Once Upon A Prince

Prince Charming

No one believes that we live in fairy tale times, but the current news is filled with stories about princes.  Some are stories with happy endings.  In others the prince not only does not live happily ever after, he does not even live.  If once upon a time is now, what are princes up to these days?

The Little Prince.  In merry old England, there’s a young prince who is a media darling.  He is being raised by a mum and dad who really love him–and each other.  Although he is in line for the throne and lives between a country estate and a 22 room apartment at Kensington Palace, his dad describes them as just a “normal” family.  Little Prince George Alexander Louis, more commonly known as Prince George, attends pre-school and engages in the typical activities of a little boy.  Nevertheless, his every move is photographed and scrutinized.

Unlike other young lads his age, Little Prince George is a mover and shaker in the fashion industry.  If he wears it, every mother in the land wants her child to wear it as well.  Within seven minutes the $39 soft terry robe George wore to meet the leader of the free world before tripping off to bed was sold out.


Prince George is still young and likes to play with toys.  Like many young children, some of his toys were presents from family friends.  Unlike the other tots, though, some of Prince George’s toys were gifted by the President of the United States.  Perhaps Barack could convince Prince George to re-enact Paul Revere’s midnight ride on that wooden rocking horse he and Michelle gave the third in line to the British throne.  Wouldn’t you love to hear him yell “The British are coming” in a British accent?

Prince george on horse

The Musical Prince.  Unless you were living under a rock the past few days, you are aware that the musical star Prince unexpectedly died at the age of 57.  Although born a commoner, he was given a royal first name, Prince; his middle and last names were not so royal–Rogers Nelson.  This prince lived in a stately castle, Paisley Park, in a northern land (Minnesota) that would be a good setting for “Frozen.”

Prince was a prolific songwriter, but he is probably best known for his 1984 song”Purple Rain.”  Purple being the color of royalty, this hue in the song title is appropriate for a prince.  The meaning of the lyrics is a bit dark though, as Prince explained that purple referred to the end of the world.  Guess it is appropriate for “Purple Rain” is incessantly being played on the radio following his death–the end of his world.

Prince singer picture

The musical Prince’s demise has given rise to a frenzy of media speculation as to the cause of death.  Enquiring commoner minds want to know the reason for this tragic loss.  Perhaps there is a fairy tale cause for his untimely end.    Maybe he ate a poisoned apple?  NAH!  If he was taking Percocet, as some stories claim, he learned the hard way that princes and commoners alike can die from taking too much.  A sad end to his fairy tale existence.  Doves and his fans are crying.

The Prince Who Is Living Happily Ever After

Notice how the fairy tale story always ends with the prince and his love living happily ever after?  No details are provided because the couple rides off into the sunset on a horse towards a stunning castle where they presumably live out their days in total bliss.

In real life, we have ALL the details about how one prince is living happily every after.  Yes, indeed, Prince William married his longtime love, Kate Middleton, in a ceremony befitting a future king.  News outlets and the tabloids provide us with daily tidbits about his royal life.  He flies an air ambulance for a job.  He has fathered two adorable children–the requisite boy first followed shortly thereafter by a little princess.  And when he is not flying about the kingdom and raising the next generation of royalty, he takes trips abroad to exotic locations.  Nothing like a photo opp with your beautiful wife by your side in front of the Taj Mahal.

Prince William Taj Mahal

Prince Charming

The words “handsome” and “prince” are inextricably joined in fairy tales.  The only time an ugly prince rears his head is when some evil witch has cast a spell turning the royal stud into a frog pending a kiss from a fair maiden.  In modern days we have a handsome prince who is the world’s most eligible bachelor.  He is the red haired kid brother of Prince William–Prince Henry Charles Albert David a/k/a Prince Harry.

While Prince Harry has not been reported to have slain any dragons, he did spend ten years in the British Army making sure that the kingdom was safe and secure for his now 90 year old grandmother to run.  While he did not don a suit of armor, he nonetheless looked pretty swoon worthy in a military uniform.

