I awoke this morning to find Prince Charles had once again bumped Syria and a bunch of other important stories out of the headlines. Any time a member of the royal family leaves the house (and sometimes when they don’t), it seems to be newsworthy. But why?

What difference is there between a reality TV show “star” and a member of the royal family? Has either done something markedly important to deserve our attention? Does either do anything significant to contribute to our society or affect my life? Does either have any real power? Why do they deserve this attention?

They don’t. There are enough shitty magazines devoted to covering every aspect of their lives. We don’t need it from the “real” news media too.