I know everyone is hyped about the royal wedding. I know the nation waits on tenterhooks to find out what Kate’s going to wear.?Will it be a classy affair??Who’s going to be there??The list of unanswered questions goes on and on and on, and I can honestly say, without  a shred of doubt, that I couldn't care less.


 

I know everyone is hyped about the royal wedding. I know the nation waits on tenterhooks to find out what Kate’s going to wear.?Will it be a classy affair??Who’s going to be there??The list of unanswered questions goes on and on and on, and I can honestly say, without a shred of doubt, that I couldn't care less.


I’m British. A London Limey, if you will, and this event that has taken so many countries by storm holds absolutely no appeal for me. In fact, I find it rather odd how many people this is touching.


Americans are waking up at 4 a.m. to see someone they don’t know get married. People from all over the world are waking up to do this. I can’t be the only person who finds that odd.


I’m not sure what is making people so Kate and William crazy. Is it simply because celebrity has become so commonplace??Have we honestly started investing so much of our time and energy wondering what “they” are up to, rather than what’s going on in our own backyards?


I know that America has always had a soft spot for Princess Diana. I, too, think she was one heck of a lady. In fact, when she died, I went out onto the streets of London and watched as her hearse passed through Finchley. I bowed my head along with my fellow countrymen and women, and I said my farewells.


Isn’t that the same thing, you may ask??I set out to watch a monumental event, you may say. No, it isn’t the same thing at all.


I went because I was there. I went because a country was asked to. A woman who gave all of herself so that others could live better lives died, and mourning that as a nation, or all nations together, seemed important. The fact that her son and his girlfriend a tying the knot just doesn’t seem to have the same prominence.


I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a royalist. I do think that the royal family do a lot of good charity-wise, but they really hold no importance to me as a Brit. I mean, there’s only so many times the English should be forced to read about how much wallpaper is costing taxpayers in the ante-room of Windsor Castle.?Trust me, the awe of the royal family loses a little something after that.


I’m not saying don’t watch it. I’m not even saying don’t get caught up in all of the fairy tale sweetness of the moment. I’m simply saying that I don’t understand it.


To me, the reality we live in, the everyday events that matter to those around us, should be more important than letting the events of people we do not know encompass our lives.


So while you are all up at 4 a.m., or before to make a spot of tea, and get out your royal wedding watching finery, I shall be asleep. I have to be at work at 8 a.m.


That’s my reality.


Charlotte Guedry writes for the Weekly Citizen in Gonzales, La.