- Aug 13, 2004
- São Paulo
It is interesting that princes in both the Netherlands and Belgium are apparently expected to follow the happenings in the British royal family (and indeed the arrangements of the three princes and their respective monarchies are largely incomparable). Vice versa, it is hard to believe that a talk show host or reporter would expect the Duke of Sussex to follow what is happening in the lives of Princes Laurent or Constantijn or even to recognize their names. Presumably, more interest in foreign royal houses exists in the Netherlands and Belgium than in Britain.
In my experience in general small countries tend to be more outward focussed than bigger ones - perhaps more by necessity than by choice. And the dominance of the English language makes the barrage of articles easy to use for our national press. They have an intern translate the article and they have new content for their website, running along with the media hype for clicks. It is hard to escape the Sussex-drama even if you wanted to. It pops up on top of all international and national news and entertainment websites.
But this kind of informality is new for the Dutch RF. Two decades ago they did not appear in news programs as guests. There were no small interviews here and there. Only formal interviews which would happen sporadically and where questions like these would not have been asked in a million years. It slowly started to change somewhere in the early 2000s, with Prof. Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven appearing in news programs every now and than due to his work for the National Safety Board.