Yesterday evening, the Beeb screened a programme about The Princess Royal, marking her sixtieth birthday. There were the usual talking heads, as well as some insights from her two children, neither of whom were given a royal title. And there was a full measure of her candour on a range of subjects.
One of those subjects, and her view of it, will not make easy viewing for the various wannabe slebs inhabiting areas such as the blogosphere, that being the business of celebrity itself. Interviewer John Inverdale asked HRH if she considered herself to be a celebrity. The answer was unequivocally in the negative.
This is the member of the Royal Family who is patron to many organisations, and acknowledged to be the “busiest” Royal: she gets through around six hundred engagements a year. She is instantly recognisable. And she does not consider herself to be a celebrity.
So where does that leave those lesser beings who pretend that they are? Trying to pretend they weren’t watching, more than likely.