The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Why Is the British Royal Family Still a Thing?

Mar 15, 2021

The media made a big deal of Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah. The details were shocking—but who’s surprised?

This royal family claims to have “blue blood” and be above the rest of humanity. We are the ones they call “commoners.” Of course, that doesn’t stop them from taking millions in tax money from those English “commoners” every year.

Not only were they the heads of the state that built up the wealth of the British bourgeoisie by the harsh exploitation of the British working class—children included. They were also the figureheads for the British bourgeoisie’s conquest and looting of the peoples of Africa, South Asia, China, the Caribbean, North America, and Australia.

So why are these medieval holdovers still around? Hundreds of years after the British bourgeoisie stripped them of any real power, it continues to find them useful as a nationalist symbol. And the media of the whole world continues to play along.