Meghan as a perfect Lady Macbeth ‘looking like th’innocent flower, but being the serpent under it’ and Prince Harry as the weak dupe thane, in thrall to his wife and persuaded, perhaps against his better judgement, to commit heinous acts of treachery. Because that is what is at bottom of this unholy mess – an inexplicable act of treachery against everything Harry once held dear. More, it is an act of treachery against the Queen. His 94-year-old nan.
As one courtier put it: “Don’t disrespect your granny Harry. You don’t answer the Queen back.”
The British people, because they, are as a rule, beautifully fair-minded, have cut these two opinionated and self-serving royals a great deal more slack than might have been expected.
We have turned a blind eye to a B-list American actress seeking to interfere with centuries of tradition. We have glossed over the fact that our Prince Harry, a man who bravely served his country and whose apparent warmth, cheekiness and quick wit made him our favourite royal, was taken from us.
We welcomed news a new royal baby was on the way and even swallowed the accompanying PR stunt picture (despite the Daily Star’s cheeky headline: “Publicity-Shy Woman Tells 7.67 BN People: I’m Pregnant.”)
And we did this because we believed them to be a love story and, while they were given to making clumsy mistakes, we trusted their hearts were in the right place.
But our trust was misplaced. They have broken our trust and they have broken our hearts. We may never forgive them this time.
The British public draw the line at anyone, but anyone, insulting the Queen. Because, by extension, they are insulting every single one of us.
Prince William was today said to be “really sad and genuinely shocked” by his brother’s behaviour towards the Queen. He speaks for the nation. Hell, he probably speaks for the world.
After the Queen confirmed, absolutely correctly, that Harry and Megan’s life of milking their status to make money across the pond was incompatible “with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service” it took the Sussexes TWO MINUTES to fire back a response.
You can only draw two conclusions: Either it was a remarkably well crafted and edited response concocted in the anger and heat of the moment or, more horribly, it had already been pre-prepared with malice aforethought.
I guess we will never know, but I’ve spent 30 years professionally checking over words written at speed and the Sussexes’ flawless riposte would make them better wordsmiths than the best journalists I’ve ever worked with.
There are those who say, in the true spirit of Lady Macbeth, that Meghan is pulling the strings and that, as an American, she can’t possibly comprehend the difference between the cliched glitzy yank black-tie fund-raising philanthropy and real service. So she’s not really to blame.
Cobblers. It is Harry’s job to explain, and it’s his job to man-up and take responsibility.
A few months ago I made a gag about it being heart-warming when a young couple get themselves off state handouts and into gainful employment after Meghan and Harry announced they were going to be self-funding. I even suggested Harry could find an opening in the doormat industry, as he was showing all the right credentials.
It was supposed to be an ironic comment but today it really does look like Harry’s role as doormat is cemented into history.
Oh, and if you thought the royal family was over the worst think again.
Harry and Megan’s petulance may be, damaging to Queen and country it most certainly is, but it’s also the stuff of great drama. Which is exactly what Oprah is expecting for her money on March 8 when this car crash becomes a motorway pile-up of Armageddon proportions.
Oprah, as we know is a close friend of Meghan’s, having met her precisely once prior the the royal couple’s wedding at which the US TV legend took a starring role.
If Meghan reckons she’s a girl with her eyes on the prize she is about to get schooled by the global Queen of over-achievement. Oprah is the best interviewer in the world – the quintessential smiling assassin twisting the knife ever so gently until she hits a vital organ. She never misses.
Apparently the Oprah special finished filming last night.
And, as Lady Macbeth chillingly concluded, “what’s done cannot be undone.”
— to www.express.co.uk