A second #RoyalBaby will soon be joining the Windsors in England. Given the choice, would you rather be heir to the throne, or the (probably) off-the-hook sibling?
I wouldn’t want to be a royal under any circumstances, whether next in line or off the hook. I watch with sadness the unhappy first marriages of Queen Elizabeth’s children, with the exception of Edward’s. The others all tried to make a dynastically appropriate marriage with unhappy consequences for all. Charles and Anne have had apparently happy second marriages, though their spouses seem to have been made second class citizens in the royal family. They have all been required to perform onerous public work that a private person would find horrifying.
The second child of William and Catherine will live in a fishbowl designed for an older brother. The child will be required to perform to a standard that is alien to today’s youth. He or she will have a childhood none of us would wish on anyone. We will get pictures and stories, and people will ooh and aah, but the child is lost in the media blitz. Let the damn child alone.