The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George in Canberra
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George in Canberra
 

I’m not an overtly staunch Royalist, but I do think, as many fence sitters do, that the Royals do an awful lot of good for our country, and certainly help to bring millions of tourists to the UK every year.

However, what I do find astonishing is the level of media coverage the Royals get in the press not only in the UK but across the globe. The Cambridge’s recent trip to Australia garnered so many column inches that even the deepening Ukrainian crisis was pushed back so far it almost appeared amongst the football results.

Don’t get me wrong, certain Royal coverage is utterly acceptable. I had no problem about the level of attention for William and Kate’s wedding, it was of course the wedding of our future King and deserved to be seen and talked about. I similarly felt the coverage of the Diamond Jubilee was absolutely warranted to celebrate Her Majesty’s reign of 60 years.

However, it was extraordinary to see how much mileage could be given in the press, magazines and on TV to what basically amounted to a young couple’s first holiday with their baby. George, (who is cute but I know many far better looking babies), graced our front pages in a myriad of traditional outfits, which allegedly sold out every time they were shown. And every time Kate changed even her tights, it was reported on. The world’s media looked like they were sponsored by either a selection of ladies and baby designers or by the Australian tourist board.

It hasn’t stopped there. The most recent ‘extraordinary revelation’ to be reported was that Prince William travelled economy on an internal American flight. The US media covered this story particularly enthusiastically, even though there was only one piece of photographic evidence of William slumming it in ‘coach’. (I’m sure the Tennessee reporter who took the fascinating shot of the back of William’s head during the flight is now laughing all the way to the bank.) Apparently the fact that William travelled in economy and paid for the trip himself proves that he is just a ‘regular guy’. Really?

What I do think is that for trips that are not publicised and therefore unlikely to be targeted by terrorist activity, the Royals should absolutely travel on flights or trains with us poor plebeians.

Why on earth should we pay for William and Harry’s trip to go to their friend’s wedding? Well of course we shouldn’t, and whether it was a pre-meditated point being made by William or it was just the easiest flight to get, what it should be is the norm and not something that needs to be reported on across the globe.

The other frenzy seems to occur whenever Kate wears the same dress twice. Why on earth is this of such interest when everyone revels in how wonderful it is that she’s just an ‘ordinary girl’?

Is it really newsworthy if she or any of the other Royal ladies wear the same dress twice or if they are seen in something bought on the High Street. I think not and neither is William’s choice of plane transport. The Royals need to confirm to us that they can and will save money when appropriate. It will never make them ‘regular guys’ but it might just let the UK tax payers know that they understand that from time to time they have to be as frugal as the rest of us. Maybe then the media can concentrate on reporting on the more important areas of Royal life, like what they can do to improve the country!

NOTE TO SELF: Do you think the only tube line William would use is the Jubilee?