Letter: Prince builds accord

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Amid the newspaper swiping at Edward Windsor ("Loss-making earl says UK hates success", 3 September), I have not heard of one word of appreciation for the superior quality of his documentary films. Nor have I met or heard - in two months in Britain - of anyone who has seen one of his films.

We have seen them on America's Public Television. They are admirable for scholarship, photography, and presentation. Edward Windsor's informal, graceful and informative commentary is giving American viewers an impression of a more human side of the Royal Family. Is not this a contribution to British-American amity and understanding?

And is it not possible that, since Britain has not seen the films, Edward Windsor is correct in his view (if that is really what he said), that Americans are more ready to accept new ideas?


Department of English

University of Missouri-Columbia