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Old 07-23-2013, 08:29 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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I can't answer that either. As an American, since I was a very small child, I've been very interested in British history and culture. I can tell you the exact moment it hit me - standing on the beach in Virginia at age 6, looking out across the ocean and realizing, "Some very brave people got on tiny boats and came across this water to a wild, new land."

That's what growing up in the Historic Triangle will do for you, I guess!
Takes different strokes.

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Well, in a country (USA) where people idolize idiotic celebrities (Snooki, Chris Brown, Donald Trump. etc.) and spend sleepless nights wondering what Honey Boo Boo is going to say next or who Kim Kardashian is going to marry next, I think trying to follow the royal family is a step up! Don't bother answering the question; just get amazed at the IQ level of one of the super powers of this century!!!
Yeah...they're no better over there. A glance at what's on offer at any newsagent will quickly settle the question "Are Brits as obsessed with trashy celebrities as Americans are?" YES. OH GOD YES.

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As far as people saying they do not feel sorry for Kate, I haven't heard her asking for sympathy. Far from it. Maybe Diana did because no one really told her what she was getting into. I did feel sorry for her because she was young and really couldn't deal with the royal life.
Let's not shed too many tears for Diana. She was a spoiled, stupid girl who grew up in an aristocratic family and was herself a titled noble when she married Charles. She ran in aristocratic circles and was not unaware of the media scrutiny of the Windsors. Not to speak ill of the dead, but Diana was a consummate drama queen and was emotionally disturbed from day one. Charles never should have married her. (He's no saint either.)

I haven't heard Kate ask for sympathy but she's considerably smarter than Diana was, and doesn't have to blaze the same trail that Diana did. She can look at Diana's time as HRH as a prime example of what not to do. She's much too clever to whine in public.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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In a mere few weeks, the baby should be shooing away poor people.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:05 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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The Brits have plenty of their own idiotic celebrities in addition to the royals.
This is true enough!! lol. I am British and I dont have much interest in the Royals or the fact that a baby has been born, however if I was asked if I would like to keep the monarchy I would have to say yes! In the 21st Century the monarchy is not much more than a 'novelty' or a tourist attraction however it does give us Britains a chance to do the pomp and ceremony stuff, which at the end of the day is a bit of 'fun' in life. The royal family is a bit like a long running soap to, the queen is looked upon by many Britains as a great aunt, I've never met the woman but she kind of feels like that part of the family we all have that we never visit. . I guess also it is nice to see some news on the television that isn't bad for a change!
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I can only speak for myself of course, but as an American, I find the story of William and Kate to be refreshing and positive.

William can't help being born into the Royal family. Even so, he serves his country in the military, and in many ways he and Kate have tried to live as "normal" a life as possible in that capacity. Like other military servicemen, he is gone on duty for weeks at a time, for instance. He takes leave when he can but doesn't ask for special favors when it comes to time off.

He and Kate actually dated, fell in love, and got married (at a mature age) before they got pregnant. That in itself is refreshing, considering that so many people, especially but not limited to celebrities, do the whole thing bass ackwards. In this sense, they are very good role models for people the world over.

They have weathered embarrassing episodes (like the topless photos of Kate taken from an extreme distance) with class and grace, and often self-deprecating and wry humor.

To my knowledge, there hasn't been a single misstep made by this young couple - which is a relief after the ongoing Di Drama and the low class antics of Sarah Ferguson...not to mention the crass behavior of Charles during his marriage to Di. William and Kate have more class and better morals, apparently, than most people in general, and certainly more than most of their family!

I think that's one reason why people are so supportive of them.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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...not to mention the crass behavior of Charles during his marriage to Di...


Methinks you're forgetting the crass behavior of Di during her marriage to Charles...
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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I am interested in British history as well, but can't understand the worshipping of the royalty just because they had the good fortune to be born into it.

News on the new baby is fine, but the media frenzy and over the top gushing that we saw during William and Kate's wedding and now the birth of their baby is just too much. I wish them well, but let's not forget they are only human beings.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill FL
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I think it's refreshing to turn on the news and see the coverage of a baby being born. It's a nice change from all the sad, scary events and nasty political fighting that take up so much of the media's attention. Yaay, a baby!!
Same here. Every time I turn on the news it seems like theres a parent out there either killing or abusing their babies.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Jeez I wish them all well but is nothing else happening on planet earth the last two days
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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Jeez I wish them all well but is nothing else happening on planet earth the last two days
Unfortunately that is he nature of news today. They get hold of a story and then beat it to death.

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Old 07-23-2013, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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Hey breaking news "royal baby burped", followed by first royal flush...'paparazzi in a frenzy', film at 9, 10 & 11.
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