According to some sources the publishers of Mad Magazine caused great offence in royal circles many years ago with their cartoon suggestion that Prince Charles was uncannily reminiscent of the magazine’s iconic mascot, Alfred E. Neuman. It was all done in good fun, but evidently the household was obdurately unamused by the comparison.
On the other hand, I just read that Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and heir-apparent to Mrs. Queen (that’s what I affectionately call her, either that or Grandmama) is not particularly affectionately regarded in my own country.
Not only that, according to a recent poll, the majority of respondents suggested they found Chuck to be an irrelevant bore and nonentity in the lives of contemporary Canadians.
All I can say to that is, about bloody time.
Those polled also said that they thought Canada’s connection to the monarchy should end with the passing of the Queen. The Queen is generally respected, and even loved in a lot of circles, and she deserves to be. Chuck? Not so much.
Time to move on and become a real country wearing some big-boy pants.
Why on earth anybody thought this vestigial connection to our colonial past should still be honored amazes me. I would be ashamed of my country if we didn’t feel that way. As I mentioned a while ago, a lot of monarchist types were right testy about the fact that Governor-General Michaelle Jean presented herself as Canadian head-of-state (rather than the Queen, who actually bears that title) a while ago. I wasn’t irritated by that gaffe. I absolutely didn’t care. What I did care about is that we actually have a Queen’s rep here. Shouldn’t we have an autonomous head-of-state sort of like ‘real’ countries do?
Canada is a fully-independent nation, much like the US, France or China, so why this vague connection with a former overlord place? I say this as an unrepentant anglophile. I have lived in England, have visited many times, and have friends and family there. Furthermore, my progenitors came from there. But I am a Canadian and in that sense am no more connected to the UK than I am to the US or any other political entity on the planet.
I think too with Canadians in reference to this question, it is the Charles thing. He is not a particularly inspiring man. He is seen as overprivileged, pompous and a bit of an ass in general. He may have some green creds, but they are green creds of convenience for him, not necessarily commitment when he must make sacrifices. The point being, there is nothing inspiring about him, nor particularly relevant.
Years ago, of course, back in the Diana years people quite embraced the couple – largely (let’s say 98 percent) due to her presence on his arm. When he dumped her for the sake of the other one, then a lot of respect went out the window and back across the Atlantic.
So, if Charles is a big yawn in these here parts, that is solely as it should be. I wouldn’t want it to be any other way.