This Little Prince Brings Another Chance to Get It Right. ~ Michelle Marchildon

Via Michelle Marchildon
on Jul 25, 2013
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Love means never having to say you are sorry if you are heavy.
Love means never having to say you are sorry if you are heavy.


Along with the rest of the world, I have been enthralled by the new little prince.

I’d say everyone is excited except there are a few sourpusses who think the royal family is a sham (um, really?), and they will probably write in to tell me that it’s a sham, but guess what? I don’t care.

dianaLe Petit Prince, named just today George Alexander Louis, is a symbol in so many ways of how we long to get it right. His arrival reminds us of his father’s birth, when the beautiful Princess Diana emerged from the very same hospital 31 years ago with William in her arms. If you don’t remember that moment, then perhaps you know how her story ended?

The story of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer is among the greatest tragedies of modern life. Young teenage girl (mortifyingly pronounced a virgin by the royal physician) falls in love with older prince, the future king. They met exactly 13 times, and then got married.

The display of pomp and pride at her wedding was apparently the high point of the romance, because if you look carefully, you can see the Prince’s mistress in a front row seat as Diana was led to the altar. I don’t know about you, but in my weddings, we kept the exes as far away as Texas.

In the end, Diana was unhappy in her marriage, but found joy in her children and in her charitable work. Then she died in a car crash after being chased by paparazzi.

Now it seems that her son, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is doing everything he can to write a new ending to the sad story of his parents’ lives.

First of all, unlike his father (who probably picked Diana out of a “look book” of eligible, virginal girls with a title), William fell in love with his wife the old fashioned way: he met her in a bar. He first took notice of Catherine Middleton at a college “fashion” show where she modeled barely more than a bathing suit. “Whoa,” he was reported to have said. The fact that she was a commoner didn’t slow him down for a nanosecond.

Then there were the ups and downs of royal dating. You know, the break ups and make ups, except these were on the front page of the newspapers. It takes more than 13 televised visits to fall in love. The future Duchess of Cambridge was known as “Waity Katie.”

Finally, the Prince came to his senses, and I have it on good authority that he threw himself at Kate’s feet begging her to forgive him for being an idiot and take him back. This is how every successful marriage begins: dashing husband realizes who is in charge and learns to say, “Yes, dear.”

Hello Baby!
Hello Baby!

This week I watched the videos of the young couple emerge from the hospital and stand exactly where his mother stood 31 years earlier. Diana had an uncomfortable husband by her side. We know how that ended. But these two young people were gloriously happy.

We do not yet know how the story of the Prince and the commoner is going to end. This tale is filled with hopefulness that the child is not just an heir to Britain, but the successor to a love story that will finally come true.

I can see Diana now, but this time she is smiling from above because she did one thing well: she raised a son who is willing to break a few rules in the name of love. It seems that when it’s important, in matters of love and children, Prince William is willing to try, over and over again, until he gets it right. I’m glad there is finally a real “prince” in the royal family.




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About Michelle Marchildon

Michelle Berman Marchildon is the Yogi Muse. She’s an award-winning journalist, and the author of Finding More on the Mat: How I Grew Better, Wiser and Stronger through Yoga. Her second book, Theme Weaver: Connect the Power of Inspiration to Teaching Yoga, is for yoga teachers who want to inspire their students. Michelle is a columnist for elephant journal and Origin Magazine and a contributor to Teachasana, My Yoga Online and Yoga Journal. She is an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance and teaches in Denver, Co where she is busy raising two boys, two dogs and one husband. You can follow her on Facebook at Michelle Marchildon, The Yogi Muse. You can find her blog and website at And you can take her classes on


13 Responses to “This Little Prince Brings Another Chance to Get It Right. ~ Michelle Marchildon”

  1. Okay, thank you, because while I'm not one who thinks the royal family is a sham, I wasn't really interested in the new prince's arrival—until I read this.
    I love your fresh view on this entire situation. I'm willing to wager this is the single best article out there on the royal birth.

    (A small personal side-note is that I remember watching Diana's wedding even though I was not quite two years old. We watched it in a hotel in the middle of a family summer vacation.)

    Anyways, thanks again, Michelle for this original spin.

  2. Michelle Marchildon says:

    I woke up at 4 a.m. to watch Diana's wedding. She was a true princess, and she is all I could think about when I saw her grandchild. I really do think this story will have a happy ending.

  3. Me too. Thanks for helping me remember the princess-dreaming little girl hidden inside the snarky yoga practitioner 😉

  4. Moira Harris says:

    Lets get a little perspective here. The "commoner" he fell in love with is a multi millionaire. This child is born in to a life of privilege, funded by British tax payers like myself. On the same day thousands of little children were born in the UK, a third of whom will grow up in poverty. I wish the little prince and his parents no ill will and am happy for them and the obvious joy they are experiencing with their new family but my heart goes out to those other children born without fanfare and facing a life of poverty and lack of opportunity…

  5. Thanks for such a beautifully written article!

  6. Dianne says:

    Oh Michelle Love this…thanks. It is nice to see a real love story 🙂

  7. kate says:

    To whom it may concern:

    I, being a fan of Kate Middleton and all the royals, found it offensive when whoever decided to use the front picture of the imitators of William and Kate on the yoga ball. THAT IS NOT REALLY THEM. I am sure they wouldn’t appreciate it either. Many Kate fans take pride in the fact that she is a classy woman, that there would never be any way she would pose for such a picture. That ruined it for me. If you are going to write an article based around them and the new birth or whatever, AT LEAST USE PROPER PICTURES WITHOUT IMITATORS!!

    Have some respect! And class.

  8. Moreta says:

    I agree with Kate above; the picture is disrespectful.

  9. Jane says:

    You are missing the point. This story isn't about dollars or poverty. It's about LOVE. There are always, ALWAYS going to be those who have more than us or those who have less than us, but true love…forgive the cliche'…priceless.

  10. Rannoch says:

    I find it desperately sad that we fall for the fairytale of the shining Prince. It's a wonderful sleight of hand by the British and world media to ignore matters if significance and issue whilst presenting us with a "feel good" story.

    The British Monarchy are nothing more than the descendents of a thuggish ruling class. The privilege that they enjoy has come at the cost of freedom and autonomy for the population at large.

    So whilst we bask in the "legacy of the Olympics" and swoon at the Royal couple and their little Prince, it's worth remembering that this is nothing more than another manipulation, and judging by the above, they have delivered it perfectly.

  11. Ivana Janousek says:

    This must be a photoshopped image. Good work!

  12. Ivana Janousek says:

    Rannoch, I agree with you.

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