I've always considered British royalty to be their equivalent of a flag. A symbol, granted, not much more these days. Their view of the flag of the Union or St Georges Cross is much less reverent and worshipful as American's average view of the stars and stripes. Their royalty are walking, breathing, rather costly flags, essentially.
I do consider the tabloid rubbish to be a bit annoying...and I'm hoping that E II outlives her git of a son, maybe the arguably lesser gits of his progeny will be better than Charles.