Hilary Mantel, who denigrates Brexit, says Prince George will NOT be king – “Just considered a celebrity” | Royal | New
Eight-year-old George will ascend the throne after his father, Prince William, and grandfather, Prince Charles. Mrs Mantel also admires the devotion of Queen Elizabeth II, 95, and Heir Charles, Prince of Wales, 72.
She said of the Royal Family, in an interview with The Times: “I think they do it as well as anyone could, take it as seriously as anyone could.”
But when asked how long he was left in the traditional monarchy state, Mantel said his “back of the envelope” calculation was only two generations.
She said: “It’s very difficult to understand the thinking behind the monarchy in the modern world when people are just seen as celebrities.”
Ms Mantel sparked anger in Britain earlier this month when she told La Repubblica that England is now a washed-out place that runs on “the memory of power”.
She described Brexiteers as “insensitive opportunists”.
Ms Mantel said: “I would like people to stop screaming and start listening to each other.
“I think in this country right now it would be a change that could save us.”
This is not the first time that the famous author has suggested that the institution is in its “last great era” and wonders if the Queen is “the only person who truly believes in the monarchy now”.
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“So I think this will be their last big era.
“I wish the Queen felt able to abdicate because Charles had to wait so long.
“I understand that she sees this as a sacred task, one that you just cannot abdicate, while the rest of us see it as a work that you should be able to walk away from.”
The Queen is already the longest-reigning monarch in British history after taking the throne in 1952 at the age of just 25.
Ms Mantel added: “I wonder if she’s the only person who truly believes in the monarchy now, and I’m sure she believes it with all her heart.
“She believes she can’t stop being a monarch – she made those promises to God.
“It’s a cliché to say, but what a lonely position to be.
“It’s a conflict, because most people around the world see the royal family as a branch of show business.
“And I’m sure that’s a long way from the queen’s thoughts.”
Ms. Mantel is best known as the author of a trilogy centered on the life of Thomas Cromwell and his relationship with King Henry VIII.