Prince Harry interview expected to 'raise eyebrows'

  • 22 June 2017
  • From the section UK
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This is an interview that will generate some sympathy - a prince still struggling with the death of his mother - and raise some eyebrows.

Such a reaction will be prompted by Harry's suggestion that the Windsors aren't exactly falling over each other to fill what his mother once called "the top job", when it becomes vacant.

The Queen's heirs, he implies, will take on a position of enormous privilege because they have to, not because they want to.

And despite the prince's important caveat that the royals do what they do for the greater good and not for themselves, his words have generated the Daily Mail headline, "Harry: No Royal Wants Throne".

Prince Harry is on marginally safer ground talking about his mother's funeral even though his comments do contain an implied criticism of his immediate family. They could have decided in 1997 that he was too young to walk, so publicly, behind Diana's coffin.

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Prince Philip statement by Buckingham Palace 'designed to reassure'

  • 21 June 2017
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Image caption Prince Philip was Ascot on Tuesday

The palace statement about Prince Philip's health has been designed to reassure.

This is a 96-year-old who is reported to be in "good spirits" and who is in hospital as a "precautionary measure".

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London fire: Queen's message a 'rallying call for unity'

  • 17 June 2017
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Image caption The queen visited those affected by the fire on Friday

In a long reign, the Queen has issued countless statements. They can sometimes be formulaic and lack the ability to resonate.

This is not one of them.

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London fire: Queen shows how to respond to disaster

  • 16 June 2017
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This is the British monarchy, in action, showing it has learned from its mistakes of the past.

Mistakes that have included the significant time that elapsed before the Queen visited the site of the Aberfan disaster in the 1960s and the "Show us you care" newspaper headlines that were printed 20 years ago in the days following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

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Prince Philip 'acting on own advice' in stepping down

  • 4 May 2017
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This is Prince Philip acting on his own advice, nearly six years later.

When he turned 90 he told the BBC it was "better to get out before you reach your sell-by date".

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Harry's mental health interview 'following Diana's example'

  • 17 April 2017
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This is a senior royal as we rarely see or hear them.

Prince Harry is part of the future of an institution that once embodied the British stiff-upper-lip approach to life.

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Royals continue private school tradition for Prince George

  • 24 March 2017
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Image caption Prince George's father, Prince William, went to nursery school at the age of three

When it comes to education, the royals have embraced change, but not revolutionary change.

Prince George's great-grandmother had a governess. A home based education was the norm for upper class girls like the future Queen.

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Prince William work-shy claims 'not unfamiliar terrain'

  • 16 March 2017
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a Service of Commemoration on Horse Guards Parade on March 9, 2017 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a service of commemoration earlier this month

This is not unfamiliar terrain for Prince William or indeed for his family.

To be found wanting in the eyes of the tabloids is an occupational hazard that has dogged them for decades.

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Palace prepares to welcome the builders

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At a time of austerity, this significant increase in the money given to the royals has attracted little public criticism and minimal parliamentary scrutiny.

It was very different in the 1990s when the government suggested spending taxpayers' money on repairs to Windsor Castle after it was damaged by fire.

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Commitment to Commonwealth 'unwavering'

  • 13 March 2017
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As she stood on the makeshift stage in the Buckingham Palace forecourt, the Queen might have been tempted to reflect on one of the benefits of longevity.

Her commitment to the Commonwealth has been unwavering; that of her ministers, in the past, less so.

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