Batooro should think twice before kissing Americans
Posted Sunday, November 3 2013 at 00:00
I found my simple but kind-hearted maid weeping as she studied photos of the beautiful Tooro princess who had just announced her separation with her American husband of less than one year. The minister’s maid, who was just passing by, was forced to stay a bit longer to comfort her friend. My maid kept murmuring something about what a nice looking couple they had been.
The minister’s maid was trying to convince my maid that the separation was the best thing for the couple, and gave her reasons why the marriage should not be missed.
“Munange being a princess is not like being you or me,” she was saying. “For us we can tell any character that proposes to us but a princess is different. She has to consider the interests of her people before choosing a husband.”
“But which interests of other people are those that should supersede her own interests?” my maid queried, in a voice that implied that her friend had uttered something near to blasphemy.
“My dear, she is a princess of the people of Tooro not a princess of herself,” the minister’s maid said, sounding like a philosopher. “If there is no kingdom of Tooro there can be no princess of Tooro. She therefore cannot make for herself a choice that is not in line with the interests of the kingdom.”
“Then why did they let her marry that person in the first place if it wasn’t in the kingdom’s interest?” Now my maid was not letting her smarter friend get away with it this time.
“That is where the kingdom officials and elders failed in their role,” answered the minister’s maid. “Which explains why none of them can dare blame the poor young princess after what has happened. In fact that is what Honourable told a group of Batooro who were having dinner at our house last night. He said the Batooro elders and kingdom officials should never have allowed the wedding before thoroughly examining the suitor’s background. Honourable then told them what happened in England in oba 1936!”
“What happened in England?”
“I didn’t hear everything but I am sure he said the king of England, who was also emperor of India and many other territories including Uganda, was forced by his subjects to resign because he insisted on marrying an American.”
“What!” my maid almost jumped out of her skin. “You mean marrying an American is bad for royals from other countries?”
“Someone actually asked Honourable the same question and he said the problem is not with Americans per se but the personality,” explained the minister’s maid. “He said there is a small wealthy country on the Mediterranean coast called Monaco whose monarch married an American actress called Grace Kelly in the fifties, but she was a high achiever in her own right as a top actress.”
“So what was wrong with the one that the British emperor married?” persisted my maid.
“Oh that one, she was just a socialite,” explained the minister’s maid. “So the British elders clearly told their king that his choice of woman was unacceptable to the cultured English people and he had to chose between her or the throne. He chose the woman. Imagine if he hadn’t, the present queen would never have become queen! When that king, I think he was called Edward stepped down to marry the American, his brother took over and gave birth to the present queen.”
“Interesting!” agreed my maid. “But what would the people of Tooro have done when the princess decided she wanted to marry the American?”
“They should have explained to her the responsibilities which come with bearing a royal title,” the minister’s maid explained patiently. “That if you accept to be called Princess Royal then your life belongs to your people, and the choices you make must take into account the dignity of your kingdom. They should have given her examples of existing royals who have renounced their royal entitlements and those of their children, in order to live a life of their choice, like the only daughter of the Queen of England – I think her name is Anne. The elders of Tooro really let down the young princess by sending her to test the depth of the waters with both feet.”