The Royal Treatment
Since the birth of the little princess, people around the world have been abuzz with excitement.
I refer, of course, to my granddaughter, Chloe.
People seem excited about Princess Charlotte, too.
That goes for the royal family, but it also goes for my family because Chloe’s daddy, Guillaume, refers to Charlotte’s big brother, Prince George, as “my future son-in-law.”
And now Chloe and George could get a chance to meet. According to published reports, the royal family is renting a mansion for the summer in the Hamptons, which are a birthstone’s throw from my family’s home, the Zezimanse.
“I think Chloe and George would be perfect for each other,” said Patrick McLaughlin, a licensed broker for Douglas Elliman Real Estate in East Hampton, my second-favorite Hampton after Lionel. “They’re a little young yet,” McLaughlin added, “but I have no doubt that one day it will be a marriage made in heaven.”
I have no doubt, either. As I explained to McLaughlin, Guillaume and my younger daughter, Lauren, were married in the South of France in 2011, one day after George’s parents, William and Kate, were married in England. That made the royal couple the opening act for the real Wedding of the Century.
After I wrote to William and Kate to congratulate them, I got a lovely letter in return, thanking me for my good wishes and wishing Lauren and Guillaume the best.
When George was born in 2013, four months after Chloe, I sent a congratulatory letter to Prince Charles, from one grandfather to another. He must have been all ears, because he sent me a postcard of himself and his lovely wife, Camilla, as a token of his appreciation.
Naturally, the Zezimas were ecstatic when Charlotte was born in May, though we know that Chloe is the true princess.
“That’s safe to say,” McLaughlin noted. “I can see why George would be eager to meet her.”
In addition to selling and renting real estate to the rich and famous, whose identities are his little secret, McLaughlin writes a whimsical blog for Hamptons Chatter, a website that contains chatter about — you guessed it — Grand Forks, North Dakota.
No, I mean the Hamptons.
“I have fun with it,” said McLaughlin, who recently posted a piece about the rumored royal visit.
It began: “The royal formerly known as Prince William, now known as Kate Middleton’s husband, is apparently planning to bring his Windsor brood to spend their summer in the Hamptons! I know! I know! I’m as excited as the next Anglophile!”
I’m excited, too! And not just because of McLaughlin’s propensity for using exclamation points!
“Hi, William,” he continued. “Hopefully, you didn’t buy that real estate yet and you’ll be calling me as your agent in the near future.”
McLaughlin offered some suggestions about must-see spots in the Hamptons.
“One of them is Cyril’s, a great dive bar,” McLaughlin told me.
“I’ve been known to frequent dive bars,” I said. “Maybe William and I could have a pint of ale.”
“Then,” McLaughlin suggested, “you could take him to Home Goods. That’s another place he absolutely has to see.”
“I’m sure Kate would love to shop there,” I said.
“And she’d get great bargains,” said McLaughlin, adding that the royal family simply has to visit Martha Stewart, who has a home in the Hamptons. “She loves drop-by guests,” he noted.
“Do you think Martha would love it if I dropped by?” I asked.
“I’m sure she would,” McLaughlin said. “She might even bake you a cake.”
But the real highlight would be a royal visit to my house.
“It’s not technically in the Hamptons,” I said. “But it has a nice backyard with a slide and a kiddie pool.”
“Chloe and George aren’t old enough for cocktails by the pool,” McLaughlin said, “but you could serve them juice in sippy cups.”
“It’s a little too early to start planning a wedding,” I said. “But I know it’ll be love at first sight.”