king Charles on a visit to Welsh parliament in 2022 (Picture: Senedd Cymru)

The media and politicians fell over themselves to rush out their good wishes to king Charles III after his cancer diagnosis this week.

Labour leader Keir Starmer was probably delighted that his party’s best loyal wishes were out before Rishi Sunak had commented.

None of the mainstream media pointed out the gross inequality in the monarch’s ability to instantly receive treatment while most people have to wait, and often suffer.

You won’t be seeing king Charles sat in your local NHS waiting room. He is instead whisked off to receive top treatment from world-leading specialists.

Yet at least 100,000 people across Britain have had their lives put at risk over the last decade because of delays in getting them tested or treated for cancer.

Many waited longer than 62 days to start treatment—surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy— after a GP referred them as an urgent case, the Macmillan Cancer Support charity said last year.

Cancer nurses are paid £37,000 on average a year. Abolish the monarchy and the NHS gets an extra 9,000 cancer nurses. That would mean lives saved and agony averted.

More and more people are rightly questioning the royals’ role, dependent on the idea that some should rule and others should be ruled.

It is an institution inseparable from the horrors of the British empire and part of a system of gross inequality.

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