June 1st, 2008

Most of us will have seen and read about Paul Burrell,  Princess Diana’s butler, recently giving evidence at the coronial hearing in London into the death of the Princess in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris in 1997.
What the butler saw may or may not be critical to the hearing’s outcome but in any event nothing was going to stop Mr Burrell from attempting to take the limelight and to act out his role as he sees it – a major player in the royal life of England!

To see how highly this butler now places himself in society visit the ‘Official website of Paul Burrell, former Royal Butler to Diana, Princess of Wales’.  As one places the curser on the site a small crown is constantly displayed alongside.  Through his web site, for example, ‘one’ can ‘Order your Royal Butler Tea for One Set’ – one has to keep track of one’s ones with Paul.  Then there is a “New Year Message from Paul’ – no doubt soon to rival the Queen’s Christmas message, at least, in Mr Burrell’s mind.

So the servant becomes the star turn. Fortunately, where the British Royal family is concerned, there is a degree of order and discipline to the structure of daily life, fashioned out over centuries – thus one can, at least, link the ramblings of Mr Burrell to actual events and dates that are accurately recorded.

Let us now consider today’s new royalty, according to the media.  The new kings and queens, the likes of Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Britney Spears, Russel Crowe, Paris Hilton, and Lindsey Lohan.  Will we ever know if any of the ‘tell alls’ have any basis in fact since no one is logging accurately the chaotic living pattern of these characters.  Imagine in the decades to come what insufferable nonsense society is going to have to endure as ‘servants’ of the New Royals reveal all.  

There will be a succession of revelations from assistants, nannies, chauffeurs, and the like.  Insights will abound into the largely meaningless lives of these so called ‘celebrities’, the existence of whom we would all be ignorant of without the oxygen being pumped into them by the media.

The volume of future (on and off line) material about these ‘celebrities’ from the ‘inner circles’, both on and off line, is incalculable.  Thinking of book titles alone could rapidly induce nausea – viz; ‘ The Real Humpustuous Life of Paris Hilton ‘ by her Personal Assistant (a slim volume) and  ‘Britney Spears, ‘A Loving Mother’ by her (not her kids) Nanny.  

 Probably the best idea is to avoid thinking about it at all.   More bubbles anyone?….MiSay  

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