Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Kate and Working

I want to address the issue of Kate and her workload in this post.

To start: Kate was born to Carole and Michael Middleton on January 9, 1982. Her parents were both hardworking people (and her family history dictates that her family has never been very rich or high class) with 'normal' jobs - she was a stewardess and he a steward. For the earlier part of her childhood, Kate had a fairly regular upbringing: two younger siblings, attending a private school with the money her parents had saved up for that exact purpose, going on small trips.  Sometime when she was a child, her mother decided to tap into her creative side and make party bags for birthdays and such, and it was a hit. They made tons of money, and Kate became a child of two very wealthy parents, and all that that entailed. She went to one of the elitest coed boarding schools in the UK, went on extravagant vacations and the like. In addition to that, she fell in love with and married one of the wealthiest men on the planet, who also happens to be second in line to the British throne, Prince William.

She never has to work again, from a financial point. Except she kind of does (I will get to that later.)

Most people work because they need to. It doesn't matter if they are a brain surgeon or they work for Amazon as a packager, it is a matter of necessity. There are the lucky few who work not because they need to, but predominantly because they want to. As Confucius said "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
That said, if you are very wealthy and you never have to work again, like Catherine, the door is open for what you want to do. She has done that, but still taken a relatively familiar and normal course. Gone to college (or university), worked, gotten married, worked, had a kid. Would we be still complaining about it if we were in her situation? Just because she has more leisure time than the average person, does that mean that she somehow made inferior life choices to you?

It is none of our business what Kate does with her own time. If her essentials are taken care of she has the right to do whatever she wants. Just as you have free time at the end of a day and you want to spend it doing what you want, when she has free time she had the right to do what she wants. Be that vacationing in the Caribbean or taking George and Lupo on a walk, she has all the right in the world to do that, and why would anyone be bitter over that because of anything other than jealousy (the British taxpayer only pays 56p per year for the Royal family, per person)?

Neither Kate nor William is a working royal yet. She is a new mom, and she will take her time raising her kids before she becomes like Charles and Camilla, who regularly top the 500 engagement mark annually. For all intents and purposes, they have a part time job being a working royal. Kate does, however, take her job quite seriously. She reads up on the event or organization, chooses charities to be patron of that she finds interesting, and most importantly, she always looks impeccable while doing this. You can see this in her conversation with the proprietors of the event, and her enthusiasm while there. In addition, she is expected to step out of the car looking like a million bucks every single time. I bet no one would approve if she stepped out of the car in mom jeans with spit up on her shirt and huge bags under her eyes. She works hard to stay fit, keep her hair in a state of shiny curls, makes sure she gets enough sleep (and with a baby!) so she looks nice the next day. She is seen buying expensive dresses, shopping a lot, and honestly, she would not look the same in a 10 dollar Old Navy dress. She is living up to the very high expectations of the public. People don't consider this a job because it is unusual and she is not in an office 9-5. It is indeed an unusual job, but it is also very time consuming.

Kate also gave up many, many things in marrying William. She gave up all hope of living a 'normal' life ever again, she gave up the ability to go out on a walk completely by herself, without any security or paparazzi following her, she gave up being able to wear something and not be scrutinized. In fact, she will be scrutinized for the rest of her life. That is quite a sacrifice. However, her life has many perks. She is a very privileged woman who can jet around the world at the snap of her fingers, and she lives a life of extreme glamour. She is up for being in the fishbowl, though, and I think that there are very few people who would be able to withstand that kind of pressure.

Most people will never be able to live anything close to the life she leads. However, I think that most, if not all, the people reading this blog are privileged compared to someone in the slums of India. We have homes and air conditioning, and while Kate has Mustique but is in the fishbowl, we have our local lake and the freedom to go about our lives relatively unscrutinized (unlike Kate.)

She owes us nothing. She is also doing her job, and doing a stellar job at what she does, however unusual her job is. She is raising the heir to the throne, going on engagements, she is showing off the best of the UK for all to see, and she is keeping her marriage stable (God forbid another '90's). I say to follow the royals with awe about the history, wonder about what they do, and appreciation that they are highlighting important charities.

Kate is a very, very rich woman. She got lucky and was born into the right family, inherited good looks, and married a very, very rich man. I wish all the best to her, and I hope you do the same.

1 comment:

Hello! I hope you decide to leave a message - we all would love to hear your input! I only have one holdup: No attacks on the BRF. If there are any spiteful comments they can and will be removed. Thank you for upholding common courtesy!

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