The British royal family is likely in its end game and will possibly not survive after the eventual reign of Prince William as king, an award-winning UK author and dame has opined.
Stating her opinion, dame Hilary Mantel told the Telegraph, “I think it’s the end game. I don’t know how much longer the institution will go on.”
“I’m not sure if it will outlast William. So I think it will be their last big era,” said the “Wolf Hall” author, who was awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2006 and then confirmed a dame by Prince Charles in 2014.
Hilary also wondered if Queen Elizabeth II was now “the only person who really believes in the monarchy.”
“I wish the Queen had felt able to abdicate … I understand that she thinks of this as a sacred task, from which you simply cannot abdicate, whereas the rest of us think of it as a job, from which you should be able to retire.
“She believes that she cannot cease to be a monarch — she made those promises to God. It’s such a cliché to say, but what a lonely position to be in. It’s a conflict because most of the world sees the royal family as a branch of show business. And I’m sure that is very far from the Queen’s own thinking,” Hilary added.
Hilary who’s the first woman to win the Booker Prize twice, an annual award for the best novel of the year in the UK also noted that the monarchy has become a “self-punishing institution.”
“No other family would be expected to parade a very elderly, newly widowed lady before the TV cameras, and yet it’s taken for granted that’s what will happen,” the author said of the Queen sitting alone at her husband’s funeral.
She added, “Just as it’s taken for granted that a new royal mother will appear beaming on the hospital steps within a day of giving birth. There’s no legitimate public interest behind it.”
Hilary did not respond to questions about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s TV claims on the British royal family, saying, “I wouldn’t judge them. And I don’t believe we will ever know, really, what has happened there. So I just wish them well.”