Post by Kevin on Jan 20, 2020 1:25:03 GMT
I think Harry and Meghan are doing the only sensible thing they could do....get as far away from a toxic situation where they can’t win (soap operas always have sad bits or they are boring!) ....Princess Anne had the right idea....perhaps they could all have a pact to make all the children commoners and stop being royal!
British monarchs haven’t ruled for a few hundred years now. People forget we tried getting rid of them once - chopped a head off for good measure too - and it didn’t work. As a nation we are better as a whole for having it, whether you’re a fan or not. You only have to look at the way the public looks to The Queen in times of trouble, or the way we chose to celebrate her milestones - even over the last few weeks, look at the way people (not just the media) have discussed how disrespectful this whole Harry thing has been to her.
We could function quite happily without her but I don’t think it would be as fun. British politics has no real pomp or ceremony about it (outside of The Queen opening parliament). If you become Prime Minister it isn’t a celebration like it is around the world: it’s very much a case of getting the keys to Downing Street and having to explain 24 hours later why the NHS hasn’t been fixed since you won the election. We tend not to respect our Prime Ministers and we don’t treat them like gods, say like in the USA. The best any of them can expect is for the public to say ‘well, you hasn’t messed up yet... but we’re watching’.
I don’t think people tend to dig into why they like the monarchy or why it works for us as a country. We are a country built on tradition and history, and throughout all that the monarchy has been there. Anyone old enough (or interested enough) knows the role the old king and Queen played in WW2 (Hitler even calling Queen Elizabeth the most dangerous woman in Europe) and as much as I hate to say this so bluntly, Diana dying re-invigorated interest and loyalty in the whole institution... allowing it to modernise and find a way to connect with the public in a way it hadn’t been. Because let’s face it, who on earth would have thought Camilla could ever turn things around and become rather popular?
There is something to be said I suppose for consistence and familiarity. Most of us have never known anyone on the throne except The Queen. We all learn about kings and queens at school and over the last few years, the Queen has celebrated a number of milestones that put her into the history books too - in essence, we’re witnessing living history and things that will probably be taught and known 100, 500, possibly even 1000 years from now. Just look at the sheer volume of people who decorate The Mall on such occasions. There is a bond between Queen and country.
Constitutionally The Queen has no real political power (as per King Charles III) but that doesn’t mean she has no power. We are talking about a head of state that commands the uttermost respect from all others around the world. Just look at the fuss cause when Michelle Obama happened to dare touch her: no one questioned the actual rule, just the fact Michelle had broken it. Then there’s the fact The Queen asked the commonwealth to appoint Charles as her successor as its head (which isn’t an hereditary position) which they did in unison. Not bad for a powerless woman in her 90s that has never voted in a single General Election (which legally, yes, she is allowed to do).