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azadi

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Inevitable is too strong. Hardly anything is inevitable, especially in human affairs. However, I do fear it likely enough that the monarchy in Australia will be endangered in the foreseeable future.

I'm not opposed to Australia and Canada remaining Commonwealth realms, because of their historical and cultural ties to Britain, but monarchies can't survive, if they aren't tied to nationalism. That's why republicanism is strong in Australia and in Canada, while republicanism is weak in Britain. 
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex yesterday attended their last scheduled royal engagement. The report here covers that and also their various other activities over the last few days. And here is a surprisingly sympathetic view from the Independent, a republican newspaper as we all know. It is very much my hope that Their Royal Highnesses (which they will not cease to be, only to be known as) will at some time in the future decide to return to Britain and to full-time royal life, where they will both be missed.
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And then this rather embarrassing thing happened....

Nothing terribly scandalous was said, but it illustrates the increased risks the Duke and Duchess will face away from the royal family.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8099967/Full-transcript-Prince-Harrys-bizarre-call-Russians-pretending-Greta-Thunberg.html

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Today, 31st March, is the last day, for now, that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be using their royal titles. They are widely reported to be residing in Malibu, California (and thus rubbing shoulders with Bob Dylan, if anyone rubbed shoulders with anyone else these days), having left Canada with their infant son just before the border closed. The reason for the move has been variously cited as avoiding double taxation and proximity to the Duchess's widely-admired mother. Her not at all admired father has been quoted as saying they should instead have headed back to Britain to support the Queen. His fee for the quote has not been revealed.

Plans are that in a year's time the situation will be reviewed, with a possible return to royal life. While I would certainly like to see that I also hope that their ambitions for a successful life as a couple and reduced exposure to the media glare for themselves and their child will be realised. In the meantime there is the question of what to call Their Royal Highnesses from tomorrow. Their Graces would seem obvious but has not been mentioned even once that I have seen. Harry and Meghan will doubtless be their preference. I think I'll stick to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, wordy perhaps but both accurate and respectful.
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Plans are that in a year's time the situation will be reviewed, with a possible return to royal life. While I would certainly like to see that I also hope that their ambitions for a successful life as a couple and reduced exposure to the media glare for themselves and their child will be realised. In the meantime there is the question of what to call Their Royal Highnesses from tomorrow. Their Graces would seem obvious but has not been mentioned even once that I have seen. Harry and Meghan will doubtless be their preference. I think I'll stick to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, wordy perhaps but both accurate and respectful.


It's gotta be real tough to be a royal these. Some of the crap that the media does to them (and others, to be sure) ought to be considered harassment. 

I honestly can't think of too many things in life I'd hate more than being a celebrity. But royals seem to have the worst of all worlds. They don't actually have any privileges afforded by law, they don't have the freedom to do as they please or even express political opinions publicly, and people are trying to photograph and report on every waking moment of their lives. Sounds like hell. 
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A young gentleman by the name of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is celebrating his first birthday today. Me, I'd rather call him Lord Dumbarton. Prince Archie of Sussex would be better yet. But I'm old-fashioned, I know, and I wish just plain Archie a very happy birthday and very many more of them, under whatever name.
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It's gotta be real tough to be a royal these. Some of the crap that the media does to them (and others, to be sure) ought to be considered harassment. 

I honestly can't think of too many things in life I'd hate more than being a celebrity. But royals seem to have the worst of all worlds. They don't actually have any privileges afforded by law, they don't have the freedom to do as they please or even express political opinions publicly, and people are trying to photograph and report on every waking moment of their lives. Sounds like hell. 


I agree that this is the case for the British royal family, but interestingly it seems to be different in some of the monarchies in continental Europe, including my own. Here there are actually annual photography moments with the royal family and almost no media seem interested in taking photos of them at other moments. So I think it's not just a matter of the modern status of royalty, but of a combination of that with the British tabloid culture.
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