Earlier this month, Ferdinand Habsburg (aka HI&RH Archduke Ferdinand, de jure Crown Prince of Austria & Hungary) released his second "vlog" (first here) on his training as an aspiring future Emperor...uh, I mean, racing driver.
It's hard for monarchists not to feel a twinge of disappointment when this charming 16-year-old (who undoubtedly would make a splendid Crown Prince if he were allowed to be) says that "One day I'd like to be famous for being a successful F1
driver, and not for being the great-grandson of the Emperor." But then
if one of the advantages of monarchy is a head of state who did not seek
the position, one can hardly expect non-reigning royalty to "campaign,"
and with the role of Crown Prince not currently available, HI&RH
must carve out his own future. (One just hopes he'll stay safe.) Alas,
it is the lot of 21st-century monarchists to often find ourselves "plus
royaliste que le roi."