How many of you watched the wedding of HRH Prince William and (then) Catherine Middleton in April 2011? Go on, hands up? Heaps of you. How many of you saw honeymoon pics? Hands down. None of you did because the press were politely told to leave them alone. The press seemed to surprisingly agree. However, 15 months later, the gloves are off and pictures of Wills & Kate on their honeymoon are being published this week. In their togs, on a private beach, on a seemingly private island.
Not sure how many of you are into Woman’s Day or New Idea. They’re the magazines I grew up reading (only after Mum had read them first) and clearly still add some value to the market if they’re still going in this current magazine climate.
Well, Woman’s Day seem to have landed the photo opportunity of the year, in “exclusively” publishing pictures of the Duke & Duchess on their honeymoon. How lovely.
We’re not republishing the pictures here as I am quite horrified at the publishing of the photos. I am guilty of glimpsing at the pictures on the internet upon news of their publication reaching me. What I saw made me feel quite ill. I wish I hadn’t looked. Two people who have always tried to maintain the privacy Diana shunned, exposed, on the front cover of a magazine. In their togs on their freaking honeymoon!
Why? Why now? They have been married 15 months already. Why couldn’t the press have just left them alone on their honeymoon to cavort around in their togs and have a lovely time, free from all the pressure they would have been under in the lead up to the wedding.
The Duke & Duchess are not celebrities. People love them. I love them. However, they do not make their living by being “famous”. They do not court the press and they do not seek them out. They will live the rest of their lives dedicated to the service of Britain and the Commonwealth.
His fame comes as a consequence of being born royal, hers, marrying a man who is a royal. They are NOT fair game like Hollywood stars. It diminishes the respect for the royal family, the Queen & their subjects when they are hounded by the press like celebrities.
Whose fault is this? Well, Diana’s to be quite honest. She took hold of this celebrity obsessed culture, manipulated and used it for all it was worth. She helped create this never ending pursuit by the press of the young royals. Sure, modern technology has helped but it was Diana’s piercing of the veil between the monarchy and the public which made her children fair game. Let’s be clear – Diana courted the press – the Duke and Duchess do not.
I am guilty of reading about the Duchess online regularly. However, most of articles I read are in relation to her charity work and public appearances, where she goes knowing that the press will be there. Taking (and then publishing) candid photos of them on their honeymoon is not the same. It is sneaky, deceptive and leaves a really bad taste is my mouth. Shame on you, Woman’s Day. I am disappointed.
What about you? Have you seen the pictures? What did you think? Do you think the royals should be left alone by the media?
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