London is renowned as a center of culture and history, but it is
not generally considered a haven for hounded celebrities.
Tell that to the royal families of the world. According to London's The
Times, Prince Constantijn, youngest son of Queen Beatrix of the
Netherlands, and his bride Laurentien Brinkhorst are moving to London,
in part to "escape media interest in their lives."
Moreover, as they are not on the civil list and must actually find
gainful employment, one might think the press-shy pair would perhaps
pursue low-profile careers.
But while the Prince will take up a post with management consultants
Booz Allen & Hamilton, Princess Larentien will continue to work in the
heady world of PR for BSMG Worldwide.
She already worked for Adamson in Brussels, part of BSMG, prior to
getting married. No one at BSMG was available to comment on what sort of
position Princess Larentien will be assuming in London.
But it is fair to assume that she has learned a few things about the
pitfalls of the PR paycheck from fellow royal the Countess of Wessex
who, with her husband, Prince Edward, was a guest at the couple's civil
wedding last week.
The Countess' own PR shop, R-JH Public Relations, fell into disrepute
when a News of the World newspaper reporter, disguised as a sheik and
potential client, taped revealing conversations with Wessex and her
partner, Murray Harkin - both of whom were forced to resign.
But no one is surprised anymore at the lengths the UK press will go to
in order to get the dirt on a royal personage. That's what makes the
couple's decision to "seek their privacy in London" rather astonishing.
Hopefully, the Princess is an expert in media relations.