By William Hallowell | Editor
The mixed reaction of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death is both disappointing and disturbing.
‘DMX’. What? Apparently a rapper known as DMX died on Friday – the same day that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh died. I’ve never heard of him – but then again, I don’t listen to that sort of music.
On Friday, the devastating, tragic news was announced that Prince Philip had died. This had mixed reactions. The majority felt saddened. The majority, who support the monarchy, were deeply shocked and upset by the news, that at the tender age of 99, a World War Two veteran who had dedicated his life to public service, had died. On the other hand, there were those who sought to make light of his death – to laugh, to mock and to dismiss the passing of a role model and public servant who spent seventy years at the side of Queen Elizabeth II. These people are detestable.
It seemed – at least on social media – that young people seemed to care more about an artist who prematurely died at the age of 50, than the Duke of Edinburgh. This highlights everything wrong with society; in particular, Britain’s young people who have no respect for the monarchy or our proudly defended British culture.
It is genuinely sad that today people are more affected by the passing of a rapper than of Prince Philip. What is even more sad, is that those who oppose the monarchy, who despise the monarchy, have sought to make Prince Philip’s death a day of celebration - and slander - as opposed to a day of commemoration and condolence.
Any death is sad. Any death is tragic – especially at the age of 50; but why is it that the death of a rapper draws more attention of the young people of Britain, than the death of a member of the Royal Family? Simply, it lack of education – or at the very least lack of appreciation.
Anti-monarchists have taken it upon themselves to bash Prince Philip and to make jokes at his expense. This is both sad and aggravating. Whilst I take a position that supports the continuation of the British monarchy, those that do not, no matter how much they oppose the Queen or our constitutional monarchy, should not make light of this situation. Philip, if not remembered for his service to the monarch, should still be remembered as a World War Two veteran, a hero, and still a husband, a father, a grandfather, a friend, in idol in his own right.
Is it right that people celebrate and undermine a person’s death? Regardless of who he is, regardless of the title he held, is it morally acceptable to celebrate the death of anyone? No.
Some attitudes towards the news of Prince Philip’s passing have been similar to that of Margaret Thatcher's death – people partying in the street, people celebrating; only, via online of course. It is disgusting. Regardless of personal views of the monarchy, why is it necessary to behave in such an immature, disrespectful and uncouth manner? Even some British republicans, like Spiked Online’s Editor, Brendan O’Neill, have expressed their condolences. The anti-monarchists could at least express some sympathy.
For me personally, the most saddening aspect of Prince Philip's death is the strong, determined generation that he represents and was a part of. The generation that unfortunately is fading. The generation that values the Family as a social construct, the generation that bravely defeated the Nazis, the generation that opposed the soft approach to society that we favour now. He was one of the few members left of the old guard, which we should model our contemporary society on.
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