Psychiatrist and clinical professor, Dr. Sudeepta Varma at NYU’s Langone Medical Center, comments on the obsession some individuals have with British Royalty. “Keeping it as a hobby is OK. Being obsessed to the point that you are spending a lot of time not living your own life is harmful.” Varma says some individuals develop a longing to be a celebrity or be with one, which can be problematic. She also cautions against spending too much time looking at celebrity comment on social media. Extensive time spent on the web can be linked to poorer mental health.
The Stats: Prince William and Kate’s wedding attracted nearly 23 million U.S. viewers. Estimates suggest 33.2 million watched Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997, 17 million watched her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle frequently top lists of trending news articles.
Salon reports that British royals have intrigued millions of Americans for the last 150 years. In 1860, Prince Albert Edward (the future King Edward VII) staged a surprisingly successful American tour, during which he was mobbed by fans in cities including Chicago, Albany and Detroit. In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth made similar headlines when they ate their first hot dogs in Hyde Park, New York, urged on by President Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor.
And then there was the frenzy surrounding Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s visit to Washington in 1985. President Reagan may have mistakenly referred to Diana as “Princess David,” but no one will forget Diana’s turn on the dance floor with John Travolta.
“I think it’s fair to say that the American people are quite fond of the royal family,” then-President Barack Obama remarked during a 2015 Oval Office meeting with Prince Charles, “They like them much better than they like their own politicians.”
Source: Gary R’nel
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