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Old 03-29-2007, 09:31 PM
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I Think its funny that the people who critisize him probably go to clubs ect ect or at least have in the past.
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Old 03-29-2007, 10:45 PM
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Great post and one of the few voices of reason!
Thanks Skydragon, the same way I feel about your posts!
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Old 03-30-2007, 08:40 AM
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Actually Royal Fan, I think the reason I have trouble understanding the drinking and clubbing is that I've never done those things. I have no friends or family who drink any alcohol or go to clubs. I've tried to be understanding that some people have a fascination with that lifestyle but I think in this case it has gotten William into trouble he could have stayed out of had he participated in this type of activity to a slightly lesser degree. I know I am not the normal but moderation in all things goes a long way too.
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Old 03-30-2007, 09:05 AM
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Actually Royal Fan, I think the reason I have trouble understanding the drinking and clubbing is that I've never done those things. I have no friends or family who drink any alcohol or go to clubs. I've tried to be understanding that some people have a fascination with that lifestyle but I think in this case it has gotten William into trouble he could have stayed out of had he participated in this type of activity to a slightly lesser degree. I know I am not the normal but moderation in all things goes a long way too.
That makes sense kjrn. You followed the example of those around you who didn't drink or go out.

William is in a different environment so he's following the example of those that are around him. Among Sandhurst graduates, drinking and clubbing are very much the norm and a way for the soldiers to bond and make friendships that will serve them when they have to depend on each other in combat.

I imagine they take these high risk activities because going to war in itself is such high risk. That's not an excuse for Williams and Harry's drinking as so many claim, overdrinking can be dangerous but its stating a fact of life for many military recruits.

Regardless, I think William has shown moderation in his drinking. There are very very few times when the press has gotten sneak pictures of him really making a fool of himself while drunk. Harry is the one who has lost all decorum at times.

My mother came from a teetotaling family where no one ever drank any alcohol for any occassion. Even the church communion wine was Welch's grape juice. She would never ever understand at all why anyone would take a drink ever for any reason.

But the way my mother was raised was different from the way William and several other people were raised. People grow up in different environments and what makes perfect sense (although a little stupid) in one environment is totally wrong in another.

I don't think you can bring together a teetotaler's view of the world and the view of someone who goes clubbing to socialize. There are too many differences there to bring the gap of understanding.
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Old 04-01-2007, 08:23 PM
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I don't feel sorry for him. He might not have been paying attention to where his hand was but it is b/c he was drunk as a skunk! Why can't he just go out and have a couple of drinks. Why does he have to get hammered???

Yes many people can say that they have had too much on a rare occasion but when you are frequently being photographed coming out of clubs heavily inebriated it becomes a problem. I don't think peopple would be as sympathetic if Crown Pss. Victoria, or some other princess, was pictured doing the same.
Well, I just hope he can control his drinking habit. It has gotten him into a lot of troubles. He should be old enough to know what his responsibilities are and what not to do and what he can do in the public.
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Old 04-02-2007, 04:05 AM
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Casting aspersions on Catherine, are we? What has, in your eyes, shown Will's choice in Catherine to be "tasteless"?
What is so tasteless? Well, everything she does.... This girl (because the word woman does not fit her) does absolutely nothing...finished university and that's all. Ok, you can say that she doesn't have to work but what kind of a person is she that she is satisfied with shopping and vacationing????
She keeps complaining about the press and photographers....why did she then attend Celtenham with William grinning from ear to ear and went back a couple of days later with some hat on her head? Why did she wear bright red coat at his passing out parade? If I don't want to get noticed I awoid everything that would make me stand out from the crowed. Kate does want to be noticed...God knows why. And these are only her actions...I haven't talked about her appearance yet.... William could have any woman he wanted, though he is not handsome but rich and har power which can be very attractive to many women.
But again... maybe I too, should move to England have a half time job, go on holidays every second month, live in one of the best parts of London and buy an Audi.

Oh yeah!!! She is perfect queen material + absolutely stunning!!!
Fortunately she will never be my queen.....
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Old 04-02-2007, 04:37 AM
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What is so tasteless? Well, everything she does....

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But again... maybe I too, should move to England have a half time job, go on holidays every second month, live in one of the best parts of London and buy an Audi.

Oh yeah!!! She is perfect queen material + absolutely stunning!!!
Fortunately she will never be my queen.....
Catherine has any right to live the way she lives. She can afford it, she is not breaking any law and she does behave like a decent citizen. So what's your problem with her? If you want to live a different life, then simply do it. But let her life her life as she deems it right. Wear mousegreys or browns but let her choose her colours. Stay at home if you prefer that but let her enjoy a day at the races...

