History’s Strong Lessons about American “Duchesses”
Extremely rich Americans, in days past, have played a roll in saving British families and their palaces from ruin and bankruptcy. American families, on the other hand, wanting the titles that went with the union between themselves and the British noblemen, flocked to the parties in England to find their “prince” charming. The parents sent their young women into a lion’s den of British customs that they were unused to in their lives in America. In many cases, the history of the lives of those who took this road was filled with heartbreak and sadness.
We here in the United States and around the world will glue ourselves to the TV to witness another formal bonding of a member of the Royal family and an American. Most will wonder why anyone would want to give up their freedoms to enter into a press world of paparazzi or a life when one’s every move is scrutinized….is beyond belief! Life in a castle could not be that great…and outside would probably be worse. It may be hard to just go out for a burger and an ice cream! Though the circumstances may be different from those American heiresses in the video below, one wonders what this life-style will bring to those willing to take the chance. Years from now, the memoirs of those who take this gigantic step in becoming a “duchess” or some other title will perhaps reveal the true story. Yes, history has strong lessons, that most will not learn.
In this blog and on this occasion of modern-day Royal wedding, we present a historical look at American women who have married men of the British elite. In particular, we learn about the daughter of the American Vanderbilt family, Consuelo, (shown above) and the British Duke of Blenheim Castle.
We definitely hope for a better outcome for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they wed and perhaps take that title.
VIDEO (Turn up sound and click on YouTube if instructed) Credit Smithsonian Channel