: People seem to respond best to perfect
: strangers! Look at all the wives of all the
Have you thought it could have to do more with the heirs and their natures ?
Charles was the dull, eccentric, esoteric who talked to plants and vegetables and then arrived bombshell Diana who soon became the star of the BRF.
Philippe was a dull un-charismatic prince who benefitted a lot from the overwhealming charm, elegance and sympathy of Mathilde.
Don't know about the polls but for me she is the star of the Belgian RF.
Frederik was often portrayed as a good-for-nothing-playboy-party-lover who was (partially) tamed by beautiful and elegant Mary.
Willem was also the not-so-bright dull prince who liked to play with his planes, until he found the so popular extro-verted Maxima who stole the show at the DRF.
Felipe was probably the most approved crown-prince among this lot, but many think his condition benefitted from the presence of Letizia (although I am not among those who give her that credit )
All those men benefited from the presence of beautiful, glamorous, intelligent and caring women at their side, supporting them privately and in public (Diana until a certain point).
Besides, on a pratical note, they achieved what was expected of them - all of them provided the ever-necessary heirs.
But would the reverse be true ?
Victoria always seemed an extroverted, beautiful and caring person.
She married a not very glamorous low key Daniel.
He made his "contribution" to produce the expected heirs, but I don't expect he will ever be as popular in Sweden as Maxima is in the NL.
I don't believe Amalia's husband will be the more popular member of the DRF - and wonder if the family would approve that this strange would steal them the limelight.
Again and again, the role of a consorte is different when it is a man or a wife.
And Holland has a very colourful history of consorte-princes with Henrik and Bernhard .
Claus was of course in a different league.
Maxima was unknown and within two
: years the most popular member of the DRF!
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