Friday 24 November 2017

Mary Kenny: Princesses over politics

The frocks, tiaras and histories of the royals are the perfect form of escapism

Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

Honestly, I do wish Prince Harry would hurry up and get married. I'm not that fussy who he marries - this Meghan lass seems to be his heartfelt choice - just so long as he provides the world at large with the general spectacle of a royal wedding.

TS Eliot famously said that "humanity cannot bear very much reality": everyone needs an escape from the grim reality that meets us from dawn to dusk, whether it's our own daily worries or the relentless march of depressing news afflicting humanity at large.

It's hardly surprising that Disney thrives with gossamer fantasies like Beauty and the Beast, although I'm not sure if Emma Watson needs to sell it to us as a feminist tract. If there's a feminist theme in fairy tales, then let us discover that for ourselves: we don't need to be constantly beaten over the head with messages of sexual (or other) politics.

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