Australia has had its share of weird weather this past week, but nothing compared to the whirlwind tour by Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.
While the likeability of the Prince and the Duchess may be rekindling many a love affair with the Royal Family, there are just as many who are turned off by the latest token visit by our nation’s sovereigns.
Sure, these two are about as charming and amiable as a chocolate George Clooney. And one can’t help notice, admire or envy the love in Meghan’s eyes as she dotes on her darling prince, but is this renewed fascination with the crown and her clan enough to make us forget that the monarchy is, well, a little stale and irrelevant?
Australia’s troika of monarchists, republicans and couldn’t-care-lessers have long been debating the merits of tradition, freedom from Royal rule or the right to not give a flying flag (in that order).
Our nation is like the teenager that can’t leave home. Our bags are packed but we just can’t seem to walk out the door. Thoughts of what would happen without mother mingle with how we would deal with our new-found freedom.
Should Australia finally cross the threshold and break free from Royal rule? Or do Harry and Meghan charm you enough to remain in the shadow of the crown?
This is the crux of our Friday Flash Poll: Is it time for a Royal flush?
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