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What Is Royal Life Like?

Life's Not Fun For a Royal — Would You Want to Be One Anyway?

Fairy tales teach us that if we're lucky, some day our prince will come and we'll live happily ever after. Whether we like to admit it or not, some of us fantasize about trading places with Kate Middleton who's now the closet thing to a real-life Disney Princess. She'll get to travel around the world, dedicate time to causes and charities she's passionate about, and dress in the finest gowns and jewels. But could these glamorous trappings just cover up the fact that the burdens of royal life outweigh the perks?

A Daily Beast article goes as far as to say Kate soon will be trapped in a royal prison. If Queen Catherine (that's what she's going by officially) has a schedule anything like Queen Elizabeth II, she'll have no free time. At age 83, the Queen had 409 official engagements in 2009. Kate won't be head of state, but her husband will. She can also expect to have everything she does, says, wears, or buys scrutinized, and thus she'll never be able to express a political or otherwise, controversial opinion in public or private (beware the leaks!). It's like being a celebrity, except you can't even ask for privacy or time off because the public duty of being queen never ends. And, of course, her personal life is no longer personal; as The Daily Beast article explains: "She must have at least two healthy photogenic offspring, preferably more, of whom at least one is expected to be male, whom she must try to bring up as normal children even though patently obviously they are not."

It's very unlikely we'll ever have to weigh these pros and cons — but would you want a royal life in your wildest dreams?

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Princess-April-Ann2360057 Princess-April-Ann2360057 4 years
No It is better for me to be an ordinary Commoner lady I rather be a big fan of royalty than be a princess it is not easy for anyone to be a royal. I like whatever God had given me he gave me a normal life I have lot 's of privacy and nobody will bother me.
Princess-April-Ann2360057 Princess-April-Ann2360057 4 years
It would be better to be a commoner I should accept whatever God gave me. It is only a dream which will never come true. My Dad tells me don't over do it being a Princess is not easy.
Princess-April-Ann2360057 Princess-April-Ann2360057 4 years
Yes, I would like to be born a Princess or marry a real life Prince If I can only turn back time.
amber512 amber512 5 years
Oh my gosh, I couldn't want that job any less! I not only need to be able to express myself and my opinions, but in general I like to just chill at home. I would not want to have to go to things I didn't want to! And I need privacy above all else.
Studio16 Studio16 5 years
Yes, and like zeze, I think I'd be pretty good at it! Everyone I went to school with used to say what an awesome First Lady I'd make. I'm just really gregarious and, I don't mean to be boastful, however I will admit that I am very easy to talk to if only because I'm good at starting conversations. Kate won't be doing office work, she'll be traveling and attending charity events. Frankly, that doesn't sound too bad in my opinion. The only thing I wouldn't like about being a princess is the lack of privacy. I crashed my car a couple weeks ago by backing into a parked car. If Kate did something, there'd be pictures everywhere, rumors that she was drunk...basically when you're royal and life's going good, it's really going good, but when you're royal and life's going bad, everything sucks! So I guess I'd want to be a princess as long as I was assured a charmed life. Otherwise, I'd probably crack under the pressure of having to be perfect!
GTCB GTCB 5 years
I'll take my small house over Buckingham Palace and all it's trappings any day.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 5 years
I'd hate to have to produce offspring, but it sounds otherwise acceptable.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 5 years
I wouldn't like it. I like an anonymous life. There is a lot of pressure in that kind of life. Being a princess is far from glamorous.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 5 years
I don't have much interest in the royals in general (even though I'm resigned to the fact that I'm pretty much going to be subject to daily headlines until after this wedding and maybe even longer). I couldn't live my life in any kind of position that would put me under constant scrutiny. I'd rather fly under the radar--make my mistakes, gain and lose weight, dress in sweats, etc--and live without strangers watching and analyzing my every move.
snarkypants snarkypants 5 years
hahahaha zeze, i would love to be queen rania! i have such a girl crush on her. :OOPS:
zeze zeze 5 years
YES! No joke, I think I would be good at it too - mostly the diplomatic/political side, not as much the rich and famous side. Like I wouldn't really want to be a famous celebrity, but a head of state is something totally different, and a royal gets instant credibility and less accountability than an elected official, so it is a perfect position. lol, my dream-life would be to be like Queen Rania of Jordan.
zeze zeze 5 years
YES! No joke, I think I would be good at it too - mostly the diplomatic/political side, not as much the rich and famous side. Like I wouldn't really want to be a famous celebrity, but a head of state is something totally different, and a royal gets instant credibility and less accountability than an elected official, so it is a perfect position. lol, my dream-life would be to be like Queen Rania of Jordan.
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
NoIt all seems really stupid franklyThe hissy fit over Kates mom chewing gum was so over the topReally, that rocks your world?A bit fragileThat movie, "the queen" a few years ago painted them as pretty shallow and distanced from reality.
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
No It all seems really stupid frankly The hissy fit over Kates mom chewing gum was so over the top Really, that rocks your world? A bit fragile That movie, "the queen" a few years ago painted them as pretty shallow and distanced from reality.
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