Your comment about your move to London smells to me like naked jealousy - which would make it your problem, not Catherine's.
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Old 04-02-2007, 04:39 AM
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but what kind of a person is she that she is satisfied with shopping and vacationing????
Normal!
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Old 04-02-2007, 05:37 AM
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We're getting off the topic here, its Prince William's thread, NOT Ms. Middleton's!
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Old 04-02-2007, 06:44 AM
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Age old answer I know, but, lol.....the people of the United Kingdom pay for the royal box Kate enjoyed that day at the races. Kate's royal connections and publicity because of her royal connections got Kate the big discount on her audi. If Prince William and Kate find the relationship is too much for kate to handle, then I think they should move on. Without Prince William, Kate is not newsworthy and would be left alone.

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Old 04-02-2007, 06:49 AM
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If you want to live a different life, then simply do it.
That is a wise thing to say. It is advice everyone can benefit from. If you want to change your life, change it. You've given me a happy thought for this morning. Thank you.
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Old 04-02-2007, 07:39 AM
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Age old answer I know, but, lol.....the people of the United Kingdom pay for the royal box Kate enjoyed that day at the races.Donna B.
No, UK taxpayers didn't pay for the box used when William and Catherine attended the races. We don't pay for the Royal Box either. The course managers make them available to HM and her family, afaik.

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Old 04-02-2007, 05:11 PM
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No, UK taxpayers didn't pay for the box used when William and Catherine attended the races. We don't pay for the Royal Box either. The course managers make it available to HM and her family, afaik.
Well, we will just have to agree to disagree.
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Old 04-02-2007, 08:27 PM
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I think whatever taxes "people of the UK" have is their concern. < ed > I have a serious doubt about taxes paying for the royal box, though. I think the UK taxes might pay for things like the royal train because traveling on it is only for getting to engagements, but I think since Cheltenham is a private enjoyment for the royals, they have to pay for that from private purses. < ed >
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< ed > Now then, back here in Prince Williams thread, I am comletely confused. I have just clicked over from the Prince Harry thread and they are saying exactly the same thing about Harry as they are saying about William.

Except, course, in the Harry thread they believe it is the "good heir versus the bad spare".

Well who'd have thunk it? Are both Princes hell raisers or what?
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Old 04-03-2007, 05:21 AM
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I have a serious doubt about taxes paying for the royal box, though. I think the UK taxes might pay for things like the royal train because traveling on it is only for getting to engagements, but I think since Cheltenham is a private enjoyment for the royals, they have to pay for that from private purses.
Whatever your leanings, I normally enjoy the intelligent discussions I have with you! One of the many complaints people make against the royal family is their supposed use of taxpayers money, when in fact they are, as you can imagine assigned 'boxes' to watch the races, the theatre, opera, ballet etc. These are normally furnished to the Queens taste, comfy chairs, particular side tables etc. They are crowd pullers, attractions, there is always the slight hope that one of the royals will attend, unannounced.
So while William, Zara, Catherine, Mike and all their friends may have enjoyed the use of the royal box, it was, for the UK taxpayers a 'freebie'.
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Old 04-03-2007, 06:33 AM
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No different to the Royal Box at Wimbledon, which comes courtesy of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, and costs "the taxpayers" precisely nothing.
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Old 04-03-2007, 07:01 AM
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No different to the Royal Box at Wimbledon, which comes courtesy of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, and costs "the taxpayers" precisely nothing.
Can't you tell I am not keen on 'sports', I forgot all about Wimbledon!
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:11 AM
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At the SCG, where I am a member, the club officials have a box for their convenience, which is also used by the PM and any royal, or VIP, who might be visiting. It is the VIP box. The Queen also has access to the Long Room at Lords cricket ground (at the expense of the members of this club). MY point being that these sorts of places have a VIP area, but at some places in Britian they are referred to as the Royal Box as that is the most VIP that anyone can really be there - but they are not restricted to Britian and may have another title in other places.

These facilities are NOT paid for by the taxpayers but by the club/organisation who owns the facility (maybe through members dues of course) but definitely NOT the average taxpayer.
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:24 AM
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This isn't on the taxpayer topic I know. I wondered why (no names because I don't have any and am not suggesting anyone) it is so important for people to compare William and Harry and to make one of them seem better than the other. Why does there always have to be a good prince, bad prince theme? And why does there seem to be people who would seem to put down William because the papers seem to put down Harry (kind of a balancing thing in their mind)?
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