Robert Pattinson: America Needs a Royal Family to Amuse Them (video) 1Robert Pattinson seems to have discovered a defect in American society. The nation needs a royal family so it can have something to gossip about beside Hollywood celebrities, he said in his latest interview. Someone besides him that is

The question came up during a sit down with New York Times writer David Carr for a regular event called “Times Talks.”

The talk, of course, was supposed to be about Pattinson’s new film “Cosmopolis,” and Director David Cronenberg was there to also lend his views. But the subject quickly, although indirectly, turned to the publicity surrounding Rob’s relationship with Kristen Stewart in the wake of her cheating affair with “Snow White” director Rupert Sanders.

“I think it’s because America really wants to have a royal family. You want to have a democratic royal family. It’s a meritocratic version of it, sort of, actually, no it’s not at all,” said Rob, causing Carr to draw a distasteful comparison with the late Lady Diana and Prince Charles. The audience jeered and whistled.

“So if you and [Kristen] have trouble, it’s like Charles and Di having trouble,” the disheveled writer with the ill-fitting suit, dyed hair and scruff of a goatee said

Carr seemed swayed by the reaction replied to laughter: “i wasn’t really going there, just so you know.” Umm… then where was he going?

The remark was in poor taste because the much loved Lady Diana’s marriage was destroyed by an affair between Prince Charles and his long-time lover, Camilla Parker Bowles, although Diana had numerous affairs herself. She was killed in a controversial car crash in Paris in 1997 with boyfriend Dodi Fayed.

Pattinson’s movie about a corrupt Wall Street financier premiered in New York on Monday (Aug. 15) and the 26-year-old actor has been making the rounds of talks shows, ostensibly to promote it. Questions about the scandal have been few and far between.

Check out the exchange with Carr below: