The Princess We Really Miss

Editorial / July 20, 2010

Ky postim ekziston gjithashtu në Vesionin Shqip

The Conduct is the secret. Whether it is classy or not, it is noticeable by all. Sometimes we pretend to miss the others’ faults, We try to forget our faults. At the end of the day, we realise that a good conduct comes not that easy. Especially when you have not been taught since in the womb or when your company is not the right one or when you fail to overcome yourself for personal reasons. In fact, many years ago, I browsed a magazine, published in 1938. Its title was “10 years kingdom.” Many things stroke me. But I will never forget its first interior page which had listed rules on how the women had to behave in the table in order to look as real ladies. For example, women should not cross their legs when in a restaurant. Instead they should lean them slightly while elbows should never be leaned on the table. At the same time, the rules referred how women should get on and off the car. This kind of education was passed through a magazine. Albania of that time, so poor and exhausted, wavering between the East and the West, was trying to embrace the West. At that time, Albania had a Queen. She was Queen Geraldine. She was Hungarian. Of royal blood, she is still remembered even to date for her particular grace. The problems the kingdom suffered after the 1944s and its failure to return Albania are issues which belong to history to be studied. What I want to stress out is that sort of aristocratic spirit the Queen Geraldine tried to inject in the Albanians. I had forgotten about the royal family until the very day, I, alongside with the journalist, met with Prince Leka and his graceful fiancé, Elia Zaharia. The interview hit me for some simple reasons: the way Prince Leka treated each questions and secondly, his brilliant probe on each of them. His classy conduct, the one which you don’t come across very often nowadays, impressed me. He was calm as he had chosen a woman he considered as light in his family though she had broken the aristocratic rules and had crossed her legs in the official photo with the royal representatives. What was important for him was that Elia was willing to learn. And soon. She showed that during their engagement ceremony in Paris. She has many plans in the store. I wish she can make all of them true. In fact, it is not that I care much about this aspect. What I saw was a demanding Elia. That’s important. Part of a royal family, young, beautiful and capable, she won’t simply bring light in the royal family. She will shed light on what the Albanians are badly missing, aristocracy.

Ky postim ekziston gjithashtu në Vesionin Shqip

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Irena Shabani
Is an Albanian freelance journalist and human rights activist specialising in investigative journalism. She co-founded Panorama, the leading newspaper in Albania, where she served as managing editor from 2002 to 2003. Prior to Panorama she was a journalist at Shekulli and Gazeta Shqiptare and has been part of the Albanian Human Rights Group from its beginning. She has collaborated on programmes for the International Research and Exchanges Board, investigating topics involving crime and political corruption and continues to collaborates with foreign organisations and local media focused on social problems and minority rights.

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