1. Did you know that a royal wedding is happening this Saturday, July 2?
2. If you did know, can you name the bride?
I didn’t think so. And that’s my point exactly.
We’ve gone from the biggest royal wedding in history to a royal wedding two months later for which no one is even bothering to purchase new hats. Let’s explore why.
First of all, the wedding in question is that of Prince Albert II of Monaco and former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock. Hmmm, a prince marrying a commoner…this sounds familiar and compelling…so why isn’t it?
Let’s look at the less-than-appetizing facts:
- He’s 53. She’s 33.
- He has already fathered two children out-of-wedlock with two different women; his daughter is 19 and his son is 6.
- Charlene has spent the last four years living in an apartment in Monaco, paid for by the prince. She hasn’t had a job in that time, and seeing as she’s only just learning French, it doesn’t seem like she could have obtained one.
But before I get too critical, let’s not forget that she is going to be a princess. Of MONACO, easily one of the most fabulous areas of the Mediterranean. She’s going to live in a castle, with staff, with nothing more to do than produce an heir and appear at state events. Sounds like a good deal to me.
Oh, and she gets a ring that takes up half her finger:
On second thought, I don’t think I would take all of that if it meant marrying him. No offense, Al.
One advantage Charlene has over Kate is two sisters-in-law to turn to for guidance. Kate married a man with one brother, while Charlene is marrying a man with two sisters, Princess Stephanie (shown below) and Princess Caroline.
One can imagine it would be quite helpful to have a few experienced princesses around to show one the ropes.
Though apparently they haven’t been jumping to serve as fashion advisors, seeing as they are both ill-qualified. I can’t decide who looks worse — Charlene or Princess Stephanie. No, Stephanie definitely looks worse.
Apparently Charlene agrees. In a recent Vogue article, she spoke of this particular fashion misstep (at the 2007 Monaco Red Cross Ball), “Finding my fashion feet has certainly been the biggest challenge,” she says. “I was literally a fish out of water. I thought it was all fun, fun, fun, and didn’t give my outfit any thought. I had been playing beach volleyball all day, painted my nails red, and threw on a dress. I thought I looked great at the time, but looking back, I realize that my debut into Monaco society should have been better executed!”
When she’s that honest with herself, how can you not feel for her?
I am the first to admit that any lady entering the world stage would probably fail in comparison to Kate the Great, but I can’t help but shudder at some of her choices.
Try not to jump back in your chair when you see this pantsuit:
But that’s all behind her now. Soon she’ll be walking down the aisle in Armani. Soon she’ll have designers at her disposal. Soon she’ll be looking back at all of this and laughing over a glass of Veuve Clicquot.
Which leaves me with the final task of watching and evaluating the big day. No matter how Charlene looks, one thing is sure: we know there will be hats. Guests may be pulling them from the back of their closets, but there will be lots of hats.