This thread came out of the "engagement" thread about William. Ironically, in that thread, it was Americans rooting for the monarchy, and the Brits either said they were bored, or, in one case, angry about the waste of public funds.
I don't root for the monarchy.
Like dj, my interest in them only comes into play when there's some very public happening, and even then, it's momentary. My interest on the other thread is strictly mercenary, as in "what can I sell on ebay or etsy to make an american dollar off of this?
I figure since the royals have so much money, they could pay for their own lifestyle, off the interest of their funds and assests. They would never have to touch the principle.
Years ago, I remember reading something about what the royals give each other for christmas. It was stuff like gloves, scarves, riding boots. So it's not like they are jonesing to get their hands on high ticket items. They've already got it.
If they want to retain the title of king, queen, prince, etc. let them pay for it.
I do have a question for any Brits reading this. A serious one.
The way it's talked about how much pressure the family in under to behave a certain way. In particular I remember how much that cost Diana. Fergie also who was obviously more of a free spirit.
So, if the wife of a royal doesn't behave, what exactly are the consequences.
I mean, if it's no more than the Queen giving me the hairy eyeball, I could deal with that.
Seriously, if I was in the royal family, what's to keep me from saying "You know what? I'm gonna sleep in today.