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Oxford Union Monarchy Debate
This House Believes Monarchy is Mere Celebrity
There is nothing more quintessentially British than the monarchy. Her Majesty’s unsaid mantra of ‘never complain, never explain’ has theoretically served as a guiding principle for the conduct of the Royal Family. The proliferation of mass media and the internet has, however, presented severe challenges for this mantra and the institution it protects. Running tabloid commentary and total scrutiny of the lives of the Royal Family has dramatically changed the relationship between the British people and the Crown, with the deference and divine right of the past giving way to celebrity status. To many, the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex represented the conclusion of this: the fusion of Hollywood and Holyrood. In this Jubilee year, in which the monarchy is being celebrated more than ever, the question of what the monarchy stands for is more relevant than ever. Where is the line between monarchy and celebrity? In an age without deference, is the monarchy moving with the times or being moved by the times?


Jack Royston
Chief Royal Correspondent at Newsweek.


Richard Fitzwilliams
Royal commentator, publisher, and film critic.

Count Nikolai Tolstoy
British monarchist, historian, and the current head of the Russian noble family, the House of Tolstoy.

Angela Levin
Journalist, royal biographer, author, broadcaster,
and public speaker.

Robert Hardman

British journalist, author, and documentary maker. He currently writes for The Daily Mail and was previously a columnist and royal correspondent at The Telegraph.

May 26, 2022 08:30 PM in London

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