Hamill’s Beat - Worrying about one’s legacy

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Prince Charles says he’s worried about the legacy he’ll pass on to his grandchild to be born later this year.

It’s the sort of thing all of us grandparents (and those of us who are prospective grandparents like me and the Prince) worry about.

OK, Charles was thinking about the environment. Apart from that he hasn’t much to fret about. The fact that he can give the Duchy of Cornwall and the throne of England to his grandchild should be a consolation.

Fair enough, his grandchild will have to face a lifetime on state aid. Generations of royals haven’t had a job and they’ve probably lost the will to work by now.

That’s what happens. When nobody in your family has worked for ages, expectations fall and it’s easy to accept a culture of dependency. So we’re always told.

A Bill soon to be considered by the Commons will ensure that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first baby can succeed to the throne whether the child is a boy or a girl.

It will also remove the ban on heirs to the throne marrying a Catholic.

When it goes through, Prince Charles’ new grandchild will be free to marry a Catholic.

Then, if the children from such a marriage are brought up as Catholics, it could spark a constitutional crisis. Catholics would still be barred from the British throne.

Of course, a change in the law allowing a Catholic to become king or queen would be welcomed by most people in multi-cultural Britain.

It would, however, pose a rich dilemma for the North’s band of ultra-loyalist bigots.

Prince Charles has already spoken to the government about his concerns.

The Daily Mail reported that he was told the problem could be resolved by negotiations with the Vatican but he was said to find that answer “unsatisfactory and unconvincing”.

It’s worrying times indeed for the Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment.