June 7th might as well be known as Prince Day.
On this date in 1958, Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis and would grow up to become arguably the most wealthy, yet still justly egomaniacal and pompous Prince in history. I have been looking for a good way to connect Prince the Entertainer to Prince Charles but Charles has led such a banal existence, it’s not easy. I mean the guy did a cameo on Coronation Street once. You try linking Prince to that show. Impossible.
Being a Prince should instantly make you funky though. Just look at how funky Kevin Costner was for a short time after playing an American Robin Hood in Prince of Thieves. How did studio executives ever think it was a good idea to let Kevin Costner, Christian Slater and Morgan Freeman speak with little to no accent? Here’s the trailer, surprised they didn’t use any dialogue from the movie in it? Me neither – though someday I will figure it out.
Until then, here are some things that make Prince the Entertainer infinitely more funky and therefore princely than Charles the Prince of Wales:
Prince the Entertainer has won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. Charles the Prince of Wales has won the National Building Museum‘s Vincent Scully Prize in 2005, while visiting the United States and touring southern Mississippi and New Orleans to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina; he donated $25,000 of the prize money to help restore communities damaged by the storm. It always blows my mind when foundations award cash prizes to people who can afford and have access to diamond encrusted, 24 karat gold plated plutonium.
Edge: Prince the Entertainer
Prince the Entertainer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year he was eligible. Charles the Prince of Wales has been inducted into eight orders and received five decorations from amongst the Commonwealth realms, and has been the recipient of 17 different appointments and decorations by foreign states, as well as nine honorary degrees from universities in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. It always blows my mind when educational institutions award honorary degrees to rich and famous people when all I got for 4 years in University was a coupon for 94% off a Dean’s vacation.
Edge: Prince the Entertainer
For his work on Purple Rain, Prince the Entertainer he was the first entertainer to have the #1 single, #1 album and #1 movie all at the same time. Charles the Prince of Wales‘ second marriage to Camilla was the first civil rather than religious based royal wedding. Which is totally badass. I mean it had to have made stuffy old crotchety British people cry tears of malt vinegar and scowl harder than when Ozzy Osbourne bit off the head off a yorkshire pudding without saying grace first. Then to top it off, Charles and Camilla had to start the proceedings of their wedding by proclaiming:
We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we, from time to time, have committed by word, thought and deed, against thy Divine Majesty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us.
Winner: Prince the Entertainer
Well that about wraps it up, glad we got to the bottom of that. Prince the Entertainer really IS funkier than Prince Charles. Interestingly enough, it was also on June 7th 1993, that after having a spat with Warner Music, Prince the Entertainer had to change his name to that symbol (Happy Birthday Prince, Love Warner) and then exactly 7 years later to the day in 2000 he changed it back to Prince again.