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The Royal Marriage: Ordinary People?

1:07 PM, Apr 20, 2011 • By CHARLOTTE HAYS
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Jerry Seinfeld’s snide remarks on the upcoming royal nuptials have offended the Brits—and me.  Seinfeld thinks that Prince William and Kate aren’t “special people” and that therefore the pageantry surrounding their wedding will consist of “fake outfits, fake phony hats and gowns.” Meanwhile, like-minded executives at NBC have scaled back their coverage of the royal wedding because they find William and Kate are “really boring.” But this, of course, is missing the point.

Kate Middleton

At times like this, one must quote Walter Bagehot: “A princely marriage is the brilliant edition of a universal fact, and, as such, it rivets mankind,” the great authority on the English constitution wrote. Like William’s great-great-grandfather, King George V, who once observed, “After all I am only a very ordinary sort of fellow,” Kate and William are most likely very ordinary people. But that doesn’t matter. In a way, it's the point. Let’s hope that as William and Kate embark on extraordinary lives together, their marriage will be a happy one, and not the deluxe edition of the bad marriage of William’s parents. Unlike Seinfeld, I’ll be riveted. Most of us won’t count it as a mark against them that they are ordinary people.

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