It Never Rains But It Pours Royal Weddings
Photo: AP Images.
Like a long-running reality franchise suddenly energized by the
addition of a popular new cast member, even third-tier royals
are now automatically news. Hence the framing of today’s
engagement announcement by Princess Eugenie, elder daughter of
Prince Andrew and Fergie.
As ABC News
headlined it: “Another royal is engaged.”
As for Eugenie and Jack, they met on the usual coupling
grounds where wealthy, successful people overlap with
wealthy, royal people: at a ski chalet at Verbier in the
Swiss Alps, roughly seven years ago. She was still at
Newcastle University and he was managing the Tiki-themed
London nightclub called Mahiki, where Princes William and
Harry could be spotted in their club days. It was around the
time that Eugenie and her sister, Princess
Beatrice, received international attention due to a
pair of very silly hats. They are almost single-handedly
responsible for educating Americans on what fascinators are
in the last decade.
And so it comes full circle: Someone Americans know largely for
wearing a spectacular hat to a royal wedding is in the news for
her own royal wedding thanks in no small part to the
attention-generating power of her cousin’s royal wedding.
An interesting thing sticks out from the tabloid write-ups:
“Eugenie showed off her thrifty side by recycling a floral
dress by Erdem she previously wore for a photo shoot with
Harper’s Bazaar in 2016, teamed with Jimmy Choo shoes,”
reported the Daily Mail, while the Daily Express
pointed out that, “HRH Princess Eugenie of York was given a
rare ‘lotus blossom’ sapphire, which an expert has valued at
around £7,000 – modest for a royal ring.” Guess it’s hard out
here for those who aren’t members of the “core” working royal
What’s really exciting here is the potential for the triumphant
return of Fergie to the saga of the royal family, even if it’s
a brief cameo. She’s already on Twitter doing some
very Pinterest mom posts. If we have to live with so
many villains from the 1980s and 1990s knocking around the
American government, let’s please get this entertaining
character back for a bit.