14 October 2019 14:08

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Being a Republican doesn't mean one has to dislike the British royal family. Her Majesty, despite my views on our constitutional arrangements, is the most powerful example in my lifetime, male or female, of someone committed to duty, loyalty, service and responsibility. I've been to a few rodeos in my life, meaning I'm no spring chicken, and with that experience comes the assessment that she is the best. Not so her grandson Harry and his wife, Meghan. Unless there's a terrible tragedy that wipes out Prince William and all his three children, Harry is never going to ascend to the throne.

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He will, therefore, never be our head of state. Consequently I care not what he and his wife do on a daily basis. Why do so many Australian news websites run ridiculous stories about him and his wife? My care factor is zero. For people in Britain it is different.

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Harry and Meghan are there. They're on the public payroll. They're expected to go out and support good causes. They're not on our payroll: so I don't care. Actually, that isn't a fair description of my attitude.

I care enough to say I just don't want to know. Please stop putting this irrelevant drivel on Australian new sites. What charities they support is irrelevant to me. Meghan bending down, smiling, to talk to a disadvantaged child is coming horribly close to said child looking like a mere prop in a publicity shot. If people at large make a similar assessment that is damaging not just to Harry and Meghan but the whole family that condones this sort of publicity. Pariah I may be but I thought that Harry's latest attack on the media was disastrous. We were just everyday people and I suppose few but us cared. The death of Harry's mother was entirely different. It was brutally public and he and his brother were just kids. But it was a long time ago. To somehow draw a parallel between the death of his mother and his wife nearly a quarter of a century later vis-a-vis press treatment is drawing a very long bow. Most people have deep ties to their parents. Harry's mother did some great things. Diana had been married to the next in line to the throne. She was set, at one point, to become the Queen. That's not going to happen to Meghan. Harry is sixth in line to the throne. That's another long bow. He has to play his part in the Royal family. He can and does do good things. The Invictus Games is a wonderful example. His contribution and support have been critical. It's interesting that we hear more about a man who is not going to be our king than we do about the person in Australia who represents our Queen. British prime ministers pop off for regular weekly meetings with her Majesty when Parliament is in session. Fancy being PM and having that wonderful repository of experience with whom you could chew the fat, so to speak. In Britain kids grow up understanding the difference between the role of Parliament and the monarchy. They'll see news clips of, frankly, a long succession of prime ministers heading off for their chat. In contrast, our prime ministers have always been seen as being at the apex of power. The governor-general, the Queen's representative here, is not expected to be a recluse but, thanks very much, there'll be no sharing the limelight. That leaves us with a seemingly constant flow of media stories about the royal family. I'm nearly always happy to read something about the Queen. She is our head of state and frankly a star performer. The rest of the family are of no real interest to me. The fact that the sixth in line to the throne married an actress from a streaming TV series and has family issues is neither here nor there. I don't care that they kept the christening details of their child private, why shouldn't they? Pictures of Meghan at the tennis with vacant seats around her because she's important contrasted in a quite brutal way with photos of Prince William and his family in the bleachers at the soccer. If Australian media had an effective blackout on all news about the royal family other than the reigning monarch and perhaps the next two in line to the throne I would be delighted. The broader family do not serve us in any real way. Or perhaps I'm wrong, perhaps they do serve as an example of what we don't have and don't want. Get the biggest daily news stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Boxer Patrick Day is in an 'extremely critical condition' in hospital after suffering a brain injury in his defeat to Charles Conwell. Day, 27, was knocked out in the 10th round of his defeat to Conwell in Chicago on Saturday night. The bout was on the undercard of the Oleksandr Usyk-Chazz Witherspoon fight. Day required medical attention in the ring and was fitted with a neck brace and oxygen mask before being taken from the ring on a stretcher following the brutal defeat. He was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. His promoter Lou DiBella confirmed he is in a coma with a "traumatic brain injury". "Pat makes any room he is in a better place," said promoter DiBella. Never seen him greet someone without a big smile. (Image: SIPA USA/PA Images) Matchroom had organised the event in Chicago and promoter Eddie Hearn sent his wishes to the boxer. "I followed him to the ambulance and he was still unconscious, went to the hospital with his corner team and his promoters, we're all praying for him," Hearn said. "I don't want to speculate but he's extremely unwell. (Image: Getty Images) Watch our new boxing show After The Bell Mirror Fighting has launched a new weekly boxing show in association with Betfair in which we analyse the latest big fights, play matchmaker, and preview forthcoming bouts. To watch the latest show in full, click here. Day was a Golden Gloves champion in 2012 and was also crowned USA welterweight national champion in the same year. The 27-year-old has won 17 of his 22 fights to date. Conwell added: "I give my blessings and concerns to him and his team. I hope he is OK. American boxer Patrick Day is in an "extremely critical condition" after suffering a traumatic brain injury in his super welterweight fight with Charles Conwell in Chicago on Saturday. Day was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after he was knocked out by his compatriot in the 10th round of a bout on the undercard for Oleksandr Usyk's heavyweight debut against Chazz Witherspoon. The 27-year-old, who was removed from the ring on a stretcher, is in a coma following emergency surgery. Day's promoter Lou DiBella tweeted: "Pat Day makes any room he is in a better place. I've never met anyone who's met Patrick and not liked him. "Never saw him greet someone without a big smile. Life doesn't seem fair sometimes. Please keep Pat in your prayers, thoughts, and hearts." Conwell said after the fight: "I give my blessings and concerns to him and his team. I hope he is okay. I know he is a great person." British promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted: "Our thoughts and deepest prayers are with Patrick Day and his family right now. "We have been in constant communication with his promoter who will provide further information at the appropriate time. Please keep Pat in your thoughts."

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