As for that church episode, I don't think there is a problem between the two Queens. It was one big misunderstanding and totally blown out of proportion. I watched the video from another angle (New York Times mention). And my interpretation is this: Queen Sophia clearly was talking to someone out in the audience. She grabs both girls and poses for the photo. I think she was responding to a request from someone she probably knew who said, "Let me get a shot of you and the girls." Letizia most likely thought it was a press photographer and she didn't want the photo in the newspaper. Royal children's photos are strictly controlled by the court's press office. That's all it was. No argument. I think Sofia was trying to accommodate someone from the audience and Letizia was telling her it might wind up in newspapers. When people are talking with animation and camera clicks, it can look like an argument. Queen Sofia is frequently photographed with the family, so it begs belief that she doesn't have contact with the grandchildren. Sofia and Letizia both are too experienced in the art of public relations (and royal protocol) to have participated in a public spat. (You notice the press has not dragged out some of those people who were standing practically an arm's length away to come forward and tell what they heard.)
: I don't agree that based on a bit of camera
: footage from one angle you can make a
: balanced and well informed judgement of what
: actually happened and what lead up to it.
: Part of my history studies involved film
: history and looking at how images can be
: used to manipulate. As part of that course
: all the students had to use the same bit of
: footage but each duo had the task of giving
: it a complete different context and emotion.
: You might be surprised how a harmless bit of
: footage can look sad, joyous, creepy,
: historic and funny just by the way you
: present it.
: Marie Chantal is not close to Letizia and
: Felipe. She may meet Sofia more often but
: does not mean she is a close confident of
: the Queen.
: She has however been married to a man who
: would like to be the future king of a
: restored Greek monarchy and her oldest son
: is his heir. As such she has spent enough
: time with royals from both reigning and
: non-reigning dynasties to know that having
: an opinion on matters is one thing but
: expressing it in public another.
: Marie Chantal is free to have her opinion of
: Letizia and how she and Felipe raise their
: daughters. Yet she tweeted her
: interpretation of something she did not
: witness and wasn't privy to based on a short
: bit of footage and lots of media coverage.
: That does not show a well balanced response
: of HRH the crown princess of Greece that was
: Chantal Miller shooting from the gut. So i
: find it really strange that you have no
: problem in calling out Letizia on whatever
: she said that might have hurt her
: mother-in-law but at the same time you
: defend Marie-Chantal who certainly made a
: faux-pas by posting something negative about
: another Royal.
: You claim Letizia is keeping her daughters
: from their paternal grandmother yet we see
: the girls interact with Felipe's parents and
: his mother especially time and time again.
: This was the first time Leonor herself was
: not too keen on being held by her
: grandmother but that hardly can be an issue.
: Assuming her mother did overreact and said
: something hurtful to Queen Sofia that is all
: it was. An overprotective mother not finding
: the right words to say to her mother-in-law.
: Unfortunate but you have to put this one
: incident next to all the times we have seen
: Sofia and Letizia getting on very well. Yet
: you seem to prefer to drag in stories from
: the gossip papers about the eternal battles
: wives must have with their mothers-in-law.
: You also don't know anything of the
: circumstances leading up to the incident yet
: you have made up your own story of event
: using lots of unconfirmed stories about the
: relationship between the two women. I prefer
: not to judge anyone in the incident because
: i don't know all the information and don't
: expect to ever get the full context of the
: I do however know what Marie-Chantal did and
: how that kind of behaviour is viewed by
: other royals. To put it bluntly
: Marie-Chantal did a Sarah Fergusson.
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: All the empty trappings of a
: jet set air head. So yes someone who
: actually works and dedicates themselves to
: real problems gets a lot more respect from
: To begin with, MC is actually running a
: successful business, so she is not quite as
: idle as you suggest. But even if she spent
: all day lying on a sofa and gazing at the
: ceiling, she would still be right in her
: observations. We are not comparing
: lifestyles, but rather, judging an event
: that showed that Letizia was rude. One
: doesn't have to be working or be educated to
: voice an opinion.
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