Royal Family’s ‘mask of serenity’ dropped due to ‘unresolved issues’ in Windsor

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The Royal Family’s “mask of serenity” has been dropped, with “unresolved issues” dominating Windsor discussion set to be “publicly aired and debated”.

That’s the verdict of Clive Irving, veteran royal commentator and author, who said the tide of republicanism crashing through Britain and the Commonwealth was only going to get stronger.

King Charles III and his family enjoyed a memorable Coronation across the Bank Holiday weekend, with the world’s eyes fixated on the capital and beyond.

A series of stunning events were held to demonstrate Britain’s lavish sensibilities, culminating in a Sunday night arts extravaganza, which saw the likes of music idols Katy Perry and Take That steal the show.

But the event also placed the monarchy back firmly under the microscope and coincided with Commonwealth nation Saint Kitts and Nevis reigniting chatter about leaving the Firm’s ruling.

This latest utterance about removing the Royal Family as a driving force behind a country comes at a difficult time for Charles, with the fallout of his son Prince Harry’s book Spare, and subsequent issues with the likes of disgraced senior royal Prince Andrew leaving many questions remaining about the importance of Buckingham Palace.

And for Irving, now a columnist for the Daily Beast in New York, it will leave Charles in an incredibly tough position to navigate out of.

Writing for the publication, he said: “Queen [Elizabeth II] served as a mask of serenity behind which lay a mass of unresolved issues about the scale and the purpose of the royal house of Windsor.

“These will now be publicly aired and debated. Many serious critiques of the royal household are not coming from republicans, and can’t any longer be dismissed.”

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The veteran commentator added: “They are coming from politicians and constitutional experts who want to see a king capable of reshaping the monarchy to the realities of the times, not allowing it to drift on as a pseudo-historical fantasy conducted on a scale that simply cannot any longer be justified.”

It comes as Dr Terrance Drew, leader of St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party – the country’s ruling group – said his nation would “not be totally free” while King Charles remains head of state.

He claimed a public consultation had to be created in order to decide on the Commonwealth nation’s future and whether it should become a republic.

He also called for the monarchy to apologise for its historical links to the slave trade.

Buckingham Palace has said it takes slavery “profoundly seriously”.

In the build-up to King Charles’ Coronation, 12 Commonwealth nations joined together and issued a call for the monarch to apologise for Britain’s “genocide and colonisation”.

The newly crowned King said he wished for research into the “historical links between the British monarchy and slave trade” to be made.

And Dr Drew said the research would be a “step in the right direction”, adding: “I think that acknowledging that… something wrong was done, acknowledging it and apologising for it, is a step in the right direction.”

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