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Harry and Meghan - Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex Announce She Is Pregnant

Updated on October 16, 2018
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With a keen interest in British politics this writer is never afraid to share her opinion

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Royal Fans Will Love This News

On May 19, 2018, Prince Harry married Meghan Markle and royal fans went wild.

Luckily we were on a two-week vacation to Minorca and managed to avoid much of the hype. On the wedding day we returned to our hotel to find many guests, and some staff, watching the wedding and loving every minute as if it was members of their close family getting married.

As they say, to each his or her own.

Today October 15, 2018, Kensington Palace tweeted -

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.

So congratulations but........

Here We Go Again

Friday Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, married her long term partner James Brooksbank.

Royals fans waved flags, raised bunting and glossed over the huge cost of this wedding to British taxpayers.

At a time when British people are sick to death of ongoing austerity the burden of royal events is obscene.

However it does highlight that many of the current austerity measures rolled out by the British government are political choice rather than necessary.

When it came to Eugenie’s wedding on Friday there was another raid on the “magic money trees.”

As the Independent reported in 2017 P.M. May dismissed N.H.S. workers begging for a pay rise with the following words -

And I'm being honest with you in terms of saying that we will put more money into the NHS, but there isn't a magic money tree that we can shake that suddenly provides for everything that people want.

Her words were quickly caught hold of by satirists and have been reused over and over again.

When the pay of British M.P.s was increased, again, jokes about raids on the magic money tree orchard were posted online.

But behind the jokes and laughter is real pain.

What’s A New Baby Got To Do With This?

While there are obvious congratulations to the happy couple, currently in Australia on their first official overseas visit, you have to wonder where will it all end?

Our British Royal family is a growth industry.

Our British Royal family is exceptionally wealthy.

British taxpayers are expected to fund this huge family while tightening their own belts and sucking up more austerity and income cuts in real terms.

As things stand Harry and Meghan’s baby will be seventh in line of succession to the throne.

However if Wills and Kate have another child it will slip down the line.

Yet it will be another financial burden on British taxpayers.

You may think this is a bitter and nasty article but it is not. It is a touch of reality among the ma y sycophantic reports bouncing around today.

To readers who do not live in the U.K. let me point out that there is a two child benefit limit for ordinary people in the U.K. However there is no limit on the number of children a member of the royal family may have and still receive money from the taxpayer.

Pray For Us Now In Our Hour Of Need

Spare a thought or two for people in the U.K. who are not royal fans.

The mainstream media will be whipping fans into a frenzy.

The ongoing news story of Brexit will now be accompanied by royal baby news including does her bump show, what is she wearing, has she been sick and more.

Members of the royal family may balk at publicity at times but they thrive on it. There very existence depends on publicity.

With our aged Monarch and her aged consort, royal weddings and royal babies one way or another the Royals will be big news in the coming months and years.

Whether or not this will increase their popularity is difficult to predict.

Certainly their popularity has been on the rise in recent years.

However it may depend how much it costs taxpayers and how much more austerity they are expected to endure.

© 2018 Ethel Smith

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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      5 weeks ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Received an email from Jacqueline Stenner commenting

      “ I thought I read that Eugenie's wedding was being paid for by the family. I guess the extra security will be funded by the tax payer.”

      But think about it. Where does the family’s income come from. It is complicated and perhaps deserves a hub of its own.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      5 weeks ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Yes it seems odd Liz. Conspiracy theorists will say timing will help Theresa May and Brexit as both look likely to happen at same time. Aslo in order to milk publicity it is staggered in as a drip drip brainwashing feed.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      5 weeks ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Peggy. Yes the British Tory government implemented a benefit cap and it includes how many children. Yet directly and indirectly we will pay for the royals and their hangers on so by way of thinking they are on benefits too.

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      Liz Westwood 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      The media, as you rightly point out, will go into a frenzy. What can be more important than negotiations about our future relationship with Europe? Answer: a royal baby. I'm only amazed that the story was kept quiet for so long.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Not being attuned to British politics I do realize that the monarchy does cost the citizens a lot of money. I am not sure how much money is returned to Britain because of tourism with that in mind. What did shock me in your article was the part about a two child benefit limit. That is amazing!

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      Nick Bishop 

      5 weeks ago from Blackpool

      Whoopie doo more burden for the taxpayer!

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