From: Cornwall, UK
ORIGINAL: Punk Reaper
The problem is that the Queen has been an excellent monach on the throne for 60 years. However the vast majority of British people do not want Prince Charles on the throne.
There's nothing whatsoever to support your claim that "the vast majority of British people do not want Prince Charles on the throne". Actually a simple majority do, the first time in a decade more have wanted that than him to stand aside in favour of William. LINK LINK
I'm with shunwick on the hereditary monarch thing - it suddenly seems a much better idea as soon as you consider the recent likely candidates for any elected replacement. There are also significant advantages to having a non-political head of state both constitutionally and, particularly, diplomatically.
As to the family themselves, it's the usual mix of good things and dumb things that most people do albeit on a rather grander scale. Sure, Harry was dressed a a pretend-Nazi at a costume party. He was also on a front-line tour in Afghanistan until some Aussie press story announced he was there. The latter is a rather more solid judge of character IMHO. Likewise with his uncle, who served in a little flap in the South Atlantic you may have heard of. So, Chuck and Di's marriage didn't work. That's the way it so often is whether Royal, elected politician or ordinary pleb. I won't go into stats about how many people are miserable in their marriage and have affairs at some point; it's hardly necessary.
I find the suggestion that life of a Royal might actually be preferable to one of adequate material comfort, very modest career success and complete anonymity, such as mine, absolutely bizarre. You would have to be out of your mind IMHO, to choose that if you had a choice. Choice is the big problem, born into that family you are denied so many that the rest of us take for granted. I value that a lot more than a big house or three and lobster on tap. And what use is the extra pulling power when you can't have a date without swarms of paparazzi for company?
< Message edited by Hertston -- 6/3/2012 3:04:05 PM >