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The Prospect Editorial: Why everything about the crown must be rethought

We must open an overdue debate on the constitution—and whether we want a monarchy at all

By Tom Clark   September 2017

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If you go by the historical record, the odds of things ending unhappily for a King Charles are exactly 50 per cent. And if the palace insiders that Emily Andrews talks to are any guide, you wouldn’t want to stake any more on a successful reign for Charles III than on the toss of a coin. The sense of foreboding is, at one level, strange. After all, if hereditary monarchies are good for anything, it ought to be the transition between parent and…

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