Posted: 03/05/2015 at 10:33
I think they're probably all ok as people, or as ok as the generality of us can be. Certainly a member of my family meets Prince Charles socially from time to time and says he's a nice chap, easy to get on with, interesting to talk to, doesn't stand on ceremony etc; and there's no doubt that the Queen has done a remarkably good job with the role she's been given.
However, I have been a republican for all of my adult life, as it seems to me that it is impossible for the UK to have a monarchy without an invidious class system which works to the detriment of this country as a whole.
The day we heard that Princess Diana had died I had to start hanging an exhibition in the centre of Norwich - this involved using some power tools and hammers etc - some people remonstrated with me for 'making a noise when the whole country is in mourning'. Really
Needless to say the exhibition went ahead - it had to, it was being assessed so that students could gain their MAs (or not, as the case may be).