: Why Americans should think twice about watching Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

by | Sep 18, 2022 | Stock Market

Many Americans will be watching the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, even if it requires waking up in the early hours of Monday to do so. They will probably be among some 4.1 billion viewers or around half the world’s population that could tune in to the event. On the surface, it’s easy to see why: This is, after all, the monarch who stood over the United Kingdom for seven decades. To borrow a line from a great American playwright: Attention must be paid.

Or not. Count me among those Americans who can’t comprehend our ongoing fascination with the royals. I mean, why should we care about all the pomp and pageantry associated with the leaders of a state we fought against to win our independence? No knock against the queen personally — “Her Majesty is a pretty nice girl,” as the Beatles once cheekily sang — but she was not my queen. Or, more to the point, I’m proud to live in a country that doesn’t see the need for a queen or king, even ones that play mostly non-political roles, as the monarchy does in the U.K. And yet, so many Americans treat the royals as if they were our very own. Or, at the very least, they pay attention to a lot of royal-related news and events. Consider that about 30 million Americans viewed the 2018 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. As one report noted, that’s more than the number that viewed the Oscars broadcast the same year. And American women started getti …

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