OK, sure, the royal baby is instantly rich and famous and will almost certainly have a better time on this planet than you. But, as the world awaits his first appearance, his name, and any other detail, a lot of reports are focusing on why it kind of sucks—relatively speaking, of course—to be the newest member of the British royal family:
- In the Washington Post, Dylan Matthews points out that the British Empire is vast...ly diminished. Nowadays, "you basically have ... the Falkland Islands." Even the Commonwealth is missing a few key former colonies like, you know, the United States. " They’re your most successful former colony, and they won’t even join your stupid club."
- Oh, and you have no actual power over any of your territory. "You host dinners, give soldiers medals, eat the raw hearts of Canadian seals," and other standard ceremonial stuff.
- Even so, more and more of your subjects want the monarchy gone, including 20% of your own countrymen.
- And oh, by the way, the royal family isn't doing so well financially these days, and soon it may be on track with Spain, where the royal family has to live on less than $10 million per year. Say it with us now: the horror!
- In terms of family life, Hanna Rosin points out on Slate that the duke and duchess of Cambridge may be a bit too busy to "play hide the kangaroo every night." And, oh, you're definitely getting sent off to boarding school.
- But at least you're a celebrity? True, but Rosin notes that means every paparazzo is "salivating for ... a lifetime of pot-smoking and Nazi-costume parties—for that moment you say something as memorable to your paramour as, 'I want to be reincarnated as a tampon and live inside your trousers forever.'"
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