Here is the story of two members of the royal family. Two very different people with two very different lives.
he first, Prince Andrew, was born into unspeakable privilege while enjoying the benefits of his position as heir’s “reserve”. He recently paid £12million to avoid standing trial and going to court over sexual assault charges. As Andrew walked behind the Queen’s coffin in Edinburgh this week, a member of the public berated him, calling him a “sick old man”. This person was immediately charged with breach of the peace. A time and place, some would say, to resort to verbal abuse, but the moment and the unnamed heckler’s widespread disapproval proves that the restoration of Prince Andrew’s public image is well underway. He’s very much back from the cold, and the public seems to be okay with that.
Now let’s talk about the other member of the royal family: the one who newspapers enthusiastically reported years ago was from “(almost) Straight Outta Compton” — a bizarre description that has since been debunked. Meghan Markle took a tour of Windsor Castle this week with the other members of the ‘Fab Four’ – Princes Harry and William and Catherine Middleton – to thank the public for the support following the Queen’s death last Thursday. After years of negativity, often from the British public and media, one can only imagine the horror she felt as she returned to combat; the bravery it took to once again face the gaping maw of their critics. The performance ended up being perfect, a sweet show of support for her husband. But somehow not perfect enough.
The moment was clearly heavenly luck for the British media, already running out of ways to describe the Queen’s boundless dignity and sense of duty. Body language experts dissected Markle’s body language (“Mask is slipping!”). Some outlets gleefully focused on the few members of the public who didn’t shake Markle’s hand or ignored her. One headline reported an “awkward moment” with an aide over flowers that most other people didn’t seem to think much of. Another rumor spread before the truth could put its shoes on: Markle reportedly wore a microphone during the tour, presumably with a view to a future documentary. The “microphone” was a fold in her dress.
I tried to think back to figure out what horrific crime Markle committed. She speaks publicly about the royal family? She woke up”? She moved away with her family from the UK where she is abused every hour of the day? She’s trying to forge her own media career using some of the royal stardust like dozens of others before her? Yes, terrible, unforgivable crimes in order. However, really. When will this disgusting public treatment of Meghan Markle end?
A clip resurfaced earlier this week in which Prince Harry revealed that when Markle was six months pregnant with their son Archie, she admitted to him that she had seriously considered the means by which she could kill herself. I can’t understand how Meghan Markle can still face the public and smile when she knows the animosity towards her shows no sign of abating. It must be an excruciatingly lonely, scary and exhausting life knowing that every utterance and gesture will be shredded by the national media. I just hope it doesn’t end in a barrage of meaningless #BeKind platitudes. I’m not sure I could take the hypocrisy.
It can’t be easy grieving in the spotlight
You’ll likely hear the following phrase well before the Queen’s funeral next Monday – that she had “good innings” at 96. Her eldest son was 73, her youngest 58. Were it not for the fact that everyone could enjoy a healthy mother for so long.
But it’s becoming apparent that losing a parent who’s had “good innings,” and when you’re a grandparent yourself, isn’t as easy as other people might think.
For someone like King Charles, for over seven decades, all he’s ever known is being someone’s son – arguably one of the most famous “sons” in the world. And while the royal family certainly knew this day was inevitable, it doesn’t seem to lessen the pain of losing the queen. Their grief is as real and justified as for someone whose parent died younger and in more tragic circumstances.
Look at the fear on Princess Anne’s face as she escorted her mother’s coffin from Scotland to London. Note that Prince Charles responds with palpable frustration at inkwells and leaking fountain pens. Some believe it is the true face of a man who will never have his mother’s dignity and sympathetic, down-to-earth touch. Few people consider this very human reaction to exhaustion and grief, let alone the added pressure of having to perform it all under the gaze of TV cameras and millions of people.
William’s email friend Britney
On a lighter note, it surfaced again this week that Prince William may have had a so-called “cyber relationship” with Britney Spears. “We exchanged brief emails and he was supposed to come visit me somewhere, but it didn’t work out,” Britney said in 2002 Frank Skinner show. Royal author Christopher Anderson confirmed that the “relationship” came to nothing while the two met. Given the thorough caning that Meghan Markle, a divorced American, endured, it’s safe to assume that Britney had a very lucky escape.
https://www.independent.ie/life/i-cannot-fathom-how-meghan-markle-can-still-face-the-public-and-smile-41990127.html I can’t understand how Meghan Markle can still face the public and smile