Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve had a good weekend. Here are the things that happened in the BRF from the last week that I felt like writing about. Note that I didn’t say the best things or the most covered things. Just the things I want to write about! I’m drunk with power. Here we go.
Prince Charles is promoting a fancy scarf because he’s the Patron for the Campaign for Wool
What a very Prince Charles thing to do. The scarf is pretty cool but costs 150 pounds, aka $260 Canadian.
I went to the Campaign for Wool website (because of course I did). It did not disappoint.
I also found a subsection of the website titled “Some of our favourite sheep 2020”. Behold, or go here if you want some more cute sheep content (#cutesheepcontent).
One of Queen Elizabeth’s last dogs died 😦
His name was Vulcan and he died a few weeks ago. Her Majesty used to breed Corgis, then began breeding Dorgis (Corgi/Dachshund mixes). Vulcan was a Dorgi.
Vulcan was one of the last dogs that QEII will have – a few years ago she decided to stop breeding dogs because she was concerned about who would look after them when she passes away. I believe she only has one dog left, who lives with her at Windsor. RIP Vulcan.
Charles and Camilla are feeling the hate after Season 4 of The Crown
Their office has disabled comments from members of the general public on their tweets and Instagram posts because a whole new generation is learning about how crappy they were to Diana in the 80s and 90s. People my age (Millennials) who actually had friends in their youth and didn’t obsessively watch royal documentaries/own the Elton John Candle in the Wind single on cassette tape are just now learning how Diana was treated by members of the royal family when she married Charles. And because people my age are petty, they started commenting “Diana” over and over under Clarence House’s Instagram and Twitter posts.
Now, listen. Did Charles and Camilla’s actions traumatize Diana? They certainly did. Diana was a lamb sent to the slaughter. She was a 19 year old who basically was asked to enter into an arranged marriage without knowing that it was an arranged marriage and that love really didn’t have anything to do with what was going on. She was pretty and didn’t have enough life experience yet to be an unsuitable match to the future King of England. And Charles and Camilla carrying on with an affair during both of their marriages was awful and Diana didn’t deserve it.
AND ALSO. And also Diana wasn’t perfect. She was impulsive, petulant, petty, and vengeful. She had numerous affairs of her own. She isn’t totally blameless in all of it. But I think it’s fair to say that she was the only one going into the whole situation without really knowing what she was signing up for. Additionally, she’s not around to defend herself, so I totally get why people want to stand up for her.
But I also think that doing it on videos of Camilla advocating for victims of sexual and/or domestic violence isn’t the way to do it. These things are all true at the same time: Charles and Camilla behaved terribly and should have to answer for it; they are definitely soulmates and make each other happy; and Camilla’s philanthropic work is valid and important and shouldn’t be spammed with mentions of her husband’s late ex-wife. It’s not a clear or uncomplicated matter. But the internet is going to internet.
This probably goes without saying, but this new wave of hatred for Charles and Camilla really couldn’t have come at a worse time. It is extremely likely that they will become King and Queen in the next decade (if not sooner) and the monarchy is already on shaky ground to begin with because of the Megxit and, WAY more concerningly, Prince Andrew being a criminal who will hopefully see his day in court eventually. I feel bad for Clarence House staff, who have spent the last 20 years carefully building up the couple’s reputation for it to be smashed into the ground again when they were patting each other on the back.
If you’re wondering what my thoughts on Camilla are, they’re probably too long for this particular blog post. However, I still haven’t forgiven her (or Charles) for outright laughing at an Indigenous throat singer during an official visit to Iqaluit, Nunavut (a territory in northern Canada).
Here’s what I think, and it’s really simple. If your job is to be an ambassador and try to unite cultures and then you’re so immature that you can’t help but laugh at someone else’s culture, you don’t get the job. Period. If you can’t respect someone else’s heritage or culture or traditions, you don’t get to have your face on my money. It’s that simple. Ugh, now I’m mad all over again.
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