The current break up of the royal family is fascinating because it is more important than most people understand. It is more than a pin in a fairytale balloon.

I never paid much attention to the affairs of the British royal family. I was a kid when Prince Charles and Diana had their wedding and I was about as interested as any little boy would be at a wedding. I remember when Diana died and it was obviously a tragedy, but it didn't have any impact on me.

It was only a few years ago that I started paying more attention to the royals of the UK and their role in the actual affairs of government. I started paying attention because, as naive as it may sound to some of you, I hadn't known there was much to pay attention to at this time.

The world of kings and queens was something for movies and novels in my life. The history books are full of kings and queens and that was the place for them as far as I was concerned.

I was raised in a house that mourned the deaths of Bobby Sands, Brendan Hughes, and all the other Irish Republicans who died off during hunger strikes to protest British colonization of Northern Ireland. They weren't born into fame; they earned it in their death.

All the deaths by Irish Republicans in my life made the American revolutionaries who fought for independence come to life in my mind.

But there is a special relationship between the UK and the USA. Living in Massachusetts, a state in New England is a constant reminder of the bonds that bind our two countries and separate them, too.

In the next few months, I will show you just how much the British royals have a role in the modern world we live in today.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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