The Other I

May 5, 2011

The fantastic and fantastical

While we were watching the RW procession from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace last Friday, there was a marvellous shot of Prince Harry in an open carriage laughing with several of the very young bridesmaids travelling with him.  It was a delightful glimpse of Diana’s son.

Since then, we’ve discovered what was happening.  The three-year-old (the one who later was standing on the balcony covering her ears) was terrified of the noise made by the cheering crowds as they rode by.  Harry, knowing that he would be travelling with them and foreseeing the possibility that the young ones might need some special kind of help to get through the royal ordeal, had bought a rubber worm in his pocket.  It was less than a two dollar purchase, but the little one was entranced.  And comforted.

Welcome distraction: Bridesmaid Eliza Lopes was entertained at the Royal Wedding with a £1 wiggly worm

A close look at the official royal photograph taken after they’d reached the palace shows that she was still holding onto her bright pink wiggly worm.

On the less fantastic but hopefully fantastical level, a former Pakistani diplomat currently in Washington, said that he had no doubt that the killing of Bin Laden has unquestionably been a trade-off between the U.S. and some elements of the Pakistani authorities.  Why else, he asked, wasn’t he caught before?  And why, suddenly, was protection withdrawn at just this point?  No, he said, Pakistan has known for years that they held this bargaining chip.  They have just now decided that the U.S. had something to offer that made it worth playing.

I don’t know if it’s true.  I would like to hope it isn’t.  But I certainly don’t find it unbelievable.


1 Comment »

  1. Well, I do hope the first story is true and the second one false. I like thinking that those royals are fun and kind people.


    Comment by Chris — May 7, 2011 @ 11:33 am | Reply

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