Why Does the Royal Family Try to Stay out of Politics as Much as Possible?
The latest issue of Vogue magazine has caused a split in the United Kingdom. Edited by Meghan Markle, some feel that the issue is too political for a royal. But why would this upset people? Why can’t royal’s use their platform for political change? There’s a very important reason why royals must remain apolitical. Let us explain.
Meghan Markle angered some with Vogue issue
Markle spent her maternity leave editing the September issue of Vogue magazine, but the end result left many British citizens feeling lectured by the duchess. The issue split the United Kingdom in two, with some feeling proud of Markle for using her platform to bring attention to issues such as equality and racism, and others feeling the issue was one big push for radical, liberal politics — and inappropriate for a member of the royal family.
The main problem with the Vogue issue for critics was Markle’s choice of 15 Women Trailblazers. Instead of choosing a wide range of women, from all political spheres, Markle only chose women who were “Trump-hating celebrities from the far left.”
Markle’s editing of Vogue can be seen as both political and non-political, depending on who you speak with. But the issue isn’t about whether or not it’s political, just the fact that some people claim it’s political is a problem for the royal family. As Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe told the Sun: “Royals have not only got to keep out of politics but they have got to be seen to keep out of politics.”
Why does the royal family stay out of politics?
Why is it important that royal stay out of politics? After all, some argue that the royal family could use their position to bring important political change if they wanted to. And that could happen, but only if the royal family stopped caring about the longevity of their reign.
The British royal family has a shaky hold of the crown. Unlike in the days of history, where a king or queen could practically do anything their heart desired, today, the royal family only holds their position by the grace of the British citizens. Many countries around the world have abolished their monarchy because it was seen as outdated. But in the United Kingdom, the citizens love the royal family, and they cherish the organization as an important part of British culture.
However, this only works because the royal family keeps out of politics. Their role is to be a figurehead for the entire country and to work through charities to promote causes that benefit everyone. But they must not divide opinion, or they could find themselves in the same position as the abolished royals from other countries.
British citizens pay for the royal family’s lavish lifestyle through their taxes, because they love the family. If all of a sudden, the royals began acting like politicians, they would no longer have the support of the majority of citizens- and that’s a problem when they’re paying for your livelihood.
It would be easy for the United Kingdom to decide they no longer need a royal family if they were no longer serving the purpose they’re meant to serve. And the crown knows this — that’s why they are always on their best behavior, and they must always be aware of public opinion. And they must stay out of politics.
Could Meghan Markle bring down the royal family?
It’s possible that if Markle’s behavior continues, she could permanently damage the royal family. At this point, she needs to decide what’s important to her, being political or being a royal, because she cannot do both. Even if Markle is not intending to be political, she’s angering the public with her decisions, and if she doesn’t become more aware of how she’s perceived, it could cause big problems for the royal family.