Moore Smith July 24, 2013, 12:31 pm

    Lisa, there are fascinating things about England, the history, the AGE of so many things, etc. But the bowing and scraping and condescension is just so far from my American roots! It unnerves me.

    Pardonmoi, I’m with you celebrities. If one of my kids ever, EVER got crazy about a singer, athlete, or movie star, we would have a serious sit down prioritization. There is so little to really admire on most counts. So many real people to emulate!
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  • Kevin August 23, 2013, 1:06 am

    Very interesting post. Can’t agree more.

  • Hal August 23, 2013, 9:13 am

    Can I give a really loud AMEN! These people need to have more faith and confidence in their own abilities. These “royal” people were born just as naked as everyone else. I have yet to see a baby come out of his mother’s womb wearing a crown. The problem doesn’t just lie with the royalty in other countries, but also with the “royalty” in our country. They don’t wear crowns in our country, they just live in Hollywood. People need to stop worshipping them.

  • Alison Moore Smith August 23, 2013, 9:56 am

    Oh, Hal. You’ve hit the nail right on the head. Actors, singers, athletes. How in the world did these positions get so elevated? What a sad statement on our culture!
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