I see the Royals as an interesting anachronism which l would be sorry to lose. Sure there is an element of nostalgia to my youth when Royals seemed to be much more respected.....and with good reason given that society was different and that their possibly outdated stance was less obvious then
I still remember after watching the film; ‘ The Battle of Britain’ at a cinema in Worcester in 1969 how everyone in the audience stood for the playing of the national anthem before leaving!
My father was in the Royal Navy and I attended two Royal Navy schools. At least two of my tutors were WW2 veterans on land and sea against the axis powers. They also carried the injuries to prove it, some physical, some psychological, but respect for them was a given. As was the culture towards an overriding allegiance to our commander in chief.
The secondary school was run very much like a ship in which we were trained to understand that whatever you did or didn’t do affected the well being of your ‘ship mates’.
Not a bad system really and it would teach many a youth of today a thing or two.
I know little about it, but l would guess that organisations like ‘The Princes Trust’ tries to Propagate a similar culture.
My main interest in the monarchy today would still have to be for the history. This interest also attracts many a visitor and their millions into our tourist and hospitality trades. This was the trade to which I contributed by driving to London daily. My works van also displayed a ridiculously oversized royal crest, which combined with the vans conspicuous livery did make me nervous when close to protest marchers and the prospect of a anarchic element. But hey ho!
So what of today’s Royals? I don’t know how much of an ordeal Megan claims to have gone through, but l understand that the Queen went the extra mile and gave her extraordinary privileges to make her feel welcome. I can’t help thinking about the people with much darker complexions I met in the city who had to work all the hours they could just to keep a roof over their heads. The British people were largely prepared to give Megan a very nice roof for free. All she had to do was learn a few lines, or write a few herself, smile and make some people happy. Should have been easy for an actress. I’m not saying that Harry was wrong to jump ship if that’s what they really wanted, but the less said about that interview the better.
I thought at one time that the Queen should have stepped down on the passing of the queen mother to give Charles a chance to apply himself. While others have suggested that after the death of Diana the public just wouldn’t buy it until a suitable time had passed (30 years?). But who would want to start the job at the age of 78/9?
Yes I agree that William would be a good King who has the insight create a valid role for a monarch in this century.