Prince Harry

Sure, Prince Harry has bit of a bad boy streak in him, but doesn’t that make him all the more appealing?  Queen Elizabeth probably blew her crown when she heard that Harry had been photographed partying in Las Vegas with his royal bum exposed, but she was one of very few people who weren’t happy at the revealing photos.  Think Harry tried to weasel his way out of this by telling Grams that he was trying out the Emperor’s New Clothes?

Recently Harry has gotten lots of press for his involvement with disabled war veterans.  The Invictus Games will garner great media attention with a handsome prince at the helm.  Prince Harry might be considered charming because of his looks, but his charm is not skin deep.  Under that princely exterior is a warm and caring heart for commoners who are not leading a fairy tale life.

Fairy tales are fun to read, but they usually come to an end and do not involve current times.  Real life princes today, such as Prince George, Prince William, and Prince Harry, provide the basis for a continuing stream of stories about their present fairy tale existence.  They enjoy their royal lifestyle, and we enjoy reading all about it.  Even when death sadly comes, as with Prince Rogers Nelson, commoners are provided an endless stream of media reports about the circumstances surrounding his demise.  Prince lives on in the media.  This is one story about a Prince that I would not mind coming to an end. Please cease the unending media coverage. Let Prince rest in peace.














Behind Every Successful Republican Presidential Candidate Is A Wife We Need To Know More About

ladies first candidates

At this point in the presidential campaign (just SEVEN more months to go….), most Americans are tired of hearing about Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the top two candidates for the Republican Party’s nomination.  Perhaps the citizens feel like they have heard it all, but I beg to differ with them.  Each man has a running mate, and I am not referring to a vice presidential candidate but his spouse–the woman behind the man.  Just how much do we really know about the women who will have the candidate’s ear and with whom he will engage in pillow talk?

So far, the only real focus on the candidate’s wives has come from the candidate’s themselves exchanging barbs about how the other side has disrespected his wife.  An organization not directly connected with Cruz published a (GASP!) nude photo of Melania Trump a/k/a Mrs. The Donald.  If this publication was aimed at shock value, I think it missed the mark.  Mrs. Trump was a model.  If you are a model, you often pose for nude magazine shoots.  As the commercial says, “It’s what you do.”  No one disputes this occurred years back, but what does it have to do with The Donald being in the Oval Office?

Cruz supporters picking on Mrs. Trump did not go over well with her hubby.  He lashed back by saying he’d “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz.  I am not sure exactly what The Donald had in mind, but an unflattering picture of Mrs. Cruz was subsequently posted.  While I am sure Heidi has had better pictures taken of her, who hasn’t had a picture of themselves passed around that they wished could be deep sixed?

heidi spill beans

The Donald caught some heat for this post for being superficial and focusing on a woman’s physical attributes.  To his credit, he did not do anything worse than post an unflattering picture of Heidi Cruz.  He did not did not question her mental stability, a fair inquiry given that public records reveal Mrs. Cruz suffered a bout of depression in the past and was found sitting by the side of a busy highway (not in a car) with her head in her hands by a policeman who deemed her to be a danger to herself.  So she is a real human being who had a difficult transition from D.C. to the Lone Star State where she moved to support her husband.  And?   She clearly bounced back from this difficulty.  But regardless of what negative thing Trump brought out about Mrs. Cruz, what does this  have to do with Ted being in the Oval Office?

Forget spilling the beans on either candidate’s spouse.  Let’s talk turkey instead.  Why don’t we consider the facts about these women because whichever candidate  is elected will have a spouse who will be expected to serve in a very high profile position, First Lady.  Here are the basics on the Republican contenders for  First Lady.

