Royalty: Hot and cold

I’ve been seeing items about the Société St‑Jean‑Baptiste (a nationalist organization with a very Catholic name in oh‑so‑secular Quebec, but let it pass) launching a petition to end the monarchy in Quebec (saw a tweet saying: “Nationalistes le matin: «Les Autochtones c’est fédéral. Pas notre responsabilité.» Nationalistes l’après-midi: «Abolissons la monarchie *au Québec*») and then look at the Journal to see crowing over how Queen Camilla is une Dion d’Amérique because she has an ancestor from New France – with a strong flavour of “gotcha!” about it.

Yesterday waiting for the cash in Jean‑Coutu I saw on the rack of vedette magazines more items about Prince Harry and other members of the royal family than about Quebec or U.S. stars. But that’s not surprising – for years I’ve noticed on the covers of Paris Match, from staunchly republican France, a lot of coverage of royalty, not just the British ones, but monarchy and aristocracy from all over.

Basically, royalty are celebrities. They don’t have to do anything to sustain their fame, but then neither do the Kardashians.