We had dinner today with a friend at a very good restaurant in our area. The drive to the restaurant, the meal, and the company of our friend made the afternoon a lovely one. As we ate, we heard bits of conversation from the tables near us. None of us were actually listening but one phrase broke right through my focus on our own conversation - a man at the table behind me said quite clearly, "It's not easy being a prince!" My ears nearly rotated backwards in my head, but I couldn't catch any more.
As we were ordering dessert, the folks at that table finished and left the restaurant. I immediately told Marlene and our friend what I'd heard, wondering if I could possibly have gotten it right. They had missed the line about the difficulties of royal life, but Marlene had overheard the same man say something about how the Van Dykes were held in trust so he couldn't sell them. Van Dykes, plural. Yes, it's hard being a prince.