A Bit Of Fresh Air?
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) had written: “For men may come and men may go, But I go on for ever.” (The Brook) The same can be said of the British Royal Family, as Democracy may come and Democracy may go… but the status of the Buckingham Palace remains the same. There has been a lot of debates about the importance of Monarchy in the Modern Age. However, the British Media and the Civil Society are still curious about their Royal Family and its members. When members of the Royal Family attend any event or inaugurate any programme, people notice their attires and ornaments. Not only the Britons, the Global Community, too, still have a keen interest in gossips about the Royal Family! The Royal Family members maintain a distance with the Civil Society, rarely meet the common people, enjoy the honour and dignity at social events and people make fun of them, occasionally… this has been the Tradition!
All of a sudden, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (respectively) – have made an attempt to break this Tradition, as the couple has announced that they would no longer be using their Royal Titles (or their Royal Highnesses) and would repay UK taxpayers USD 3 million. With this move, the Prince and his wife have made it clear that they want to live in their own style and to be financially self sufficient, without putting any pressure on the exchequer! Indeed, it’s a shocking move, as the members of the Royal Family are habituated to enjoy financial protection without any labour since their birth, to enjoying Royal status, and to being in the limelight always. If they want to live without these facilities, voluntarily, and to live like common people, then it is Revolutionary in a true sense.
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle
Soon after her marriage with Prince Harry, various rumours about Megan rocked Britain. It was mainly because of she is an American by Nationality, an Actress, a Divorcee, and above all, being born out of a mixed-marriage by her parents. The British media had reported that her family was going through a turmoil… then, people came to know that Harry and Megan had some arguments with Prince William and his wife Kate. It was also hinted that Megan lacked the required education that could help her get accustomed to the Royal etiquette!
However, the Duchess of Sussex has shown the courage to break the tradition of indifferent Royal ego or attitude. She not only slammed the British media, but also encouraged her husband to take legal actions against a magazine for publishing Megan’s personal letters written to her father. Recently, the couple announced that they would leave the Royal Palace. They may become poorer… but, they have the courage to face the challenge! For them, Freedom is much more important than Status.
In fact, any permanent settlement has a negative impact on the society. It is a positive step to isolate oneself from this sort of settlement. Harry and Megan have refused to carry the load of irrelevant scepter. They are trying to bring fresh air in the Buckingham Palace. It is difficult to predict what will happen next… however, people will always remember the couple for sowing of seeds of change!
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