British monarchy could end in two generations, says novelist Mantell

FILE PHOTO: General view of Buckingham Palace in London
File photo: General view of Buckingham Palace in London
FILE PHOTO: A general view of Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, January 11, 2020. Reuters/Henry Nichols

September 11, 2021

LONDON (Reuters) – British royals, which trace their history back more than 1,000 years, could go back two generations, author Hilary Mantle said in an interview published on Saturday.

The monarchy traces at least to the history of William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066, but also claims ties to the patchwork of kingdoms and principalities that became England, Scotland and Wales long before that date. Had gone.

Mantle, best known for her Wolf Hall trilogy, which traced the rise of the blacksmith’s son Thomas Cromwell to Henry VIII’s chief minister, and then his fall and execution, is said to be the 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth and heir Charles. , praises the devotion of the Prince of Wales.

“I think they do it as much as anyone possibly can, take it as seriously as anyone can,” Mantel, 69, told The Times.

But when asked how long the monarchy has lasted, Mantel told The Times that his calculations “on the back of the envelope” were just two generations old.

“It’s very hard to understand the thinking behind monarchy in the modern world when people are just seen as celebrities,” she said.

If his idea turns out to be correct, Elizabeth’s great-grandson, Prince George, 8, who is third in line to the throne after his grandfather Charles, 72, and father Prince William, 39, would not become king.

Mantle sparked anger in Britain earlier this month by telling La Repubblica that England is now a washed-up place that runs on a “memory of power”. He described Brexiteers as callous and often ridiculously opportunistic.

“I want people to stop yelling and start listening to each other,” she said of Britain. “I think it’s going to be the one change in this country right now that can save us.”

Although polls show that the majority of Britons continue to support the monarchy and in particular respect and admire the Queen, an opinion poll in May showed that young people in Britain now prefer an elected head of state. will do.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman declined to comment.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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