Every top leader from dictators to our elected officials have had a tendency to walk all over other people to get where they are. Elected official might not be so brutal about it, but it’s a matter of degree, not kind.
Historically, kings were just dictators who forcibly assumed power then passed on their power onto their sons until the whole process became diluted, changed and institutionalized. In European monarchies, the institutionalized process is hundreds of years old and no longer has any connection to how it all originated. None of the current European kings, queens, princes, dukes, viscounts, etc, got where they are by slaughtering, raping, pillaging and conquering their neighbors. Instead, they arrived in their positions through a whole series of interconnected marriages and the coincidence of being born from the right womb.
I’m not a fan of royalty either, but equating the current situation to brutalities from hundreds of years ago isn’t the reason for my opposition to it or, more accurately, my lack of interest. They’re just people — absolutely nothing special about them other than the circumstances of their upbringing. They’re not, on average, smarter, more talented, more gifted or more capable than any other average person. From my egalitarian perspective, there’s no reason for royalty — they should stop with all the pretense, class nonsense, silly titles and funny costumes, then get regular jobs to support themselves like everyone else.
But that’s just me, and it ignores the tradition behind it that matters to a whole lot of people in those countries. In Britain, it’s part of the national identity, part of the culture, part of what makes Britain British. If everyone thought as I did, their would be no royalty due to a complete lack of interest in it.
Then again, if everyone’s interests and concerns coincided with mine, their would be no professional sports teams, no hip-hop music, no pledges of allegiance, no ballroom dancing, no romance novels, no Kardashians, no hamburgers, no big cities, no automatic transmissions, no cell phones, and guacamole would never, ever be considered an edible substance.
If other people are interested in Prince Harry or any of his relatives, fine. They can also eat guacamole, attend football games, listen to hip-hop music, and text each other about it on their cell phones — just as long as I don’t have to join in.