The British monarchy is said to be in trouble because members of the royal family are reported to be unhappily married. Yet one looks at the British political spectrum for the republican party in vain. The Labor Party has always harbored a few politicians who wish to reduce or remove the monarchy in the name of equality, but this is a less active period for such agitation than most.
Q. Who says the crown is in peril of being removed? A. The journalists who report that princes and princesses are unhappy. Q. Why do they say that one thing leads to the other? A. So that there will be a public-issue consequence to the private matters they report. Q. Why do the British people eat these stories up and crave more? A. Because they are fascinated by the royal family. Q. Would the British people care about these persons' private lives if they weren't royal? A. No. Unless they were telly stars. Q. Is that an argument for keeping the monarchy? A. You said it, we didn't.
Members of the press and self-appointed experts on royalty are the people who say the monarchy is in danger. They have become, in effect, the republican party of Britain. But were the monarchy abolished, they would have to find another story or subject on which to be expert. In other words, the people worrying so loudly that the monarchy is in peril are the very people (excluding the monarchs themselves) who need it most for their own careers.