First, I'd just like to say in response to the last page or so of conversation: @SophieChloe
is right. I am not a Republican, nor am I a Royalist. Royal families have always interested me, as have world leaders and their families. (I'm currently trying to read memoirs/biographies of every First Lady. Nellie Taft is my favorite so far.) I'm a positive fan of the Norwegian and Swedish monarchies, and sometimes find it hard to look objectively at them when I just melt like butter at anything Victoria does, or seeing Sonja out and about at an engagement where she is hiking. I suppose that I comment more on the BRF because it dominates the conversation here, we get a lot of BRF news here in the U.S., and I will likely be moving to England at some point in the next decade. I think I'm also most frustrated with the BRF because they seem to be making choices that seem really odd, when they could (easily) make some positive changes.
I think that's where it gets to @DaisyMeRollin
Do either of you, specifically, feel the need to see pictures of the kid? What's the point and why would anyone hold such emphasis on this kid's exposure to the public were it to only perpetuate an institution that some, rightfully, find an abhorrent anachronism?
I would like to see more photos of George, personally. At the core of this, I'd like to see the BRF-- specifically Will and Kate-- embrace their role. Do I think more photos of George will increase the BRF's popularity? Yes, but I don't think the Republicans have enough to sway over public opinion, and I doubt they will in my lifetime (though I do think Commonwealth countries will move to have their own HoS once the Queen's reign is over).
I think it's beneficial to George to grow accustomed to royal duties, and have them seem normal instead of a burden. I wrote a post earlier in this thread
where I discussed how the Swedish royal family is raising Estelle, and why I think it could be a good model for George.
I don't think things need to be drastic-- or like I compared earlier in this thread
constantly recorded a la The Truman Show. But I do think that in order to share a future King with his future subjects, a better plan should be in place. If George can go to a playdate in New Zealand, why can't he have a playdate with ordinary British children?
Finally, I think that the Cambridges must learn to work better with journalists and the media. There still has not been a traditional photocall, aside from the Lindo greeting. That is a great way to allow the public to see a glimpse of their life, without a lot of pain or effort on their part. Arthur Edwards, for example, has been photographing the family for 30+ years, and seems to get along well with William (I remember the story on the way home from the Asia tour, where William asked to look at the photos on his laptop and had a goofy one deleted). Those photos would decrease the value of pap shots.
So there you have it-- at the core of it, I'd like to see more of the little Republican slayer, even if he hurts the cause of a Republican state. But, let's check in once I read Charles's letters to Parliament. If he's really been meddling, it might change my tune.