The British monarchy has been around for centuries as a few ruling families have fought and battled for the throne to embody the national identity of Britain and to exercise their role as sovereignty. Monarchs, back in the day, did not have competing systems of government that successfully challenged their claim to rule over England. Their crown was passed down to their sons and daughters, who would pass theirs on to their kids. Their actions would then help shape the history of England. Over the years, the role of the monarchy began to diminish slowly as different forms of government, that centered around the wants and needs of the public, took rise. Absolute power given to one family no longer made sense to the public, and so as time passed, the power given to the monarchy began to diminish.
The monarchy’s power and control began to shift towards other powers with England’s new way of thinking. The monarchy has still kept much of its magic and is a great draw for tourists in England, but it has definitely lost all of its influence over the governance of England. Nevertheless, the current monarchs have since been using the influence they currently have to create a new sense of identity for themselves and future British monarchs to come. Prince Harry recently spoke out about the importance of creating this new identity to match the image of Britain today: “we are involved in modernizing the British monarchy. We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people.” Letting go of tradition and embracing modernity allows the monarchy to not only survive, but also retain its influence. The monarchs can then use their influence to create positive and effective change.
“I have witnessed first-hand how the power of sport can positively impact the lives of wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women in their journey of recovery. The Invictus Games will focus on what they can achieve post injury and celebrate their fighting spirit, through an inclusive sporting competition that recognises the sacrifice they have made. I am extremely proud that we are bringing an event like this to the UK for the first time and believe it can have a long lasting impact on the well-being of those who have served their nations so bravely.” – Prince Harry
The position that Prince Harry and the rest of the monarchs are in is quite interesting. They are put in this position that wasn’t earned, but instead given to them through birth right. That birth right was achieved through countless murders and battles between warring families. The position itself gives them much more of a presence than it does power. They do not govern England and so it’s almost as if they are placed on display as representatives of England’s past: “Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.” When being interviewed by Newsweek magazine, the 32-year-old said several times that “he longed to be something other than Prince Harry. However, Prince Harry also acknowledges the ability of his status to help him make a difference, he said “I feel there is just a smallish window when people are interested in me before [William’s children Prince George and Princess Charlotte] take over, and I’ve got to make the most of it,” he said in the interview at Kensington Palace.”
“I suppose it is one time when you can really use your name to raise money. And if I am going to use it for anything, what more of a better opportunity (than) to use it here.” – Prince Harry
Although being the monarch is a tough job, Prince Harry still considers himself to be quite normal. He praised his mother for helping to show him an “ordinary life”, adding that he did his own shopping: “people would be amazed by the ordinary life William and I live,” he said. Prince Harry and brother William have grown a lot since the passing of their mother, and have since matured well into the roles as monarchs.
They have taken their mother’s teachings and aligned their ambitions and goals as monarchs for the greater good of England: “the monarchy is a force for good and we want to carry on the positive atmosphere that the Queen has achieved for over 60 years, but we won’t be trying to fill her boots,” he said. They have been involved in countless charities across England for many years now. The young monarchs are looking towards the future, and how they can use the position they were given to make positive and effective changes.
“You’ve got to give something back. You can’t just sit there.” – Prince Harry
Author Bio: Idil Dahir
Idil Dahir is a freelance writer and editor living in Toronto, Ontario. She is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto in which she completed a specialist program in English. Idil enjoys everything from Films, TV Shows, Sports, Novels, and Comic Books. She is currently working on her fantasy novel as well as her freelance work. If you would like to contact Idil you can reach her at: firstname.lastname@example.org