I like young Prince Harry. He has a touch of his mum in him. Good looking and mischievous. My problem is this. He is way down the line in terms of succession to the throne.
I’ve often made (in my mind) comparisons with ‘Prince Hal’ in Shakespeare’s Henry IV. It’s an apt comparison. Young Harry has earned his stripes in battle, and he is a bit of a roisterer, just like Hal. But, unlike Hal, Agincourt (or Afghan) heroism or not he’s not directly in line.
Ahead of him you have his tiresome father, Charles who is destined to replace the Queen when the time comes. Let’s face it, Chuck is a bit of an over-opinionated whack-job and singularly lacking in the charm of either his mother or his father. Even his old man finds him kind of a dip as far as scuttlebutt goes, however.
Then there is Big Brother Will, directly in line after Chuck. Let’s face it, Will, despite his yummy wife, is a bit of a pill. Much more staid and serious than ginger Harry. He’d make a good enough king but maybe kind of boring.
And then there are the little interlopers. Will and Kate’s spawn, young Prince Neddie (or whatever) and Princess Hepzibah who, even though she’s a lass actually beats Harry to the throne thanks to the new rules of gender egalitarian succession.
So, that all leaves the lad well down the line and just a few notches above King Ralph.
What to do? What to do? Well, at an earlier time people didn’t just stroll into a claim for the throne, they damn well fought for it. Shakespeare is full of claimants getting red-hot pokers up their bums, being drowned in butts of malmsey, or being sent off to the Tower, never to be heard from again but to be the subjects of later rumors and to give rise to your odd Perkin Warbeck and Lambert Simnel and other historical postscript. Yeah, that’s right. A lot of claimants to the throne got bumped off and replaced by somebody who really wanted the job, like Richard III.
I am not saying that it’s time for a succession war in terms of Harry, but it might be a consideration. I for one think, if we are going to continue with this royal nonsense that he’d make a pretty cool monarch. I mean, how many prospective kings of recent times have ended up naked in Vegas?