THE ROYAL FAMILY have always faced the problem of being ordinary people and royal people, however none of them have got the balance right, according to a royal expert.
However, in their everyday lives, walking the line between royal and ordinary is a tough act that the Royal Family cannot get quite right, according to a royal biographer.
Andrew Morton, speaking to CBS in 1997 said: “Members of the Royal Family tend to, and Prince Edward particularly, tend to shade in and out of being ordinary people and royal people. “They will put on their airs and graces as being royal and then they want to be everyman, to be ordinary, and Prince Edward is a classic example of this. PROMOTED STORY
“He’s a TV producer, a theatrical impresario, and he wants to be treated as Mr Windsor, but when the going gets tough he wants to be treated like a member of the Royal Family.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family, and Prince Edward (Image: Getty)
Princess Diana changed the face of the monarchy in the Eighties and Nineties (Image: Getty)
Prince Harry has struggled with the balance between private life and royal duties (Image: Getty)
“This was the problem that he faced when he was in the Royal Marines, that one minute he wanted to be royal, the next minute he wanted to be an ordinary chap, and I’m afraid they can’t do it.”
Edward was subjected to widespread criticism when he decided to leave the Royal Marines in 1984 after three months of training – a decision that shocked and disappointed Princess Anne and the Queen Mother.
In recent weeks Prince Harry has faced a similar dilemma as he has struggled to protect the privacy of his new family with Meghan Markle and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Duke of Sussex served for 10 years in the Army, and spoke about how it was an “escape” from the pressures of royal life.
However, Harry has come under fire recently for not getting the balance right, and insisting on privacy for his son’s christening this month.
Speaking on podcast “Pod Save the Queen”, the Daily Mirror’s Royal Editor Russell Myers said: “The problem is, you can’t have one foot in and one foot out, and this is the issue that’s being debated at the moment.
“I’m afraid [The Duke and Duchess of Sussex] need to really realise where they are in the world, and you can’t switch [privacy] on and off when you want.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK