I'm writing a book that's set in alternative modern times, where just like in this world the public have an opinion on everything, but I think that as I get deeper into my story it becomes harder for me to gauge correctly the reaction of an 'outside' or equally, a member of the public. The basic idea is this girl, Electra (She legally changed her name to this from Elizabeth) has a very elderly and frail grandmother who is queen of England, next in line is her father followed by her brother, Edward. Edward is the family's golden boy and although Electra was closer to their mother she died suddenly (when Electra was 13) and that is when she really came to (rightly or wrongly) felt left out in the cold and her life spiralled out of control. She did not just 'not toe the line' but did everything possible to reject the life she was born into - she was a party girl - underage boozing, smoking, sleeping around, in trouble, at school always on the front page of the tabloids until even they became bored of her antics. However when she was 20 Edward was killed in war leaving her as the sole heir to the throne. Ultimately the story will come to focus on how underneath she is a really decent person and will although it was not the life she wanted do her duty and take on the crown, it is also a love story between her and her best friend a working class boy she met at school (he had a sports scholarship) and the sacrifices he makes for the girl he loves. My question is how to set the tone of the publics reaction to initially finding out that Edward had died and that the crown would eventually pass to his trouble maker sister? How would you react if it was your royals? I don't know whether to come down more on the side or mourning (similar to the death of princess Diana) or whether it would be more of a case of fear for the future and general unrest at Electra coming to hold the throne. On top of that there's also the reaction of the royal family themselves to consider? I just want to make sure I get the right tone with the reaction. Thanks!