There were the burdens of rule, the lonliness at the top, the rites to perform, traditions to uphold, bla, bla, bla, but still job one was producing an heir.
Typically a childless king or prince found themselves pegged as an Issachar or Noah-Solomon type. These men had to have heirs produced on their behalf, but the culture at least had a means for them to save face. It was not so kind to "barren" royal women.
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