Guiri Green wrote: I've always felt a bit sorry for most of the Royal family. They're victims of birth. None of them asked to be born into having their entire life mapped out, followed, scrutinised and commended on for good and bad. Having to watch your back and what you say knowing the slightest indiscretion or out of context comment will be on the front pages within hours. Those that chose to leave, find that actually they can't because the vultures still hover. No choice but to offer some kind of 'service' to the country or world.
As for gaining wealth and privilege from an accident of birth. If through our own merits, we became a successful musician, popstar or footballer, would we then, as a matter of principle deny our children any access to that wealth or deny them the privileges we have and just send them penniless, on their way ?
I've always felt a bit sorry for the Royal Family myself, but only a bit. Out in the real world, the vast majority of the human race effectively have their entire lives mapped out for them anyway, but in far less pleasant ways - by poverty, war, drought, famine, a lifetime of sweatshop slavery, living under an authoritarian government, and so on. For sure, some of the Royals "work really hard," but that's very much in context: they live a life of extreme privilege and luxury, and - well, get treated like bleedin' royalty wherever they go. I think they'd prefer that to life on minimum wage in a call centre or a sewage works, so my tears remain firmly unshed.
So yes, they pay a certain price for their lives of extreme wealth and privilege (at least the high-profile ones) - in other words, they actually have to do some work to justify it, and be careful what they say in public, just like every other public figure does - but they still have plenty of downtime to enjoy it all, what with all those minions tending to their every need and all those private estates like Sandringham and Balmoral to chillax in.