If you find yourself obsessed with all-things royal lately you’re definitely not alone. According to a new report, people around the world are more interested in the British royal family than ever before thanks to younger members Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle.

“Not since the ’80s, when the public was fascinated by the arrival of Princess Diana, has there been such a consuming interest in the royal family’s every move. The reason? William and Harry and their wives have brought a renewed glamour to the monarchy — and an openness that we’ve rarely seen,” Jennie Bond, a former BBC royal correspondent, recently wrote in an op-ed for the UK’s Grazia magazine.

“Some people question what the purpose the royal family serve — and Diana certainly believed that to stay relevant and meaningful, the monarchy needed to make itself less aloof,” Bond explained. “She connected with the public in a more direct and sympathetic way than any royal before her. Now her sons are following in her footsteps.”

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“Prince Harry, in particular, has spoken candidly about the importance of acknowledging mental health problems. It’s a live topic among so many young people today, and by admitting that he’s faced his own struggles, Harry is making a real difference,” Bond continued.

“Meghan and Harry, along with Prince William and Kate, are making the monarchy cool. And that connection with a new generation is essential to the future of the institution. It seems that the British public, and the world, can’t get enough of watching someone so different join ‘The Firm,'” Bond wrote. We couldn’t agree more!

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