Stop covering the royals

Elise T. Chisolm

February 09, 1993|By Elise T. Chisolm

Congratulations to the following magazines for NOT having a picture of Princes Di on their February covers:

Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman's Day, Ladies' Home Journal, Vogue, Glamour, Bazaar, and Redbook. They have pictures of either food or pretty models for a change.

Of course, no kudus to the tabloids that still have poses of thr royal family in bikinis, nude or under those funny-looking hats.

McCall's capitulated and has a picture of Di and a story by Di biographer Andrew Morton.

For a short time we may have a moratorium now that the royal separation has been announced, and this may quiet the professional palace watchers.

Barbara Ehrenreich wrote in Time recently that the trouble with Americans is that we have become trendless. "Even our gossip has to be imported, since we lack the home-grown equivalents of the topless, toe-sucking, dysfunctional royals," she wrote.

True. But I'm sick to death of looking at the crowd-pleasing British icons.

Aren't you tired of reading about Princess Di and Prince Charles and the machinations of their recent separation, not to mention Fergie and Andrew.

McCall's rags on about Di's fabulous new life, in which she ends up getting her own digs, co-custody of the kids and a chance to be queen. Oh, Cinderella, move over.

However, my fear is this -- that we may hear more from Di since she is free to dilly-dally, or whatever the British call it. One British journalist reports that she can't officially date because she is still married. But she will be able to have a single man for dinner alone in the palace, if nobody sees him and "if the staff keeps quiet."

But frankly, who cares? Or rather, why do we care?

McCall's reports rather poetically: "Over the last few months Diana had managed to pick the locks on the psychological chains that had shackled her to Prince Charles."

Spare me. She was not locked up in the Tower of London without food or water.

She can go to the Riviera and stand on her royal head.

Anyway, it is not that I don't like her, and have not tried to copy her hairdo, or that I didn't watch their four-hour wedding on TV in 1981.

It's just that I think it is time we had our own magazine images.

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