Letter: Royal betrayal

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The Independent Online
Sir: As the last dismal chapter in the marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales is played out, I am puzzled by an inconsistency in our treatment of adulterous public figures.

As several Tory ministers have discovered to their cost in recent years, we British seem to be very attached to the view that the private betrayal of one's spouse and family indicates that a person cannot be trusted with public office. This isn't a view that is widespread abroad - for example, my Spanish friends find it totally incomprehensible - but it is common to many in this country. So why don't we apply it to members of the Royal Family?


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