On Princes and war

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.

4 thoughts on “On Princes and war”

  1. “…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.”

    Perhaps we should ask how many Guardian journalist’s sons and daughters have joined the military..?

  2. If you’re brave enough to be involved in a bayonet charge, chinless or not, you have my utmost respect, and can shout whatever you like.

  3. “But that is what Princes are for.”

    I believe princes are there to ensure the continuation of the lucky sperm club.

  4. But to say that putting yourself in the front line undermines other people’s courage is just shite.

    It’s the complaining about it by poncy graun journos who’s most terrifying prospect is the local Starbucks running out of lattes that’s the problem.

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