British royalty would welcome the abolition of the monarchy if the British public wanted it, a royal author claims.
Jennie Bond, former BBC correspondent for the royal house, added that it would be “all right” for the royals to have an elected president: “Who wants to live in a goldfish bowl all their life?
Jennie Bond reported on the royals in the 1990s, during the chaotic divorce of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and has written books about Elizabeth ever since: Fifty Glorious Years and Reporting Royalty.
“If the country wanted to go down the road of presidency, I would be perfectly happy,” she told Platinum magazine.
“I think it would also be fine for the royal family – who wants to live in a goldfish bowl all their lives?
She added: “I firmly believe that in the event of a referendum the vast majority would vote for the status quo.
“Certainly, as long as the Queen remains on the throne and finally Prince Charles, who has earned a lot of respect in recent years, there is something undeniably stable that will help the nation.
“It is a quiet comfort to know that the Queen is in the background and in the foreground when we want her.
“This was perfectly illustrated when she gave her speech during the pandemic.
“It was so reassuring to hear her say that the pandemic will pass and we will meet again.
“But that is not surprising, because she has provided stability throughout our lives.
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Bond’s claim echoes Prince Harry’s own comments in an exclusive interview with Washington Newsday in 2017 before the 20th anniversary of his mother’s death.
anniversary of his mother’s death. The Prince said: “We are involved in the modernisation of the British monarchy. We are not doing this for ourselves, but for the good of the people…. Is there anyone in the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will fulfill our duties at the right time.
The prince’s own aversion hardened in the following years as his relationship with Meghan Markle blossomed in marriage and their first child, Archie.
Eventually, Harry announced that he and Meghan would give up their royal duties in January and fulfill his last public obligations in March before he would start a new life in California.
Historian Robert Lacey, a consultant for The Crown, recently suggested that the public might turn against the monarchy once Charles ascended the throne alongside his wife Camilla.
In a November interview for author Alain Elkann’s website, he said that the public could turn against the monarchy: “I would not be at all surprised if in five or six years, when the Queen is still alive, the British decided that they did not necessarily want a King Charles III.
“And why should we have a Queen Camilla? Why should we enshrine and glorify this relationship that made the young brothers so unhappy in the 1980s and 90s that they now live on opposite sides of the world?