Married to a commoner Englishwoman himself, Alexis de Tocqueville would have approved of the latest royal union. Using insights from Democracy in America, Julia Shaw argues the splendid moment was "quite an American affair." What the visiting, onlooking Americans "were watching was not some imaginary fairy tale or even a typical lavish royal wedding. It was another American love story." They went abroad to meet themselves.
My favorite commentary on royalty in the modern world is on a less fortunate royal couple. Mark Helprin's splendid comic novel, Freddy and Fredericka, describes Charles and Di romping incognito across America and acquiring its virtues to make them fit for the royal throne.