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Posted at 9:08 AM ET, 12/22/2010

Anything but 'common'

By Autumn Brewington

In a lengthy article on the engagement of the queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips, the Sun reports: "As with William and Kate, the union of feisty 29-year-old Zara and Yorkshire-born Mike sees a 'commoner' joining the Royal Family. But despite his background, the 32-year-old rugby ace insists he has had no trouble fitting in."

The Washington Post had a front-page story Sunday on how the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton was stirring Britain's old class divide. "Technically, the [commoner] label fits. The 28-year-old daughter of former airline workers made good is not of noble blood and, hence, considered a commoner in the British tradition of class distinction. Yet the wide use of such an archaic and, to some, pejorative term is igniting a heated debate here about pedigree and status in modern Britain."

The Post quoted Evening Standard columnist Richard Godwin as, in my mind, nailing the real point: "But most of all, you look at Kate's background and you see there is nothing common about her."

Mike Tindall played rugby for England's national team and was part of the squad that won the sport's 2003 World Cup. Middleton met Prince William in college after attending an elite boarding school -- where the prince's cousin Princess Eugenie later studied. Is that really common?

Related: I like that this Daily Mail meet-the-Tindalls story ended by mentioning his "extraordinary family."

By Autumn Brewington  | December 22, 2010; 9:08 AM ET
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