Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is getting flack for apparently not being willing to kneel in front of HM The Queen in order to become a Privy Councillor. I doubt HM The Queen would care that much… and it’s not that Mr Corbyn’s republican views are a shock to anyone. Principles seem to be rarity in politics these days and although I can’t say I agree with that much of what he has to say, it is nice to see someone saying what he actually thinks for a change and refusing to conform to media norms and being a standard identikit politician.
[Incidentally, I interviewed Prince Edward once for a TV show he was making called Windsor Restored about the restoriation of Windsor Castle after the fire. I told the PR who was setting it up that I wouldn’t do it if I had to call him Sir or bow to him. He was, after all, making a TV show as a TV producer (although I don’t think we need to bow and scrape to minor royals anyway). We greeted each other by shaking hands. He introduced himself as Edward Windsor and I as Steve Clark.
(He went on to be a huge prat and a very unhelpful interviewee.)]
That said, I’ve got a lot of respect for HM The Queen and would probably follow protocol for her… but then I’m not a republican like Jeremy Corbyn.