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November 22, 2014

Translation of the article in Spanish published at http://www.antoniorico.es/2014/11/cayetana-en-hermano-mayor.html?m=1

Dear teenagers on “Big Brother”: from now on, whenever Pedro Garcia Aguado comes to scold you for wanting to skate through life, just remember what they are saying now on TV about the Duchess of Alba. You aren’t skating through your lives, you’re only living freely while challenging the conventions of your time. If you’re happy following your own whims and doing whatever the hell you feel like whenever the hell you feel like it, then just say it- to hell with what everyone else says. I do what I want. After all, it’s your right to be selfish, unsympathetic wretches, with no regard whatsoever for the people around you and thinking yourself the center of the universe, right? As the media and the House of Alba have taught us in recent days, such a lifestyle can well be described as, “Living it up,” “Being free spirited and ahead of your time,” and yes, “Living outside the box and according to your wishes.” Or better yet, go sling that hash to someone else, Big Brother.

Seriously, it’s one thing to live by your own rules if your name is Vanessa Pérez Pérez and you live in the Big Brother house, and quite another when you’re named María del Rosario Cayetana Paloma Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Fernanda Teresa Francisca de Paula Lourdes Antonia Josefa Fausta Rita Castor Dorotea Santa Esperanza Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva Falcó y Gurtubay, have waltzed from palace to palace from the cradle to the grave and have an estimated fortune of three billion euros. Being five times a duchess, eighteen times a marchioness, twenty times a countess and fourteen times a Grandee of Spain, it’s highly unlikely the “Big Brother” will come try to make a decent egg of you. However, your values and your lifestyle will apparently leave a life-sized impression on those who do face visits from Pedro Garcia Aguado. Do not forget, my dear idiotic teenagers: the only difference between a snot-nosed, apathetic punk and a one-of-a-kind rebellious Duchess is about three billion euros and fifty nobility titles.