Prince William is being accused of sexism, and… I’m not really seeing it? Don’t get me wrong, I will accuse William of all sorts of things, and if you asked me if I thought William displayed a sexist attitude in general, I would probably agree. But in this particular instance, I think he just came across as dorky and like he was trying too hard to seem casual and “normal.” William sat down for an interview with BBC One. The interview will air on Saturday, but they’ve released some excerpted quotes, including one quote where William refers to Duchess Kate as “the missus.” That’s the scandal. The quotes:
When will William bring George to a football game? “I don’t know, I’ll have to pass that by the missus, see how I can get away with it! At the moment, being only 22 months, it’s a little bit early.”
He’s a big Aston Villa fan: “A long time ago, at school, I’d just got into football big time. I was looking round for clubs to support and all my friends at school were either Man U fans or Chelsea fans. I didn’t really want to follow the run of the mill teams, and I wanted to have a team that was more middle of the table, that could give me the more emotional rollercoaster moments – to be honest, now looking back, that was a bad idea. I could have had an easier time!!”
George & Charlotte can support who they like: “But if he supports Villa, it’d be fantastic…I’d love to go to the odd match with him in the future. It’ll probably end up being that Charlotte is the Villa fan, and George will go and support someone else!”
His work as President of the Football Association: “There’s a number of things that could do with being changed. I’d like to see racism stamped out for starters – in all competitions. I think, domestically we’re very good at it, and we’re a lot better to be than we used to be, and actually I think we’re now a leading light in it. There’s still much more to do, but I think we’re very good. I think the rest of Europe probably and the world have some catching up to do.”
The Telegraph said William’s use of “the missus” was “casual sexism” and they actually make a pretty good point – that he’s playing into the idea that he’s one of the lads down at the pub, grateful for a few hours away from “the old ball and chain.” Which, let’s face it, really is how William thinks. He loves to get away from Kate and his children whenever possible so he can go off and do… whatever (Jecca Craig?). Now, all that being said, my first impression of his quotes were that William needs Kate’s “permission” about anything having to do with their kids. As in, she’s raising them and he’s a largely absent father.
Photos courtesy of WENN, BBC One.