As Prince William returns to the sumptuous surrounds of his privileged world, one wonders what sort of king the dapper, prematurely balding Gen Y prince might make, should the monarchy still be around by the time old Liz gives up the ghost.
But will anyone really give a toss?
The suitably charming ‘prince of the people’ was a smash with the mainstream media while Down Under; getting cosy with KRudd, mingling with Indigenous kids, and dropping pop-culture buzzwords.
And the Queen tweeting. Who knew?
Meh, he’s alright, I guess. I’m probably more of a Harry queen. But when I think of that pair, I’m invariably reminded of their mum. Older gens have the JFK shooting, Martin Luther King’s speech, and the landing on the moon as defining moments. But events like 9/11, Obama and Diana’s death come to mind for this generation. We all remember where we were when we heard the tragic news, right?
Yet the monarchy struggles to appear relevant.
Has this crusty old institution done its dash? Does it serve any genuine purpose, other than to liven up the existence of royal fanatics who know no better? What of the drain on the public purse? Have the royals done anything to help the people of Haiti?
The obligatory visit to The Block in Redfern seemed a bit rich. I’m sure the Echo Booming heir meant well, but token platitudes can’t possibly make amends for the atrocities committed against Indigenous people. Sure, he’s not personally responsible for the crimes of his ancestors. But why shake the hand that represents such a shameful legacy?
Activist norrie mAy-welby struck queer gold in Redfern, with a posse boldly donning T-shirts with the caption ‘I heart Willy’ for the world to see. A win for queer visibility, surely. And I just ache for the camp irony — the rock star hype surrounding a foppishly handsome prince for whom I’m sure many a queen would happily kneel.
“Some Aussies may think worshipping royalty is a bit dicky,” welby told SSO. “So a dozen of us queens decided to show we really, really like Willy. I hope no one thinks we’re taking the piss.”
Enough said, really.

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