In 2020, the Royal Family experienced a seismic shift as Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, decided to step back from their royal duties. This move initiated a series of events that challenged the traditionally upheld image of unity within the Royal Household.
At the helm of the monarchy, King Charles finds himself navigating these tumultuous waters, endeavouring to uphold the royal reputation amidst growing scrutiny. His younger son’s departure from the royal fold, coupled with the scandal surrounding his brother Prince Andrew’s association with convicted s*x offender Jeffrey Epstein, has cast a long shadow on the family’s public image.
In light of these challenges, Dr. Ed Owens, a renowned historian, has voiced his perspective, suggesting a radical shift in the monarchy’s portrayal. He believes it is high time for the Royal Family to relinquish their familial image, acknowledging their evident struggles in maintaining this façade.
Cracks in the Royal Unity
Dr Owens expressed his sentiments on the Mirror’s "Pod Save The King" podcast, stating, “The story is slightly tragic as it has damaged this idea of a family monarchy. This idea that this is a united group who embody if you like, the best of British family life”.
He pinpointed the moment when the vision of King Charles III’s reign, bolstered by his two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, as “trusty lieutenants,” took a drastic turn for the worse. The departure of the Suss*xes from royal responsibilities shattered this image, casting a pall over the notion of a harmonious family monarchy.
“It put paid to that vision of the family monarchy,” Dr Owens remarked, emphasizing the severe impact on the narrative of a happy royal family life. He boldly proposed a solution, encouraging the monarchy to abandon their family narrative altogether, questioning the necessity of the royal family presenting themselves as moral ideals.
With a unique insider perspective, King Charles is positioned at a critical juncture, fully aware that the idealized image of the family rarely aligns with the reality of the monarchy. Dr Owens’ insights challenge the Royal Family to reconsider their public persona, navigating the path forward with transparency and authenticity.