The Royal Family is considered a pillar in the British cultural and political landscape. The country tunes in for their weddings, places bets on their baby names and earnestly discusses their wardrobe choices. However, polling shows that many people have a critical view of the royals and do not support the way they operate – for example their secrecy or tax-avoidance – or the public money that's spent on them. Given the monarchy's diminished role in politics, is it time to get rid of the royals? Or do they still serve a purpose in modern society?
Yes, we should abolish the monarchyShow moreShow less
The monarchy is an outdated and problematic institution that has no place in the modern UK.
The monarchy's years of unacceptable behaviour, which would not be tolerated without the protection of entitlement, privilege and self-serving societal elite, are now increasingly exposed due to increased media scrutiny and less deference which has covered up things in the past.
Prince Andrew’s links with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his tone deaf, car crash interview which demonstrated a total lack of remorse for the victims and a level of arrogance that no longer sits well in society is an example of the irrelevance of royalty and abuse of their privilege.
This is nothing new - in 1811 at the age of 25, the Prince Regent, famously dissolute and extravagant, had to be bailed out by parliament at an amount what would today be tens of millions of pounds, after getting through his very generous allowance.