Originally Posted by Sun Lion
Iím surprised to see any royals still attending film launches after the experience of the Prince and Princess of Wales at the London premiere of ďSteel MagnoliasĒ
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassisí sister Lee Radziwill was married to the filmís director Herbert Ross.
Lee got sick of being overlooked and sat down in the same row as Charles and Diana, instead of her assigned seat further back.
She sat in Julia Robertís seat.
She refused to move.
Mr Rossís boss, also present, called her the c-word.
Lee brazened it out.
Julia burst into tears.
Charles and Diana shuffled along and tried to smooth things over.
Julia ended up sitting in the row behind.
Mr Ross was seen as being unable to control his wife. His career took a dive and never recovered.
Highly embarrassing for the Royal couple to get caught up in a Hollywood hissy-fit. And all in the name of getting some dosh for a charity.
And yes, beautifully turned out Monarch having to come eye to eye with those starlets of yesteryear with their low-cut gowns serving up their ďassetsĒ at Her Majestyís eye level - Iíve seen the pics.
No wonder Princess Margaret got the job, which I think suited everyone all round.
Now the producers of this film would like this prince and his wife to attend this premiere, and that prince and his wife to attend that one.
Great for them and their product, the James Bond people, but when are those in charge on the other side going to draw some sort of line between Royalty and celebrity.
When is there going to be some attempt to re-build the mystique and importance of the Monarchy.
Celebrities get flushed down the sluices all the time. I canít see any value in the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge getting into a comparison with the other couple when they are on the track to the throne.
Kate wore this frock, Meghan wore that, it rained in London, the sun shone in California, more well- known faces at the Hollywood event, but itís a British film.
As both couples are now more-middle aged than young, why continue down this route.
If Royalty canít stir people with itís own glamour, the seedy, hustling, drug-riddled second-hand glamour of the entertainment industry canít be their best shot surely.
A minor drama a quarter of a century ago involving some random person at a premiere that most do not remember should hardly stop the future King and Queen supporting UK PLC. Films are a major export earner for us, and as President of BAFTA, William, in support of the industry and specific charities should attend these events from time to time.
As regards the former royals, how they choose to conduct themselves and where they choose to appear is for them to decide. They no longer represent The Firm in any way.