Over the past 1200 years, 62 monarchs from the same family tree have enjoyed an elevated position in the world as The British Royal family. Will 2023 end a system that many say has overstayed its welcome?
2023 brings the official coronation of King Charles as The Crown, typically considered a celebratory moment. However, Charles does not hold the same public will that his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, did. This Netflix season of The Crown reminds viewers of how he treated his wife, Diana – The People’s Princess. As well as how out of touch he seems with his “subjects” everyday lives and struggles.
Even Will and Kate, now The Prince and Princess of Wales, have had a series of missteps lately that paint them in a less-than-rosy picture. From a tone-deaf trip to The Caribbean filled with old-school imagery of Royals and their subjects to a recent visit to a bare-shelved food bank empty-handed, even The Golden Couple seems out of touch.
Add into the mix Harry & Meghan’s Netflix documentary about how their experience in The Royal Family was so horrible they decided to leave it and move to America. Harry continue this narrative in his tell-all memoir, Spare that laid bare how this revered family is actually one that shouldn’t be. By simply telling his personal story, will it be the removal of the last card currently holding the House of Windsor together?
Is This The Endgame After 1200 Years?
That’s the subject of another 2023 forthcoming book, “Endgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy’s Fight for Survival,” announced today. This second book from Omid Scobie follows his New York Times best-seller “Finding Freedom” telling the tale of Harry & Meghan’s own Brexit.
Releasing on August 1, 2023, its title references the concept of an endgame, a word used to describe the last part of a game or process. Or how something ends. It will delve into the monarchy’s current state after the passing of its well-regarded stalwart, Queen Elizabeth II.
From a disastrous tour of the Caribbean reminding the world of the family and institution’s colonizing background to racist behavior from a senior royal at an official Palace event for women of diverse backgrounds, 2022 has been full of missteps.
If their expensive roles are only ceremonial, but their ceremonies are offensive to “their people,” then has their time as a monarchy come to an end?
A Harper Collins press release states, Queen Elizabeth’s “death dismantled the protective shield around the world’s most famous family and saw a long-simmering crisis of confidence in the British monarchy begin to resurface.”
The book will “pull back the curtain on an institution in turmoil.” It will ” expose the chaos, family dysfunction, distrust, and draconian practices threatening its very future.”
Do you think the current senior royals and their courtiers have what it takes to save this 1200-year-old institution? Or is it truly the endgame?