The world can feel like an utter and complete garbage fire at times, and our news cycle is both faster and more chaotic than ever before. Just logging on to social media in the morning can send me into a panicked state before I've even brushed my teeth—and I know I'm not alone in this. But everybody deserves a reprieve from time to time, and I've finally settled into mine: royals content.
Now, I'm no newcomer to British royal family fandom. As a kid, I followed along with the ups and downs of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's relationship via my mom's People magazine subscription. I know exactly where I was when news of Diana's fatal car crash broke. And until he got serious with Meghan Markle, I used to joke that Prince Harry was my longest (fictional) relationship. Although my dream of him marrying a slightly older American woman didn't pan out exactly as I had planned, I am very happy for them.
I have devoured every episode of The Crown, The Tudors, and even the CW's Reign. I've oohed and aahed over Prince George and his siblings like a faraway aunt they'll never meet. But recently there's been a shift in my focus—and my intensity. Given the sheer number of official royal handles, royals reporters, and Instagram fan accounts, I have quite literally altered my feeds' algorithms.
In other words, I wake up to each morning to an onslaught of imagery and tweets that don't make me want to crawl back under the covers. It's a delight, this royal Xanax.