Saturday, July 9, 2011
The Happy Prince
We cats are simply thrilled and agog at the mess that Rupert Murdoch is in. Is it possible that the world is a just place? Well, probably not. But considering the fact that folks are being arrested left and right, that David Cameron's in a pickle, and that Murdoch has had to fly back to the U.K. to deal with the reprehensible behavior that he, over 40 years, has inspired — we're tempted to think yes. At least for a little while.
Yet as pleased as we are, we suspect that nowhere is there more Schadenfreude today than in the House of Windsor.
Little notice is taken over here in the colonies, but Rupert Murdoch not only is a Republican with a capital R, he's a republican. In British terms, that means anti-monarchist. And he has made the Royal Family's lives miserable over the years. Small example: In 1992, Murdoch's Sun, snubbing its nose at tradition, published the Queen's heretofore embargoed Christmas broadcast two days early. A fine slap in the face at the end of an annus horribilis.
There are other instances, but if you really want to go back in time, recall the day that the News of the World printed a photo of Princess Margaret and Roddy Llewellyn hanging out in swimsuits in Mustique. As the late Queen Mother was known to have said, that was a very long time ago.
And of course, in 2005 the soon-to-be-shuttered paper hacked the cell phones of Prince William and Prince Harry.
Perhaps none of this Windsor-chasing compares with violating the privacy of murdered little girls, commuters slaughtered by terrorists, and fallen soldiers. But we have the funny feeling that the Prince of Wales, long a victim of Murdoch's tabloid press himself, is smiling tonight. We cats join you, Sir!
UPDATE: The Guardian now reports that Charles and his wife Camilla have been warned that Rupert Murdoch was hacking their voicemail. We assume that our lack of surprise is surpassed only by the Prince's own.