Royal Weddings and the Wimbledon.
I am not a tennis fan. But I have to admit that I admired the spirit and strength of Czech’s Petra Kvitova in beating former champ Maria Sharapova. I was rooting for Maria but she was just not in her best shape during yesterday’s final match.
After the match, I got to watch the Monaco Royal Wedding of Prince Albert II and now Serene Highness Charlene (Wittscott) in the main courtyard of the Palace in Monte Carlo. The wedding was shown live through CNN.
Still bitten by bug of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine, now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, respectively, I goggled the love story of Prince Albert and his Princess Charlene. Both were married in civil rites last Friday, followed by a Catholic wedding on Saturday.
As it is, the princess bride — who is two decades younger than her 53-year old prince, is radiant in her off-shoulder gown and a long veil by Giorgio Armani. I watched the ceremony with awe but it also came with a realization that royal weddings are not fairytales some of us perceive them to be.
I learned through the web that Princess Charlene reportedly tried to call off the wedding after learning that her husband to be — branded by the press as a playboy — had impregnated a former girlfriend.
Although there were denials, Prince Albert II is said to be facing a paternity suit.
The Princess reportedly bought a one-way ticket back to South Africa, her native home country, but was intercepted along the way. Cold feet?
As in any fairytale, the marriage should be dubbed as “happily ever after” event but I can see it is no fairytale for the one-time Olympic swimmer Charlene from South Africa.
Apart from personal matters, the new couple is faced with bigger responsibilities for the people or “subjects” of Monaco.
The failed marriage of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana also came to my mind.
They maybe regarded “your Royal Highnesses”, and Princes and Princesses but like ordinary folks, I’d like to think that they also face the same problems and the challenge to remain true to their marriage vows as long as they live.
It is no fairytale at all.