July 8th, 2011
02:53 PM ET
[Editor's Note: Matt Grant is a Brit currently making his home in Los Angeles, and a face you may recognize from ABC's "The Bachelor." As California gets ready for a royal visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Grant is counting off the celebrity royalty already residing stateside.]
Over the Fourth of July weekend, I was a traitor to my home country. It started at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday night with a huge fireworks display and it ended, ironically, at a British bar in Santa Monica.
I drank, stuffed my face with grotesque volumes of barbequed meat products and celebrated my adopted country’s independence from my motherland. I didn’t go as far as to wear my stars and stripes underpants because 1) I don’t own any 2) who wears underpants? and 3) where would the stars go?
But I still celebrated Independence Day with the best of them, as I like my adopted country a hell of a lot. One thing that struck me, though, was how much the celebrations actually reminded me of home.
The red, white and blue, the old classic tunes the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra brilliantly played, the coming together of friends and the drinking, something the Brits & Irish pride themselves on.
Without a doubt, historically, socially and culturally it’s difficult to get much closer than the US and the UK, which brings me to this week's big story of Will and Kate, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Should we as Americans (hey, back off I’m almost one!) give two hoots that they are coming to our shores?
The British in me is quite excited, but I’m trying to figure out how interested I’d be if I were 100 percent American. Would I really care that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were coming to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara? Because when you think about it, we’ve got some choice celebrity royalty here already:
1. Oprah Winfrey, which is an obvious one, I know. Leadership skills? Check. National appeal? Check. Plenty of loot? Check. Empathy with the people? Check. True, her OWN network is running out of steam, but you know she’ll always bounce back. She’s a prime candidate for the US monarchy top spot.
2. Then we have the perfect All-American, glamorous family: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. He’s a great actor and she’s a great “First Lady,” which some of you may have seen if you were able to find the controversial “Kennedys” miniseries that wound up on the Reelz channel.
3. Next up, Brangelina. The happy couple with a collection of kids from every continent who shy away from the limelight. Angeline Jolie busts her balls for the UN and Brad Pitt busts his balls dealing with her and his ex… but thankfully not his ex ex, who could be a good candidate herself.
4. Why didn’t I think of that earlier? British rock royalty meets Hollywood royalty, and they even have a child named after a fruit.
So that’s it then. Who needs Will and Kate when we've got Oprah – who, let’s face it, we’ve pretty much already made our Queen.
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