Cheapskate Wisdom … About Prince William’s Engagement to Kate Middleton

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“Unemployed woman marries into welfare family.”

Ha!

That could be a headline from The Onion. But it’s actually the brilliant way the Economist linked to its story on the royal engagement.

For the record, the magazine endorses William’s choice, and here’s why:

Miss Middleton is very pretty and the newspapers like her. Her appeal is more modern than Diana’s. In an age mildly embarrassed by the royal males’ enthusiasm for wearing tweed and killing wildlife, her middle-class origins are a plus. That her forebears include Northumbrian miners and her mother was formerly an air stewardess, that her parents made their own money, and that she met the prince at university rather than a stately home, can only do her good.

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