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    Why put up with the Royals?

    CP made a comment in another thread about how the British Royal Family is a waste of taxpayer money and it got me to thinking, "Why does the UK and their subject countries (CA, NZ, AUS, etc) put up with the Royals?

    They don't DO anything. They don't govern, they are nothing but celebrities and figureheads.


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    Harry and Meghan's Wedding Is a Reminder That Britain Doesn't Need the Royals

    To hear pundits talking about the royals this spring, you’d be excused for thinking “The Royal Family” is a prime-time soap opera, with viewers obsessing over new characters, story lines and how it’s doing in the ratings. Bets were placed on what Prince William and Kate Middleton’s new baby would be, while commentators eagerly discussed whether the new character of Meghan Markle would manage to “save” the Royal Family by marrying Prince Harry. The answer to all this for most people around the world is simply: Who cares?

    The way Britain is celebrating Harry and Meghan’s wedding is a curious reminder that the monarchy is rarely evaluated in terms of its actual purpose, which is to provide Britain with an effective head of state. Few pundits seem sure of what that role entails or even why it’s needed, because unlike in the U.S., our head of state’s role is ceremonial rather than political. And so when a royal wedding happens—Will and Kate’s reportedly cost $34 million, paid for by British taxpayers—the debate usually hinges on two questions: popularity, and cost.

    ...But the story of the royal family’s value to the British economy was simply dreamed up by smart PR professionals to save an institution in crisis. In reality, according to our research, British taxpayers lose about $468 million a year just to have a head of state—a lot more than the official figure released by Buckingham Palace, which was $58 million last year. In fact, our monarch is one of the most expensive nonpolitical heads of state in Europe, at least 12 times more expensive than Ireland’s elected equivalent.

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    I almost posted that link as a thread, instead of just posting it as support for my premise that Harry is a huge global climate hypocrite.

    I'd love to hear from some UK people about their attitude to the royals, and why they maintain their rich and famous lifestyle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    I almost posted that link as a thread, instead of just posting it as support for my premise that Harry is a huge global climate hypocrite.

    I'd love to hear from some UK people about their attitude to the royals, and why they maintain their rich and famous lifestyle.
    Yeah it seems to me if anything represents rich white privilege and the 1%, it would be the Royal family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    Yeah it seems to me if anything represents rich white privilege and the 1%, it would be the Royal family.
    But they'd be like the 0.000017% or something, no?
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    The British monarchy is no longer about being a head of state. It has devolved into an entirely ceremonial position - which is perhaps why it is still around rather than having been violently overthrown like many other former monarchies in the region.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Pig View Post
    The British monarchy is no longer about being a head of state. It has devolved into an entirely ceremonial position - which is perhaps why it is still around rather than having been violently overthrown like many other former monarchies in the region.
    Are any members of the royal family actually serving in government? As an MP, Ambassador, etc?

    And why is Prince Henry making the rounds in Global Warming conferences and such if he has no authority to do anything? Just as a spokesperson celebrity?

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    I grew up watching the Royals when they were terrible for 20 years and it was all worth it when they finally won the World Series four years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingsGambit View Post
    I grew up watching the Royals when they were terrible for 20 years and it was all worth it when they finally won the World Series four years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    CP made a comment in another thread about how the British Royal Family is a waste of taxpayer money and it got me to thinking, "Why does the UK and their subject countries (CA, NZ, AUS, etc) put up with the Royals?
    I love the Royals, I guess at heart, because I'm a Christian, I'm a monarchist...
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    Quote Originally Posted by seer View Post
    I love the Royals, I guess at heart, because I'm a Christian, I'm a monarchist...
    Christianity doesn't really support any particular form of government.
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