The One Way Queen Elizabeth is Harming the Royal Family

Queen Elizabeth is one of the most popular members of the royal family. The public is generally very fond of Her Majesty and approves of what she has been doing for the past several decades.

However, this does not mean that Queen Elizabeth is a perfect, infallible monarch. In fact, there are some things that Queen Elizabeth does that could be hurting the royal family’s image more than she realizes. 

Queen Elizabeth has strict royal rules

Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the state banquet.
Queen Elizabeth II | Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Although they are living in the 21st century, the royal family is usually known for being rather traditional. A lot of that has to do with the fact that Queen Elizabeth has some strict rules for her family members.

For example, royals have specific dress codes that they must abide by. There are also rules they must follow when eating with the queen, such as holding their teacups a certain way and only eating when Her Majesty is eating. Back in the days, there were even rules against royals marrying a divorcee and against sending royal children to public schools.

Although Queen Elizabeth has become more lenient about certain rules, there is no doubt that protocol still restricts a lot of what royals can and cannot do.

Queen Elizabeth often keeps quiet about social issues

Another way in which Queen Elizabeth does not align with the 21st century lies in the fact that she keeps quiet about social issues. Royals have a tendency to stay away from politics, so it is not surprising that Her Majesty does not get involved in anything that can be divisive for people.

The queen usually patrons charity organizations that support educational institutions, hospitals, sports clubs, and animal shelters. It is rare for her to make any sort of big statement with her patronages.

In fact, when Princess Diana wanted to visit AIDS patients in the 1980s, the queen reportedly asked her: “Can’t you do something nice?”

Younger royals are more vocal about social issues

However, unlike Queen Elizabeth, many younger royals are breaking away from the traditional mold. They are foregoing some royal protocol and choosing to speak out about a few social issues that they care about.

For example, Prince Charles is an advocate for sustainability and has supported many charities focusing on the environment. Around the time when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were about to give birth to their son Archie, Prince Charles urged people to save the earth so that the next generation would not have to inherit “this completely polluted, damaged, and destroyed world.”

Meanwhile, Prince William and Kate Middleton support a lot of mental health organizations. The couple has advocated for de-stigmatizing mental health issues and even shared that they practice what they preach in their own home by being emotionally available for their children.

Prince Harry and Markle have made it clear they are feminists. They both support a lot of causes that look to empower women all over the world. Duchess Meghan even works with organizations that help women of color in the U.K.

Is Queen Elizabeth harming the royal family?

These days, people tend to appreciate progressive public figures who take a stand on social issues, which is why the younger royals have gained a lot of popularity over the years. There are reasons to believe that Queen Elizabeth could be harming the royal family’s image and holding them back from relevancy.

However, at the same time, Queen Elizabeth is still extremely popular. She consistently receives high approval ratings, and some people have expressed that they fear what might happen to the monarchy after her death. It seems that her traditional way of doing things is not actually a big deal to much of the public.