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So I've been watching this reality show on WE called "American Princess". The premise is that the show picks a bunch of unclassy American gals and sends them over to Britain to compete over a 'actual title'. The girls are catty and bitchy or else fairly socially clueless, and the competitions are... well, sometimes they're things that make sense, like acting appropriately in certain situations. Sometimes the challenges make less sense because they're things like how to put on a tea party, which, c'mon, a princess is gonna have someone to make tea for her. ;)

The judges are an etiquette coach and a former butler of Princess Di's, and they spend a lot of time standing around laughing because the girls don't know how to make tea or create a centerpiece or play cricket. Sometimes they have a point because a lot of the times they give the girls the information and they're just not listening because they're bimbos. But sometimes, well, I want to smack these snotty Brits* around and find out how well they'd do playing a baseball game without any knowledge of the game, or barbecue a hamburger, or, well, any of the stuff they're expected to do on shows like The Apprentice.

One of the gals who made it through tonight was criticized by the judges for being a "tomboy" and not having enough "sex appeal". Kind of sad that that's a requirement. I bet you could go back through history and find plenty of unattractive princesses.

* I'm not saying all Brits are snotty, but the ones on this show certainly can be.

And here's a question -- if this is for the American princess, why do they have to know how to do all this Brit stuff?
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Well, George IV was married to Catherine of Brunswick, a German princess who happened to be his first cousin. (Don't let the picture on Wiki fool you; it apparently was painted to be greatly flattering. And apparently her personal hygiene was really bad. So bad that she and her husband had sex a grand total of three times over the course of their marriage (although both had other lovers). They had one child together, who died without leaving an heir; that's how the throne came to Victoria, because few of George IV's eleven siblings had legitimate children. (They were the first generation to grow up subject to the Royal Marriages Act, which required the monarch's consent for a member of the royal family to wed. Apparently, George III was a bear to get consent from, so most of them (including the girls!) preferred to live in sin.)