In corner #1 we have Heidi Nelson Cruz,  age 43.  She has been married to Ted since 2001.  The couple has two daughters, born in 2008 and 2011 respectively.  Mrs. Cruz received an MBA from Harvard Business School and is employed as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs.  She met her husband while both were working on George Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign.  Mrs. Cruz speaks Spanish, a language she picked up while working for J.P. Morgan on Latin American markets.

cruz family

In corner #2 we have Melania Trump, age 45.  She has been married to Donald since January 2005 having met him at a fashion week event in New York.  The couple has a 9 year old son, Barron.  Mrs. Trump was born in Yugoslavia (now called Slovenia) but became a U.S. citizen in 2006.  She studied design and architecture in college. Melania worked as a model and now owns a successful jewelry business.  Mrs. Trump is fluent in five languages:  Slovenian; French; English; German and Serbo-Croatian.  (Translation:  She’s no dummy!)

donald kisses Melania

Now that we know the basics, who would best fit the bill of First Lady?  Let’s consider the First Lady’s role:

  1.  The First Lady is highly visible and frequently photographed.    Undeniably, Mrs. Trump, a former model,  is likely to be the more photogenic and at ease around the cameras.  And, thanks to The Donald’s post, we know that Mrs. Cruz may take an unflattering picture from time to time. Melania wins that round.

2.  The First Lady often accompanies her husband on overseas trips.  Who would be the more  valuable asset in travel abroad?   Mrs. Trump also wins round 2.  She was born overseas, has lived and studied outside the U.S. and is fluent in several languages.  Who needs to trust an interpreter with her on your arm?  If the trip was to Mexico though, then Heidi  would have the advantage since she speaks Spanish and is currently living just across the border in Texas, Mexico’s backyard neighbor.

3.  The First Lady needs to be able to maneuver around the Washington scene and have connections.  Heidi wins this round hands down.  She previously worked for the Bush administration and is already familiar to those in Washington, D.C. from her time as a Senator’s wife.  And as a Goldman Sachs investment banker, she is surely well connected in the financial world.  Melania’s home base is  New York City, and she is much more familiar with that metropolitan scene. New York (and her palatial penthouse) is likely where she’d rather be. (She might even get allergic to smelling political hay!)  Melania  may be socially connected, but that only gets you so far on Capitol Hill.

trump penthouse

4.  The First Lady needs to be a sounding board for her husband.  Heidi is obviously on top of economic and financial issues as a result of her MBA and investment banking job; her experience and expertise could be a big asset for Ted. .  Nevertheless, Melania is a savvy businesswoman who has lived in other countries and may be able to provide an outsider’s perspective on foreign affairs.  Barbara Walters once remaked that people don’t expect Melania to be so smart  because she is beautiful.  Anyone who can hold her own with The Donald deserves some respect.  (“Little Marco” had a tough time in that regard.)  This round ends in a draw.

5.  The First Lady is expected to entertain at the White House and at official functions.   Melania has experience with society and business functions from being married to The Donald.  How lavishly she would host such events from the White House might be a concern.  If she redecorates the White House like she did the penthouse where she lives with The Donald, then the national debt might increase dramatically.  We have not seen much of Melania on the campaign trail, so she might not cotton to so much public exposure (as opposed to personal exposure for nude photoshoots).  While Heidi has been on the scene in D.C. and has experience as a Senator’s wife, it is one thing to attend a political event and quite another to host one on a huge scale. Again, this round ends in a draw.

Considering the facts, it seems that the two contenders for First Lady of a Republican president are fairly evenly matched.  From all appearances, both women are greatly loved by their husbands who have no problem in fiercely defending them.  Melania and Heidi are each an intelligent and accomplished woman in her own right.  Melania has a good head on her shoulders; she is not simply arm candy for The Donald.  Heidi, a Harvard educated banker with political world experience, is a success whether or not every picture of her is picture perfect.  And, yes, she can take very flattering pictures.

Heidi Cruz
Heidi Cruz

In all seriousness, it behooves the voters to look at all the pertinent facts about any candidate.  A candidate’s  spouse is a huge consideration because the spouse is a special interest that will wield great influence over a candidate whether or not the spouse contributes anything at all to the campaign coffers.  Cruz and Trump’s wives are intelligent, attractive women who are standing behind and supporting their spouse.  Sure we need to know where Cruz and Trump stand on the issues, but I am one voter who feels that to be truly informed, voters also need to know about the women who stand behind these successful men.