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November 22, 2010  | by: Sharon Lin

Prince William with longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton

For those of you have not heard the news, Prince William recently asked his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton, for her hand in marriage. To say that she has won over Britain’s general public is an understatement. Her style has already gained positive critiques from fashion magazines and blogs all around the world. Her glamour and class have perfectly complemented Prince William’s character, making them an extremely popular couple. Their popularity has risen so greatly that many are now arguing that they should be the next King and Queen rather than Prince Charles and his wife Camille.

Prince Charles already suffered a major backlash from his country when he announced his divorce with Princess Diana. His affair with Camille further worsened his reputation–a reputation that has yet to be repaired. Not only is he unpopular, but his wife Camille is still seen as “the other woman.” British citizens do not hold Prince Charles and Camille in very high esteem, especially when compared to the respect that Prince William and Kate have earned. The deep contrasts in the two couples has raised questions about the next King and Queen after Queen Elizabeth II passes away.

Many British citizens argue that Prince William would make a much better King than his father while others argue that an affair does not necessarily dictate that Prince Charles would be an incompetent king. The question of tradition also comes to mind. The line of succession for the throne has never been compromised. In order to skip a generation and allow Prince William to take the crown before his father does, Parliament would have to give its consent. Many argue that by forcing Prince William to take the title of King, they are undermining the political system and tradition of the country. The decision has yet to be made, and can perhaps be put off for a little while longer because Queen Elizabeth II, though 84 years old, is still in a fairly healthy state.

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