The British monarchy is always under scrutiny and it is always having to dodge criticism and controversy. One could say that it comes with the territory when you are the biggest and most influential royal family in Europe.
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Over the years, the monarchy has seen a lot of pressure mounting against it. The main source is the Commonwealth. Indeed, when these countries gained independence some of them kept the British monarch as head of state.
However, as time moves forward an increasing number of countries have been wanting to take or have taken that role from the monarch. No amount of royal engagements and tours in those countries is helping. Worse, some of those tours have proven to damage the images of royals within the Commonwealth. In 2022, Prince William and Princess Kate failed massively during their tour of Jamaica.
Not only is the popularity of the royals down abroad, but even with the UK, one can observe the growing demands for a republic, especially these days (August 2023) when Prince William fails to disturb his summer plans to show support for the massively popular Lionesses.
However, this one royal watcher, who happens to be anti-monarchy, claims to have found 3 steps that could help King Charles and the royals save the monarchy
1. The royals need to give actual interviews
According to Symon Hill who writes for iNews, giving ‘proper interviews’ might be the first step for the royals to save their role. The term ‘proper’ is significant here as, even though members of the royal family do give interviews, those are usually prepared and rehearsed.
Not only that, it is known that the Royal Family has a tight yet conflicting relationship with the press, leading to often having interviews that aren’t challenging or real. Hill writes:
My respect for Charles would multiply several times over if he were to allow himself to be asked challenging questions on Newsnight or the Today programme.
Of course, people aren’t asking for a tell-all interview from King Charles or Prince William but maybe it would be appreciated if the senior members of the family would be willing to be questioned and challenged therefore recognising that ‘a head of state is accountable to his people.’
2. King Charles and Prince William should ‘engage’ with critics
The Royal Family has one motto ‘do not complain, do not explain.’ While this may have worked for previous monarchs, is it still relevant in the age of social media where everyone is faced with the consequences of their actions?
Symon Hill explains that ‘Charles has never held a public debate with republicans – or, as far as I know, even a private discussion.’ Not only that, Hill reports that when the monarch was asked by a member of the public about the cost of his coronation, he simply ‘turned away and declined to answer.’
Furthermore, Hill brings up the fact that ‘peaceful anti-monarchy’ protesters are repeatedly arrested or threatened to be. According to Hill, this kind of behaviour doesn’t inspire respect.
Can we really respect someone who apparently cannot cope with the mildest criticism?
3. The referendum
The final argument brought up by Hill is probably the most unrealistic one. Indeed, it is highly improbable that the Royal Family will be willing to hold a referendum concerning their future.
That being said, what is most interesting about Hill’s suggestion isn’t actually the referendum itself but the campaign around it. Indeed, a referendum comes with a lot of scrutiny. Even though the members of the family are used to that, they are not used to a scrutiny that asks them hard questions and that actually demands answers.
Would their motto hold up and allow them to stay in power or would their lack of comment bring them down?
Hill does come up with interesting points and maybe King Charles will take notes as rumours of a summit at Balmoral are going around.
Inews: Three key moves will help the monarchy save itself – but King Charles won’t like them