The royal family, should more accurately be called The London Royal Family. They never really leave their palaces in the exclusive parts of London.
The (very dubious) argument that they Are Good For Tourism should really read The Are Good For Tourism in Very Wealthy Parts of London.
There are however, transparently patronising attempts to win favour with the ‘regions’ of their kingdom….
The Prince of Wales ( lives in London )
The Duke of Edinburgh ( lives in London )
The Duchess of York ( lives in London )
not to mention the newly anointed…
Earl and Duchess of Dumbarton ( 175 Dumbarton Main Street – NAW !…only kidding. London. )
It’s a feeble distraction tactic by those who hold power. Could Duchess Meghan tell you a single fact about daily life in Dumbarton ?
But it is Scotland that’s most proving difficult for the PR spinners of the royal family. Because – despite being forced to stump up £35m a year – most Scots are not enchanted by the forelock tugging crap any more.
Rebellious Scots to Crush ( this is the 6th verse of God Save the Queen)
Some of our pals in England may wonder if Anti-Royal sentiment in Scotland is a symptom of a wider Anti-English feeling ? Nope, not the case – for most Independently minded Scots, the idea of Independence is motivated by democratic self respect ( is Scotland a country? Yes it is. Should the people of a country have the right to elect their own government ? Yes they should. See ? ), and to mischaracterise it as Anti-English is like Gammon Gavin the golf club moron braying that Feminism Is Just An Excuse to HATE MEN.
People in Scotland (including many of the English people who live here) want independence as a means to change society for the better.
And whilst the SNP leadership characterise an Independent Scotland as retaining the Monarchy, it’s fig leaf- essentially trying to keep an older, more shortbread strain of Scottish electorate on board. Even campaigners for Scottish Independence don’t want to make Monarchy a foreground issue, because, why frighten off the hesitant pensioners and Sunday Post readers ?
But there’s very little love for the royal family in Scotland.
There was just ONE party in the entire country for Harry & Meghan’s wedding. There was no bunting for any of the royal weddings recently. When a brand new Glasgow Hospital was named after the queen, over 16,000 people signed a petition to object ( wrote about it here ). The Scotland fans sang ‘Oh I’d rather have a Panda Than A Prince.” Only 41% of Scots are supportive.
So what can the Royal Family do ? Prince Charles regularly dreary’s himself up in a kilt and writes crappy tales about Lochnigar, but the effect is patronising, rather than ingratiating. It reminds Scots of The Laird, the Hunting Shooting and Fishing class who own Scotland with the result that the landscape is deserted so that they can gammon together and shoot things.
Central to all this is Balmoral. The Aberdeenshire castle has always been a key part of the Royals Love Scotland narrative. When the royals stay at Balmoral, a piper plays outside every morning to wake them. So you know, they’re in touch with what life is like for people in Glasgow. In fact, the very romanticised, pantomime image of Scotland that Queen Victoria confected -has held Scotland back for years. We bought the Balmoralification of our culture, but not any more.
The Firm also have an oncoming generational problem – do we really think that Harry and William will want to spend every wet September in rural Aberdeenshire ? I very much doubt it. An attempt to win favour was made by sending Prince William to St Andrews – and this is emphasised on every occasion – but St Andrews is hardly typical of Scottish life. Anyway, he didn’t like it.
And most significantly of all, the Queen politically interfered in the most important democratic event in Scotland’s modern history. The one rule of being a ceremonial monarch is don’t abuse your position.
She abused her position. Remember that.
None of this is tangible in the Relentless Grovel Fest that passes for royal journalism, but it’s happening on the ground. We’re on the road to a Scottish Republic ! ( but shhh…don’t tell anyone )
Everyone, across the UK, is welcome to my 2025 Balmoral Scotland Republic Party ( hopefully in the next 5 years ). We’ll put on Prince Charles’s old kilts and drink malt whisky and rifle through the attic searching for Seig Heil pictures.
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