According to “statista.com” the most liked member of the British Royal Family in 2018 is Prince Harry. The question that statista asked members of the general public was, “which members of the Royal Family do you like the most?” The results show that Prince Harry is liked by 42% of British respondents and 23% of worldwide respondents. Judging by the crowds and the buzz Prince Harry stirred up on his recent trip to Australia, it appears that these statistics are pretty accurate. Harry was in the news every day for a week which culminated in his role in the Invictus Games – in the adoring public’s eyes, Harry could do no wrong. The monarchy’s stocks rose considerably due to Harry’s Australian tour. It seems that the House of Windsor headed by Elizabeth II will be governing Australia for quite some time to come. This is despite the next monarch, Prince Charles not ranking very highly on the popularity stakes. Prince Charles is liked by 9% of British respondents and 8% worldwide.
This Sunday, which is the final Sunday in our liturgical year, we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. The full name for this solemnity is Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. When we think of a King or Queen, we might think of the British monarchy because of their connection to Australia. If this is the case when we celebrate Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, our image as Jesus Christ as a King, is likely to be somewhat distorted. Christ’s kingship contrasts to an earthly kingship in almost every possible manner. Jesus Christ came to serve and not to be served. Today’s solemnity asks us the question of which kingdom do I want to be a part of?