|04-19-2007, 08:39 PM||#1|
Join Date: May 2005
World's Most Eligible Bachelor?
I'm tired of all that Shooting stuff.
Lets get into some tabloid nonsense again:
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Britain's Prince William has broken up with his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton after a romance conducted under the full glare of the media spotlight.
The Sun newspaper broke the surprise news on Saturday and friends of the second in line to the throne confirmed the tabloid story was correct.
An official spokesman for William, eldest son of the late Princess Diana, said only: "We do not discuss his private life."
Middleton, the eldest child of middle-class entrepreneurs who had won plaudits for her fashionable dress sense and poise, was widely tipped to be Britain's next Queen.
She was pursued everywhere by paparazzi photographers -- as Princess Diana was.
The Sun said that the couple, who met while studying at St Andrews University in Scotland, had reached "an amicable agreement" to end their relationship.
The young couple -- he is 24 and she is 25 -- were seen hugging and kissing during a skiing holiday in Switzerland only last month.
The Sun said their relationship had been strained since William graduated from Sandhurst military academy last December at a ceremony attended by Middleton.
William is pursuing his career as an army officer. His younger brother, Prince Harry, also graduated from Sandhurst and is due to join frontline troops in Iraq next month.
A close friend of the couple told the paper: "As far as Kate is concerned, William simply hasn't been paying her enough attention.
"She is stuck in London while he is living in an officer's mess. Kate feels hugely frustrated that their relationship just seems to be going backwards at a rate of knots."
Last month the Sun published a photo of William with an 18-year-old Brazilian student in a nightclub and said he had invited another girl back to his barracks for a nightcap.
Some commentators said the constant media glare may have become too much for Kate, who filed a harassment complaint with Britain's press watchdog last month.
"This relationship formed in a media-free zone (at university) but of course since then Kate has been under intense pressure from paparazzi photographers," Arthur Edwards, a Sun photographer, told the BBC. "She really was at her wits end."
As students, William and Kate shared a house. From there, romance blossomed. She is widely recognised as being the one who persuaded the prince to stay on and complete his studies.
Royalty-obsessed tabloids were always convinced she would one day be Queen Kate. The royal family had very much accepted her in the inner circle of what they call "The Firm".
Judy Wade, royal correspondent for Hello Magazine, told Reuters: "I am totally shocked. We were all convinced they were going to get married. She and William had so much more in common than Charles and Diana ever did."
"Maybe she realized the awful burden she would have been under. It's a life sentence marrying a royal."
Comparisons with William's late mother, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997, were inevitable.
Diana had been totally unprepared for the media glare and her husband, heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, was reported to have felt he was rushed into their doomed marriage.
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Snobbery is thriving in Britain -- if you believe the upper-class scorn poured on Kate Middleton's mother after Prince William broke up with his middle-class commoner sweetheart.
"This country is riven by the class system. It is more alive than it has ever been," the Daily Mirror's royal correspondent James Whitaker said after the separation was announced at the weekend.
"The problem was the mother. I don't think it was Kate. When she met the queen, Carole Middleton said 'Pleased to meet you' and asked where the toilet was," Whitaker told Reuters.
The genteel would normally say "How do you do?" and talk about going to the lavatory. But Mrs Middleton was said to have committed the ultimate faux pas when invited last December to attend William's graduation ceremony at the elite Sandhurst military academy.
"Nobody could believe it when she chewed gum throughout," Whitaker said. Britain was long renowned for having one of the world's most rigid class systems, but the age of deference has now passed and politicians vie with each other to promote the merits of a classless society.
William and Kate's split showed the other side of the coin. Britain's royalty-obsessed mass-circulation newspapers are awash with speculation about why they separated, and many have focused on Kate's mother -- a former airline stewardess.
Members of William's entourage were said to have complained that Kate was "too common," and to have quipped "doors to manual," airline pilot-style, whenever she appeared.
Bookmakers quickly joined the great debate. Ladbrokes promptly installed the upper-class socialite Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe as 6-1 favorite to marry William.
"A number of socialites will be dusting off their ball gowns and polishing their Pradas now that William is back on the market," Ladbrokes spokesman Nick Weinberg said.
George Bernard Shaw's fictional Professor Henry Higgins, the master of speech and manners who turned Eliza Doolittle into "My Fair Lady," always said you could tell an Englishman's social standing the moment he opened his mouth.
Over half a century ago, Nancy Mitford caused a sensation with her guide to "U," or upper-class, and "Non-U" by listing dozens of instant class indicators in the way people spoke.
Debrett's, the "toff's bible" that guides High Society through the minefield of etiquette, resolutely refused to be sucked into the debate.
"On this occasion, we prefer not to make any comment," a spokeswoman said.
But Daily Mail columnist A.N. Wilson condemned "the unpleasant mockery of Kate Middleton by William's braying friends."
"An extraordinary snobbery still exists around the royals," he complained, saying that Kate's mother "has got more class than these sneering snobs."
Royal biographer Penny Junor said she did not believe snobbery would have been a reason for William to give up Kate.
"I don't think the royal family themselves are that snobbish. But I think William's friends certainly are. His polo-playing set are pretty snobbish," she told Reuters.
|04-20-2007, 11:54 AM||#3|
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Near Glasgow. Scotland
I don't like the royal family. youre rich and treated awsome just cause your married/born to certain people.
The queen doesent even do anything nowadays. Public apperances yeah. But thats it really.
(Of course being scottish its obligatory that I hate the English)
(Thats a joke BTW, please no-one take it seriously)
|04-20-2007, 05:36 PM||#5|
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: A nice little spot in the gutter where I keep my mind
Hehe they'd of had heart attacks if they ever met someone who really had "no class" I come from a family of rednecks...
"Yeah nice to meet ya... where's the toilet I really need to take a-"
"Hey I broke your toilet but it's ok I had some duct tape with me and I fixed it right up for ya."
"Hey were are we goin? I ain' had a chance to talk to 'em yet."
Oh if only I were exaggerating... a few christmases ago we had two birds on the table instead of just one (the usual turkey) I asked what the other one was and I was told.
"It's a goose!"
"A goose? Where did you get a goose?"
"Well it just wandered into the backyard... so I shot it."
I almost asked them if they warned the neighborhood kids not to "wander into the backyard"