In support of the royals
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.