According to some, sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but there is a fine line between being funny and being disparaging when discussing absurdities like the royal family of a nation, and thankfully the author of this article crosses that line quite freely. Employing sarcasm in order to poke fun at the British royal family, the author points out that, for a family who was born astronomically wealthy, privileged and powerful simply because their ancestors killed, destroyed or interbred with whichever other rival despots tried to compete with them in the past, it is supremely ironic to the point of hilarity that they advertise ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusivity’ as values undergirding their employment policies. That’s a bit rich coming from the family who was once at the head of the world’s greatest empire, responsible for subjugating, colonising and enslaving hundreds of millions of people! Oddly enough though, they haven’t been subjected to any kind of legal action from victims suing for reparations from the many nations whose wealth they plundered. Perhaps the author could have hammered home this point a little more forcefully, rather than focusing on how blissfully unaware many fellow Brits are of just how emblematic the royal family are of the huge disparity in wealth and privilege that exists in the UK!
The second dig that the author has, specifically at HRH (His Royal Highness) the Prince of Wales, is by highlighting – once more through the effective use of sarcasm – how HRH has led a farcically pampered life, employing a servant to squeeze toothpaste onto his toothbrush, and even hold his urine sample bottle. You could argue that this kind of coddling is par for the course for the descendants of land-grabbing tyrants who butchered and plundered their way into power and wealth, but then you would probably be missing the author’s point, which is that a country that claims to be a beacon of democracy is actually ruled by an autocratic family of billionaires. The alleged ‘misconduct’ of buying influence, honours and titles really is just business as usual for dynastic monarchies, so why are people kicking up such a big fuss about it?