certain people are more important than others.
I honestly think the royal family are more of a symptom than a major cause of the class divide, the fact that they exist at all reveals a lot about the overwhelming complacency of the majority of people in this country who would otherwise consider themselves in favour social mobility. What I can't accept is the specious attempts by people to justify them at all, they payer higher tax - on the money they haven't earned, they joined the armed forces - just like thousands of other servicemen and women do without expecting a few palaces. The idea that they are wonderful ambassadors for our country - do they truly represent the best our society has to offer the world, with all the amazing talent and diversity our country has to offer, why do we feel that we need one particular family to make us proud. If you could choose anyone to represent you would it honestly be Prince Harry? Yet we don't have that choice, its a simple matter of birth, which more than anything seems a fairly risky way to decide who our ambassador to the rest of the world should be.
America do not have a royal family and they still have major class divisions.
No. Even if your bulldozed all the royal palaces with all the royal family in them then you'd still have snobs and an elitist class system.
Gotta say I agree with L i b. Class in Britain is like Nationality throughout the world. You're born into it, and you can change your appearance and passport (or in the class sense, living area or something), but there will always be those who distrust you because of it. And those who do move up a rung on the social scale (there being three rungs of lower, middle, and upper classes, for simplicity's sake) are usually ridiculed by their new class, and often by their old one too.
Therefore it seems pretty obvious that the royal family has pretty much jack all to do with this. If you got rid of it, class divides would still exist, because they're too ingrained IMO, and people are too unwilling to fully integrate.