Patricia Johns and Patricia Bradley: A Royal Proposal

With all the excitement about the royal wedding last month, it got us to thinking!

What would you do if a handsome prince fell in love with you... and you fell in love with him, too, presumably. Would you marry him?

It might seem like an easy answer, because who wouldn't want to live like a princess in a literal castle and have that amazing clothing allowance?

But what about YOU? Would you say yes and marry a prince? We answered!





Patricia Johns


I'd have to say No...

I know, I know, that's so disappointing, isn't it? But I couldn't help but see all the things that Meghan had to give up in order to marry Harry. Her career, for one. She worked really hard to grow her acting career and get onto a hit TV show. That wouldn't have come easily! And now, she won't be able to ever act again. That's a big sacrifice for a creative person. I think she looks completely in love, and it's beautiful, but what about the years down the line? Will she be fulfilled without acting? I don't know. Maybe it wasn't as important to her as I'm assuming.

For me, if I married a prince, I wouldn't be able to write romance novels anymore. Or any kind of novel, really. It wouldn't be allowed, and that would choke me. I can't give up my writing. If I don't write, I get all wiggy. I need that specific creative outlet, and I get a huge amount of personal satisfaction from being published and sharing my stories with all of you.

Even for love... that's one thing I just can't give up!



One other thing--those princesses stay stick thin. It seems to be a requirement, because I haven't seen a full figured princess yet! Even after three babies (and the third one very recently born!), Kate is like a willow. That's another thing I wouldn't be willing to do--keep myself rail thin for image. I love food. If I had to deny myself for a lifetime just for the "perfect picture," I'd be incredibly crabby.

On a constant diet and unable to write books? I'm better off as a commoner!

So I'd regrettably have to turn the handsome prince down.


Patricia Bradley

I sort of agree with Patricia Johns…Meghan is giving up a lot to become Prince Harry’s wife. I’m not sure I’d like being under the microscope that she will be under. But if I loved my prince, it might be worth it.


Can you imagine the exciting life she will live? She will travel the world, meet dignitaries, kings and presidents and even ordinary people, and oh, the balls she will attend. And don’t forget, she will never ever worry about money…


I imagine it will be hard to give up acting, but both she and Harry seem to march to a different drummer. They aren’t quite as traditional as, say Prince William. I wonder what would happen if she did decide to resume her acting career? She’s a strong woman and she might be the first working princess! Wouldn’t that be something?


But to answer the question…if I were really in love with my prince, I probably would accept his proposal. And find a way to keep writing my books…maybe under a nom de plume.


Now, what would your answer be? Would you say yes and marry a prince?


Comments

  1. AN interesting question, Pat and Patricia. It’s very hard for me to imagine a prince proposing at all.....maybe the ‘frog’ version of the prince...but of course I also had to imagine my much younger, much more svelte self way back when. So that works. I guess it depends on which royal family the prince comes from. Some royals are more relaxed, flexible....dare I say, ordinary?...than others. At least that’s what my perusal of Hello Magazine informs me. I guess if I didn’t have to give up the things that mattered most (my own family and friends, my personal interests) it could work. And of course, we’re in the business of happy endings so we’d have to make it work. Either way, fun to imagine!

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    1. It is fun to imagine...I'd love to have someone take care of me. lol

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  2. What a fun idea! While the idea of getting swept off my feet by a prince is so romantic, I'm not sure if I could handle the pressures of royal life. What about him? Would he be able to give all that up to live life as a commoner? Now THAT would be true love!

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  3. Fun question. I recently saw Meghan in a Hallmark movie, and wondered if she'd like not acting again, too. I suspect that they won't be "usual" royals. I think they both want to be active in charity work, which is work. For me I think being a royal would be too confining in many ways. Even when I was first married and my husband was a Marine, the military set confining rules that extended to wives. I learned I don't much like hierarchy. But then love makes a person do crazy things.

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    1. It does, doesn't it, Roz! Sorry I missed all these answers last Monday, but I was on a research trip to Natchez...

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  4. I don't know--that "summerhouse" in Balmoral is pretty tempting...I'd have to think about that one. I might be lured in by the housing and easy living, like never having to wash a dish! And then I'd write under a pseudonym--naturally, the optimistic hippie girl in me believes I could pull that off.

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  5. All choices include sacrificing the 'road not taken.' Even the choice to marry in the first place requires giving up certain things we may value highly. Marrying a prince would ask even more because being a princess is a job in itself. I’ve thought about this interesting question for years and in the end I think it would depend upon the prince and my relationship with him.

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    1. I agree, Callie. There are a lot of variables.

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  6. For true love...maybe. I'm shy, so a life filled with balls and public appearances and paparazzi sounds stressful. But I think I could buck up and do it, if my prince needed me. And on the plus side, dogs seem to fit into the lifestyle quite royally.

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    1. Dogs for sure, Beth! Again, I think the prince would have to be worth giving everything up for.

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  7. After watching the Crown, I don't think I'd really want that. It seemed a very lonely, regimented life. I remember seeing a scene where a woman was entering a restaurant and thinking, how could that be Elizabeth? There'd have to be security, everything set up in advance... You would have money to vacation but limited places you could go. You'd have opportunities to go places and do things most people wouldn't, but you couldn't be late because you just needed to finish this chapter...

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    1. I can just see a princess saying, "I'm so sorry to be late, but there was this murder...."

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  8. I suppose the life of an author already has its public aspect, and that's good enough for me. I like the idea of not worrying about money, but I like also not having to worry about getting humiliated or assassinated. But if I had to choose, then I'd say 'no'. Life's good enough, already.

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    1. I hadn't even thought about the being assassinated part! Hmm, I may rethink this.

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  9. It's not anything I'd ever want to happen, but I know when I fell in love with my own prince, nothing would have stopped me from marrying him. Of course, I was 20, and he wasn't REALLY a prince, but still... I don't know, I guess, would be my last and best answer.

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    1. Liz, I think if I were in love with a prince, I probably wouldn't let anything stand in my way of marrying him...

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