“What do you think of the Harry and Meghan situation?”
That’s a question I get a lot lately, so here goes.
There appears to be a lot of ego happening here. Harry and Meghan seem to regard themselves as incredibly important. As members of the royal family, they’d have to be a part of something they have no control over, which they both seem too egotistical to accept. Both duke and duchess think they can make it without the monarchy. That’s the impression I get.
Our Instagram era hasn’t helped. The aesthetically pleasing “lifestyle” gurus garner hundreds of thousands of followers – even paid sponsorships. I suspect that this particular royal couple think that a carefully curated Sussex “brand” will bring fame and fortune without all of the hassle of royal duty and its guidelines. The fact that they even have that imagined brand is because of the Queen, who created Harry a duke and Meghan, by marriage, a duchess. Trying to out-maneuver Her Majesty over their roles is severely ungrateful behavior.
Before an excuse is made for Harry leaving due to his being 6th in line to the throne, let me just stop you right there. That would fly if the Cambridge kids were in their teens or twenties, but they are still very young. All three are under the age of 10. The Queen is in her 90s and Charles is in his 70s, and without the York princesses, all other working family members aside from William and Kate are age 55 and up. Not to be ageist, but I just wonder why William’s 30-something brother and sister-in-law can’t step up.
Despite the Sussex attitude, I do have to place a little of the blame on the Queen. I mean, look at Sarah Ferguson – she was married to the Queen’s son, Prince Andrew, and post-divorce lost the “Her Royal Highness” status. However, she remained Sarah, Duchess of York. Once outside the confines of the family, she got busy slinging her York title as a brand long before branding was a thing.
My point is that the Queen giveth, but she does not taketh away, and it set a bad precedent. Sure, someone loses their HRH, but there’s still a tasty bit of title left. That will be the bread and butter for Brand Sussex for years to come, with or without the HRH. The Queen won’t stop them, and they know it. Aunty Sarah proved that.
So, will living as quasi-celebrities really prove to be more fulfilling? I guess we will have to see how they spend their time in this new life of theirs. But if I see a Sussex-brand cranberry juice or diet program or duvet set crop up, I’m packing it in. You heard it here first!