Social status


PERHAPS if nothing else, the Royal Wedding illustrates that the class hierarchical pyramid has never gone away.

When the royal couple crossed the threshold of Windsor Great Park, perhaps that was the true moment Meghan Markle crossed the Royal rubicon.

Anyone tuning in for the first time, a little like viewing the Tour de Yorkshire or France, might be forgiven for thinking the whole of Britain looks like Windsor or some bucolic idyll.

The reality of course is much different.

Perhaps so too in the United States, a low paid worker might have happened to tune in and glimpse the royal excess, and think to his or herself, ‘Why can’t I have something like that?’.

The truth is, a thousand years of history lie in between – all the chance circumstance of Agincourt, George III and the Americas, Waterloo and all the hurly burly of happenstance of history which has lead to the Windsors being at the top of the tree.

Charles I and James I both thought they were anointed by God and believed in the divine right of kings.

Thankfully, Parliament put a check to all that, but in truth, the English class system is still permeated by the long shadows of the feudal system – reinforced these days by that most un-English rush to social media.

A little like in the valley of the ashes, in The Great Gatsby, some folks somewhere in one of the many American towns called Springfield, perhaps, must have looked on an seen the fairy-tale infold for the first time in a seemingly  be-castled land.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Those looking on on Saturday who thought perhaps where their own personal bubbles might have burst are not alone. In such thoughts, throughout history, lie the seeds of revolution in the minds of the Washington’s, Robespierre’s, Cromwell’s and others.

Perhaps it is the thought of that ever present historical demon which keeps the Royal family looking over their shoulders, back towards a class threshold which they crossed hundreds of year ago.