Royal bombshell

VERBAL VARIETY - Annie Fe Perez (The Freeman) - March 13, 2021 - 12:00am

It was late in 2020 when I became sort of obsessed with the Royal Family. Jumping off from Netflix series "The Crown", I felt like I saw a glimpse of what life was like being the head of the monarchy. It was an institution that stood for the whole of the United Kingdom to show and assure its citizen that they are in a stable country with strong alliances across the globe.

They weren't decision makers for the nation, as there was a parliament for that, but they strongly influenced how things would be run for the betterment of the people.

They were apolitical, which meant they took no sides when it came to the people's democracy in choosing their leaders. The institution stood there as a model family despite everything breaking up inside them like the relationship with the Queen's grandson, Harry, and his wife, actress Meghan Markle.

I know it’s bizarre to be so engrossed with issues that do not concern us at all. It was a bombshell they exploded on international TV and the internet. They dropped concerns that more or less destroyed the Royal Family such as racist comments, denial of a royal title to their son, and more. But to me, it is just more than an entertainment or a tidbit of juicy royal gossip, it is something we can learn from.

You see, we can Meghan Markle anytime we want, whine because we don't get what we want, and try to seek sympathy for people who are of concern to us, but in reality we can always solve the problems on our own. On a higher level, I'd like to also think that even our government officials can stop whining with what they do not have and start taking concrete steps. These steps should concern their constituents as well. I'm pertaining to local government units who keep on waiting for the national government to give them what they want and need.

And as a response, the Queen refused to publicly comment on the interview made. Classy as she was, she said that they would handle such matters internally, but has raised a special concern for the racist allegations. We can all be like the Queen as well. We can opt to not put out in the limelight certain issues that do not concern others. For example, we can tone down our aggressive posts on social media and talk to the people of concern instead.

This is also a point of learning for media across the globe - that they should choose proper angles and slants for their stories. Writers and journalists should know what constitutes stories that are of important nature to the readers. Although we are not in a monarchy, we could opt to choose to put aside intrigues and other issues that would probably hinder development.

Then again, the story of the Royal Family goes on as their reign continues. We watch from a distance and learn from their mistakes.

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