In sup­port of the roy­als

The TV Guide - - MR TELLY - Chris McDon­ald (Welling­ton)

An­noyed Son from Tau­ranga (Mr Telly, Novem­ber 1) laments the cov­er­age of the re­cent royal visit in the me­dia. “What do they re­ally do to get so much at­ten­tion?” he asks. Let’s start off with a work­ing day that av­er­ages about 12-plus hours. While work­ing they are un­der con­stant scrutiny by the peo­ple they meet, the me­dia and any­one else who cares to pay at­ten­tion. They raise mil­lions of dol­lars for char­ity ev­ery year and by rais­ing this money they pro­vide the funds for med­i­cal re­search. The ad­vance­ments that are made by med­i­cal re­search for treat­ment in HIV alone are worth bil­lions of dol­lars to the health-care sys­tem across the world. And for their trou­ble the roy­als get crit­i­cised and ma­ligned in the me­dia and by peo­ple like An­noyed Son. What’s more is that they do not have an opt-out op­tion. They are born into this lifestyle whether they like it or not. Even those roy­als who sit quite a few seats back from in­her­it­ing the throne are un­der con­stant me­dia scrutiny. What do they do? A lot more than the av­er­age Joe Blogs, so let’s give them some credit where it’s due.

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