Doesn\’t the gung-ho posturing of the princes rather undermine the courage of ordinary men and women in the forces?
No, that\’s actually what Princes are for.
Yes, the Royal Family are immensely privileged. Yes, they\’re rich beyond dreams simply by being members of the lucky sperm club. Yes, we do this so as to have a non-political Head of State and representative of the nation.
And part and parcel of all this is that when the military, the armed forces of the nation, are asked to gird their loins and risk their lives for some or other policy of state, then Princes of the appropriate age should be there with them. Risking all that privilege. Yes, I know, it\’s easy enough to mock this idea as medievalism, some chinless wonder shouting \”Tally Ho!\” during a bayonet charge.
But that is what Princes are for.