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5 Relationship Lessons To Learn From Simon Hastings And Daphne Bridgerton

5 Relationship Lessons To Learn From Simon Hastings And Daphne Bridgerton
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A cross between Gossip Girl and  Downton Abbey, Bridgerton is setting the cash registers ringing and how! Set in the British Regency period of the 1800s, Bridgerton is about a reputed family finding love for their eldest daughter. The show caught everyone’s attention not just for its costumes, lead pairs, or the now-regressive storyline, it also put the spotlight on one particular character and his love interest—Simon Hastings with Daphne Bridgerton. While a particular intimate scene between the two created a lot of buzz for its non-consensual details, there are a few lessons that we definitely learnt from their relationship. Here are five that we couldn’t ignore and will definitely be approved by Lady Whistledown (spoilers ahead):

1. Friendship Makes Love
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While the Duke had made a vow to his father to never birth a child of his own and carry the legacy forward, he also was cautious to not overstep his boundaries with his friend Anthony Bridgerton. The Duke and Daphne Bridgerton, although they start their pretend-relationship in order to attract more suitors for the lady, subsequently get thicker as friends.

2. You Can’t Control Your Feelings
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Throughout the time when the couple were pretend-dating each other, there were times when both felt strongly for each other, only they couldn’t express it out loud. They realised they were falling for each other, but couldn’t do anything about it. Feelings, as we all know, are not in our control. You can control when and how you want to express them, but you cannot control whom you develop feelings for. So, that’s one thing we learned from the royal couple – it’s best to leave the matters of the heart, to the heart!

3. Consent Is EVERYTHING

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The lovemaking scene that elicited a furore (where the duchess disregards the duke’s consent) made headlines for all the right reasons. Although filmmakers believe the scene was crucial to the plot, the biggest takeaway is that consent, even in marital relations, is necessary. Anything done otherwise can be considered marital rape.

4. Ego Can Ruin Relationships

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We might not need a full-fledged show to tell us that holding a grudge or having an ego can break any relationship – romantic or otherwise. The duke was unwilling to get married and procreate to keep up with his vow he made to his father on his deathbed. The ego he kept up for the longest to avenge his father’s hatred towards him made him a stone-hearted person and closed him up to every emotion there is. This, in return, created cracks in his relationship with his wife.

5. Never Lie

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Lying can ruin even a strong relationship, as that tests the trust factor in your equation with your significant other. No matter how grave the situation is or how deep trouble you might get into, sometimes it’s best to bear the brunt and get it over with rather than lie and stall; you'll make everything even more complicated. Lesson no. 1 – never lie!

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