Prince Charles generally doesn’t mean much to me. Being a Kentuckian-American, I fail to see the point of the British royal family in general. They seem like a pointless national appendix. Charles has always appeared to me to be an idle rich boy who has to occasionally act as if he has something to do with running the country. Benign, but insignificant.
However, he did impress me this weekend by marrying his beloved Camilla. Best I can read the tea leaves, the story was that she was his true love lo those many years ago, but he let himself be talked out of marrying her. For whatever reasons, Camilla was not deemed suitable.
You could fault him perhaps for not just standing up to everyone at the time and insisting on marrying his true love, but there’s a lot of institutional and family throw weight on the other side. It can be pretty difficult to stand up to your mother, particularly if she is The Queen.
Instead, Prince Charles acquiesced to the demands of the family. He let them hook him up with this silly twit Diana who fit the bill for their ideas of a fairy tale princess. You can see the happy results of that train wreck.
By gummy, bonnie Prince Charles has stood up to Mommy and the Church of England now. Even now, Mom snubbed his actual wedding. Bitch. The Church of England was obviously resistant, providing only a grudging blessing rather than the actual marriage. Prince Charles will one day be the titular head of the bloody Church of England though, so they can just buddy up to accepting him.
Even a big part of the British public seems to be crappy about Camilla. What is your problem, people? She’s not your cute little fairy tale princess? Hey, Charles is taking a wife and lifemate, not casting some dumb little movie for your amusement. At long last being able to marry the woman you’ve truly loved for most of your life sounds like a much better fairy tale to me than the brought on nonsense of his first marriage.
It took him a long time to work up the courage, but Prince Charles has put his foot down and insisted on marrying the woman he loves, even in the face of strong opposition all around him. Now THAT is truly manly behavior.