You cannot call it love.

What Queen would? Royals may love one another but their marriages are public acts. They are diplomatic alliances, calculated political decisions. As a prince, Hamlet should have some sense of that. But maybe he’s been spoiled by the love he sensed between his parents. Maybe he didn’t get the memo that royal matches don’t tend to be love matches. Maybe that’s why he’s been messing around with Ophelia instead of sweetening up French princesses. Or Norwegian ones. Or whichever country’s princess is available and in need of Danish diplomacy.

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