The Crown is a parasite that exploits both the monarchy and a gullible public

The younger members, especially the Duke and Duchess of York (the latter whose carnal antics are easily portrayed in the series; God knows what will happen to him) and Diana, Princess of Wales, have become considered by the media like members of a soap opera. However, royals regularly do something that soap opera actors don’t – they cost substantial amounts of public money, in return for which, again unlike soap opera stars, they perform a range of public tasks. Any sense of ‘right’, therefore, plays badly with an audience schooled by elements of the tabloid press to find it outrageous, all the more so if the rights holders then behave badly.

While the late Queen and her husband were treated with care and caution – until later in the 1990s hysteria began to hold them partly responsible for the death of their daughter-in-law with her baby. cokehead friend in a car accident in Paris – other royals were not.

There was a proxy civil war waged by the press in which some members were pitted against others – not least the imperfections of most of them contrasting with the wonder of the late Princess of Wales. The mockery sealed the serial character of the exercise and was undoubtedly good for the circulation of some of these newspapers. Their readers have indeed found it entertaining; but good judgment has been suspended in some editorial staff over the harm this could do not only to the head of state’s family, but to the head of state himself and to the country’s international reputation.

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