… that reduces presumably rational people to babbling incoherence. In today’s Age, Christopher Scanlon of RMIT writes
Australians want monarchs who maintain the fantasy of monarchism, who embody the impossible ideal of monarchy …The problem with the Windsors is that they’re just too much like us. Their lives are as complex and contradictory as our own. And because of that they’ve soiled the fantasy of monarchism as some kind of divine state.
and two paras later
The Danish royals appear enough like us to be comfortable; they’re not aloof like those stuffy dysfunctional Windsors.
BTW, I found the same problem myself. I was going to write on this topic and suggest that we pass our own Act of Succession, offering the Australian throne to the highest-ranking European Royal willing to marry an Australian. I thought this would go over well with both monarchists, republicans who care only about having an Australian head of state, and aspiring princesses/princes, between them enough to make up a majority. Then I realised that, unless the legislation was drawn up carefully, we might end up with Prince and Princess Michael.
fn1. I see Mark McKenna has much the same idea.