I believe there is a protocol. If they do public duties they get paid for their time and have their expenses and security covered. If they don't, they get nothing (other than what their parents may choose to give them). That's what the current hubbub is about.(...) It would be a good idea if there was a protocol set that made sure that every immediate royal had a job to do within the realm. I.e. the armed forces, respected charities or indeed as young ambassadors for the reigning family. This would give them a real idea of how people outside their small world lived their lives.
There is such scrutiny. Theoretically, under UK law Harry is not permitted to marry without the Queen giving her permission. It's a law that is hard to enforce however, given modern sensibilities about it. And given how many royals have already ended up divorced, the record of the rest of them isn't all that great either.There should also be a strong scrutiny of those the royals choose to marry.
Do you think that Her Majesty didn't get a full report on Meghan, her background, who her friends were, what her politics were, etc., etc, as soon as Harry started dating her? That's not likely, is it?The farce we have seen played out over the last few months could so easily have been avoided if the Royal Family insisted on meeting Megan’s family. It is not too much to ask that two families should not be introduced. (...)
The problem of course is how would you enforce it if someone in the palace decided they didn't like the girl that Harry liked? The days when the Queen could call in her henchman to toss a recalcitrant prince into a cell in the Tower are long gone. They could have given him the cold shoulder, but then he might decide to run off to the colonies (or the Commonwealth as some with dangerously modern ideas might put it) and then you've got a prince on the loose doing who knows what. Which is exactly what everyone is complaining about.
I've no idea whose "fault" everything is, if it's anyone's fault, and I don't have a solution for it. I just think that the Queen has probably done pretty much everything that can be done and I hope that it works out well for everyone in the end.