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 Jeremy Paxman, the tough-talking anchor of BBC’s Newsnight, gave his take on the royal engagement between Prince William and Kate Middleton in an interview with Matt Frei on last night’s BBC World News America.

“A royal wedding is bread and circuses,” he said. “It is a happy event. Everybody enjoys a wedding.”

But he added: “The significance of the thing, of course, is another matter altogether. It’s original significance comes from the time when the king’s wife had to produce an heir. The first duty of any British monarch was to produce an heir, and kings and queens ruled.

“As they no longer rule, they merely reign, it has virtually no significance at all, except for one key thing, and it’s a big, big difference between the United States and Britain…”

What’s that one key thing? Watch the clip below:

Do you agree with Paxman’s opinion of the William/Kate wedding?

by Kevin Wicks

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.