Date: December 15, 2022 06:47PM
I think it would likely have been better for them if they had not agreed to all the extra publicity. Much of it they can't avoid but some of it they do control.
It's wince-y when anybody comes across as over-sharing. In their case, unfortunately, it's easy for people to lack sympathy because they have money and fame, especially without seeming to have done much of anything to earn it. Accident of birth in the case of members of the Royal family, which is seen by many as unfair right at the starting gate. It's understandable that many would see that in a negative light and call them whiny, among other negative terms.
I don't really understand what they were thinking in baring their lives to the public like this. It's so entirely predictable that they will get skewered, as is occurring at this very moment. I'm not even paying much attention to it and yet the publicity and the sound bites are everywhere.
I've heard some most unkind comments from newsreaders and opinionators and onlookers. I don't think it's necessary to get so personal, if not absolutely catty, as some of them have done, especially about Meghan.
I don't think it's possible to know the truth entirely, particularly from a distance.
I have no idea about the racism question. I would hope it isn't true but it likely is a factor with some people. Who those people would be (Harry's family?) I don't think we can know, absent irrefutable proof, such as a voice recording. And, of course, the lady-in-waiting, or whoever, who just had to resign due to a comment she ill-advisedly made.
I don't think there was nearly as much fuss about who Harry may marry as there would have been about William because in quick order Harry is quite a distance from even a chance of ever becoming King, but as one of Princess Diana's sons of course the interest never wanes, unfortunately for him.
Against my better judgement I've just started watching the Netflix series The Crown about Queen Elizabeth's accession to the throne and her reign. I can't stand gossip and also, without even trying, I had heard uninspiring reviews of the series. But I succumbed to curiosity and have watched nearly the whole of the first series (one more program to go). I'm not overwhelmed by it. I think the characterization of Prince Phillip, for one, is appalling. He's a puny whiny temperamental guy in the show who so far is doing nothing at all of any use to man or beast. I'll stop there with my amateur review. Except to say that if in truth they all hate their roles so much why don't they just call it a day. That whole thing about sense of duty seems to be dying out anyway.
What does tug at my heart is the thought of Harry, who lost his mother at such a young age (for them both) which, obviously, was completely devastating, feeling fearful that the same fate could befall his wife. It would be understandable that he would be vigilant about that over and above all else. I didn't follow all the various ins and outs of it all but when they first moved to Canada and then the USA it was fairly unbelievable that they couldn't automatically get the protection they needed for the risks their high profiles posed. I understand that taxpayers in both countries had questions about the expense of it, as did the British public likely (if they were or would be paying even if the couple was living away from there). It came across as harsh though - stay in Britain or we won't provide protection, even though Harry is a son of the King and the brother of the future King so would likely face some degree of risk.
I think that if Harry had valid concerns about his wife's safety, which many experts say he did, given what happened to Princess Diana (dying as she was trying to get away from the ravenous press pack that was following her) it's obvious why he would be so protective of Meghan and outraged about the situation.
Who knows when they decided to speak out or what all has caused them to want to spill their guts. Maybe that oppressive British imperative to keep a stiff upper lip no matter what was just too difficult in light of what they were experiencing.
It's a certainty that both Diana's sons were, of course, very deeply affected by her sudden death and its a sorrow they will carry for their entire lives, certainly and understandably. It seems like Harry is living through that trauma all over again. Whether it's justified by events or not, who knows, but certainly it's understandable that it would prey on his mind.
I feel for him as a person that he seems to be reliving that acute pain.
What all the ins and outs of all the publicity are I'm not up on that, not having watched their series. It's a bit disturbing that it's being covered on major newscasts. Exhibit 1 in their claim that they can't live a private life.
But on the other side of that is the fact, as many vocal critics are clamouring about, they are choosing to ramp up the publicity and coverage for their series and other endeavours.
So who really knows. Except them. I just hope things end up well for them. And their kids. So far, even from a distance and not following all the noise, it's a bit of a circus, for sure.
As for family drama, yeah, it's that time of year. Unavoidable in many cases. Too bad, but life is apparently like that.