The Cambridges: Full-Time Royals Or Not?

English: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, on...

English: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, on his first royal tour after his marriage, visiting Ottawa for Canada Day celebrations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Cambridges: Full-Time Royals Or Not?

On last week’s RoyaltyNow! radio show, I discussed whether or not the Duke of Cambridge could fulfill two roles at once. Can he be both an Air Ambulance pilot AND Prince? He seems to think so.

According to CNN’s Max Foster, the Palace says that Prince William’s job with the air ambulance will be his “primary occupation” but he will also take time to perform royal duties and charitable work. That’s quite a schedule! Prince Harry is a soldier as well as a royal, so Prince William should be able to manage pilot duties in between royal duties. Right?

Let’s take a look.

Prince Harry has been pegged as an insouciant wild child, but there’s no denying his work ethic. He has been overseas in the military serving Queen and country in horrible conditions. His patronages include helping people in need, whether it’s after a natural disaster or the children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in Lesotho, Africa.

Although he has a full-time career in the military as an Apache helicopter pilot, Harry still acts in his capacity as a prince representing the Queen. He carries out engagements and travels overseas as part of his royal duties.

This should all bode well for William. Some people say that by joining the air ambulance service, William is expanding the royal role. That the prince is helping people in need, much like Harry, and that he should be able to have this career without criticism.

Not only will he be helping people in need, the prince is giving his salary to charity. Good thing, since this civilian air ambulance he’ll be flying is run by a charity and probably needs the funds to keep running effectively.

It just seems so weird to me. I can’t shake it. Harry’s life makes so much more sense. I’m sorry, but I am just confused by the Cambridges.

First the Cambridges renovate Kensington Palace to the tune of millions of pounds, now they’re not even going to be there. Or if they are, it’s only for a brief stopover to perform a royal duty or two while in London. Most of the time they will be at their country home, Anmer Hall, for William’s new job. So why all the dollars thrown at Kensington Palace right now? It seems so unnecessary at the moment.

Then the job itself. It’s not an ordinary pilot job, it’s an emergency service. Whereas Harry’s schedule is EITHER in the military OR acting as a royal, William’s new job sounds like he will be called upon in – you guessed it – an emergency.

For example, the Cambridges are in London for a Tusk Trust gala. Will the prince zoom back to pilot an air ambulance for an emergency? If he has made it clear that that particular day is for royal duties, who fills in? Does the service have to hire a whole new person to cover for William, or is someone going to pull a double shift? Either way, it sounds costly and/or inconvenient for the air ambulance. It’s an odd set-up, to say the least.

The Age Gap

Then there’s the age gap. I love Charles and Camilla, but they are at the age where most people think about retiring (or already have done). That’s not to say that they can’t do their jobs. I realized a long time ago that British royals don’t do retirement, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh being prime examples. Age ain’t nothin’ but a number to them, but at some point, both couples will need younger back-ups for those long-haul tours and extensive engagements. As much as we want them to be superhuman, that’s just not the case.

Those closest to the throne will need to step it up. That’s Prince William, Duchess Kate, and Prince Harry.

Yes, there are other members of the family to help the Queen, but William is second in line. His lack of understanding of an institution that is based on precedence is worrying. It’s willful, and that’s distressing.

Stay tuned for more.

Prince Charles Pays Tribute To Robin Williams

The Prince of Wales has joined the multitude of mourners over the loss of comedian Robin Williams.

Williams committed suicide in his California home. He was 63 years old.

Prince Charles spoke to the media over his sadness over Williams’s death.

“I greatly enjoyed meeting him on several occasions and his irreplaceable contribution to life will be greatly missed by countless people, including myself. He was a remarkable man, whose wonderful frenetic humour brought a special kind of laughter into people’s lives.”

Remembering WWI 100 Years Later; The Cambridge Career on RoyaltyNow!

Today’s show: Remembering WWI One Hundred Years Later; The Cambridge Career

We recently commemorated the start of the Great War on August 4th of this year. One hundred years ago on that date, British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith announced at 11pm that Britain was to enter the war after Germany had violated Belgium’s neutrality. Can William be a pilot and perform royal duties? He seems to think so.

Photos of World War I centenary remembrance

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Prince Charles Takes a Hit For His Hitler Remark

Prince Charles is in diplomatic hot water with the Russian government.

Charles has likened Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, to Germany’s infamous leader, Adolf Hitler. The prince made the comparison in reference to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and for bullying Ukraine. The comment was made to a member of the public during Charles’s recent visit to a Holocaust memorial on his Canadian tour.

English: Vladimir Putin and Gerhard Schroeder

Not amused: Vladimir Putin (center) – Photo credit: Wikipedia

The oft-opinionated prince leads people to question his suitability to the throne. His mother, the Queen, is famously neutral when it comes to most things political. People respect Her Majesty for her discretion. However, Charles is more outspoken, which is much more in line with his father, Prince Philip. When Charles speaks frankly, this diplomatic row is just the sort of thing people worry about when imagining his reign.

I’ve got to admit that I admire his straightforward manner. It’s the likes of which we do not see in politicians aiming for a coveted government position. However, no matter how refreshing his candor may be, Charles does need to be more careful. It’s not that he’s wrong – he’s allowed to have an opinion, he just cannot be too frank in public.

Someone on a comments board piped up that Charles “should stop entertaining Middle Eastern dictators before he says anything about Putin”. Others genuinely fear backlash on Britain, and many are just sick and tired of hearing another Hitler comparison – myself included (this why I gave up watching the History Channel. All things Hitler gets stale after the 500th episode).

At least we know where the Prince of Wales stands. How often can you say that about someone associated with the government? Just remember, dear Charles – discretion is the better part of valor.

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Charles and Camilla Delight Canadians In 4-Day Royal Visit

The always-polished Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, is currently visiting Canada with the Duchess of Cornwall.

Charles and his wife Camilla have been warmly welcomed on each stop of their tour. Excitement over the tour has been “tweeted” rapidly throughout the trip so far:

Kicking off the four-day tour in Nova Scotia, Charles was sworn in as a member of the Queen’s Privy Council of Canada by the Governor-General in a private ceremony.

The Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, said: “His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has shown unwavering dedication to Canada throughout his lifetime, including through a number of charities and other good works. It is most fitting that he joins a select few beyond Canadian parliamentarians who are appointed as a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.”

Harper did not immediately meet the Prince and Duchess of Cornwall. He will meet the royal couple Wednesday when they arrive in Manitoba.

The Prince and his wife were last in Canada two years ago. Other members of the Royal Family make frequent trips across the pond, too. Prince William famously touched down in Canada with his new bride, the Duchess of Cambridge, to rapturous reviews in 2011; The Countess of Wessex attended the presentation of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival; and The Princess Royal, in her capacity as Colonel-in-Chief, paid a visit to her Canadian Armed Forces units in 2013.

Tiara tip to: The Globe and Mail