John Major wants the British press to stop picking on Prince Charles. I didn’t even realize he was being picked on. An interesting and well-written piece on the whole. I must admit, however, that I found this rather amusing:

Let us suppose, for a moment, that the Prince of Wales were a commoner. What would we see?

A sensitive man, with no malice and much good intent. A man who takes an active interest in several hundred charities to benefit the young, the old, minority groups and the arts. A man who — almost 30 years ago — established his own charity, focused on helping the least privileged in our society: the Prince’s Trust (now Britain’s leading youth charity) has thus far helped almost half a million youngsters to overcome personal hardship or unfortunate circumstance.

Umm. . . if he were a commoner, he wouldn’t have tens of millions of unearned wealth and a life of leisure in which to do these things, now would he?

(Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan)

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  1. MommaBear says:

    There are other rich people in the UK besides the Royal Family; at least some of them have children; and one supposes at least some of those children are out doing some of the same things as Prince Charles.

  2. James Joyner says:

    No, that’s certainly true. But a lot easier to get rich if you start out that way. 🙂

  3. The concept of “Royal Blood” is an abomination and an affront to the dignity of human nature. Kleptocratic offspring of violent, blood-thirsty tribal chiefs. Every society that finally frees itself from these parasites (and takes back the wealth stolen by them) is improved.