Prince William and the Two Nations

After all the tragedy and heartache in London over 7/7, at least there is some good news.  Now that Prince William has got his degree at St. Andrews University, he's moving back to London and will set up house with his constant companion Kate Middleton.  So that's all right then.  Of course, this is nothing new.  Princes of the blood have always lain upon a soft pillow, and there is no reason to stop now.  For instance at the turn of the nineteenth century the prince's namesake, the Duke of Clarence (later King William IV), enjoyed the favors of Mrs. Jordan, the greatest comic actress of the day. But when it came time for the Duke to produce an heir, he married a princess and abandoned Mrs. Jordan to a fate worse than death.  It says something about the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie, not to mention the eternal power of an attractive and intelligent young woman, that handicappers say this is unlikely to happen in the case of Kate Middleton and Prince...(Read Full Article)

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