A certain Church of England Right Reverend Pete Broadbent apparently has a Facebook account and the silly fellow had the temerity to post an opinion on the British Royal Engagement. Alas for him his opinion was rather far from being politically correct. In fact it was even rather far from kind. Worse, the way it was reported made it sound suspiciously close to sour grapes.
This is a paraphrase of what he allegedly said. Note I’m covering all my bases here. Don’t want either the Right Reverend (and is there such a thing as a Wrong one, I wonder? If there wasn’t, there sure is now) or the Righteous Church of England to come after me with all the weight of their temporal power. They can’t scare me with threats of damnation, but the idea of their attorneys is somewhat daunting.
Not that they read my blog, so it’s all a moot point and I digress. The Right Rev. is reported to have said that he wished there was a party for all the good republicans who were as repulsed as he by the – and I have to quote here, it’s too lovely for words – “nauseating tosh” that is surrounding the Royal Engagement. That comment made the headlines. The rest of it was slightly less highlighted.
He was also reported as saying that he gave the marriage 7 years and that the ignorant media would destroy it; and criticizing the Royal family for its history of broken marriages and hereditary sexist policies. Not so far from the truth, come to think of it. But what’s truth got to do with anything, let’s face it. You might say, but this is the Church, which is supposed to guide its people in the ways of integrity. Well that’s just nauseating tosh and we all know it.
The fellow didn’t just get rapped over the knuckles. He was asked by the Bishop of London to publicly apologize and withdraw himself from public ministry. Presumably until everything dies down or until they chop off his head.
The Right Rev. made a public and awfully brown-nosey apology to the Royal Couple and presumably the world at large. I shouldn’t have done it, he said. But had he changed his opinion? Well, it was an ill-considered thing to do, given Broadbent’s position, and definitely politically incorrect. But the way it was reported made him sound like a petty fool with a chip on his shoulder who just couldn’t help trying to spoil a fairytale romance.
Truth is, I think, he just expressed what probably many of us are thinking. What chance do they have of a happy marriage, really, with all that demonic twisted media attention? And the woman’s got to be sniffing glue to want to marry into that family. I suppose the idea of all that power must be very seductive. Maybe Kate Middleton is strong enough to take it on. I kind of hope she is, I hope it doesn’t destroy her.
I confess, I’ve been enjoying all the romance and the headlines, it makes a break from war, death and destruction, and threats to global survival. But I wonder what it will be like to walk up the aisle knowing that you, your love and romance are already being used as a pawn, and that your most intimate moments are being greedily devoured by millions. And knowing what happened to the last woman who tried it.
So, beautiful and enticing and engaging as the façade of the fairytale romance is, the Rt. Rev Broadbent wasn’t wrong: the reality behind that façade has a dark side to it. Perhaps Kate Middleton will rewrite history. She looks very strong and self-contained, focused, and she comes from a stable family background. A commoner they call her. Perhaps she and Prince William will have a happy and long-lasting marriage. I hope they do and I wish them well.