Judging by the popularity of this subject, royal watchers cannot live on William and Kate engagement speculation, Prince Philip's health or news of the Diana Inquest. No, we needed something more. Something big to take our minds off of those boring topics. Thankfully there's a....
ROYAL SEX SCANDAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, some (minor) royal came through for us with news of a sex tape and an envelope of cocaine. I first heard about this story on CNN. Two men have been arrested for trying to blackmail a member of the royal family for $100,000. In return, the men would keep the tape private. Now they're arrested, without their tape or their ransom. But who cares about them? The search engine topic 'who is the royal in the scandal' is what's important to people.
I have my theories, but I'll keep them to myself. Mainly because I don't like the idea of being sued for libel. But regardless of who it is, whether high on the totem pole or someone who has mere bragging rights, it's made news and aren't we all the better for it? Yes, everyone loves a scandal. We haven't had one in a long time. Camilla-gate? why bother. Squigy-gate? ancient history. Sheesh those were just phone calls! A video is a completely innovative addition to a royal scandal. In this history of royal scandals, none have captured the moment on video. Or maybe they have and we just haven't seen it on You Tube yet. Unbeknownst to him/her the royal in question has blazed a trail and there's no going back.
I have no doubt that the royal involved will be named. While there is a publication ban, it won't stop the media from making hints. Or without some 'friend' or 'unnamed source' coming forward. In the end money will be made, people will be embarrassed and lives will be changed forever, all while we graze on the sordid details.
© Marilyn Braun 2007
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