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Royal family caught up in Nazi row

Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

Royal family caught up in Nazi row (Guardian)

An unfortunate headline: The royal family weren’t so much ‘caught up’ in a Nazi row as they were causing it.

Up to now, I’ve been fairly supportive of Prince Harry, because I think that any young person caught up in the paparazzi, for example, would have difficulty not getting fed up with it and lashing out. And he is unfairly criticised for underage drinking: When the majority of young people in the country do this, it’s wrong to single him out in the way that the tabloids have.

But wearing a Nazi uniform to a party is taking this one step too far. For me, it’s nothing to do with the fact that Prince Harry is third in line to the throne: I’d disapprove of anybody being so very insensitive, especially in the run-up to the memorial day at Auschwitz. The unfortunate thing for Harry is that this will haunt him for a very long time to come, far more so than the other minor indiscretions that have been highlighted in the past. He’s unlikely to ever live this one down.

If we accept that he’s third in line to the throne, a more worrying problem occurs to me: What the heck was he, and the second-in-line to the throne, doing attending a ‘Natives and Colonials’ fancy dress party? If ‘Natives and Colonials’ isn’t a perjorative theme for a party, I’m not entirely sure what is.

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