MY REACTION TO HARRY AND MEGHAN’S SHOCK MOVE
They’ve had a hard time with demented British tabloids’ invasion of their privacy to the extent that they filed some suits against them, but is Canada or anywhere far enough to hide from these snoopy papers? There are reports that these tabloids and their LA kin have started invading the Greater Victoria Region of Canada searching for glimpses of them. I bet they didn’t factor in being tailed abroad by British or American paparazzi.
Oh dear! The Royal Family has decided that from this spring, the Sussexes will drop their royal titles (His and Her Royal Highnesses) and they will no longer receive funding from the Crown. They will now be referred to as simply Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. On top of that, they will refund about $3 million in British taxpayer money that was used to renovate the house they’ve been living in, Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK home.
Recall that earlier this month, Harry and Meghan made a shock announcement that they will be stepping back as senior royals to pursue financially independent lives while supporting the Queen. They said they would spend their time between North America (likely Canada where they spent the last Christmas holidays) and the UK henceforth.
A response from the Queen showed she wasn’t entirely in the dark as was earlier speculated but had hoped Harry and Meghan would give the idea more time for the details to be worked out by the palace. A crisis merting called by the Queen with senior members of the Royal Family on Friday seemed to have quickly hammered out the details aforementioned.
Reactions have been varied naturally. Some have been sympathetic to Harry and Meghan especially in the light of his statement last year that he wasn’t going to be drawn into playing a game with the tabloids that killed his mother but would do everything to protect his wife and son. Some have charged the British press with racism against Meghan, citing instances of her being compared unfavourably with the Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Prince William, Kate Middleton.
Others have accused Harry and Meghan of trying to make money off their royal titles and remaining a burden to the taxpayer through security and travel expenses, while not actually performing any royal duties. Meghan’s estranged father, Thomas Markle, said they were destroying and cheapening “one of the greatest, long-living institutions ever”, the British monarchy.
The most severe criticisms have come from those who, like Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, have accused Meghan of being a manipulative social climber, who has more or less used the Royal Family to gain worldwide recognition and tossed it. As far as these people are concerned, Harry is just going along for the ride and would be discarded by her once she’s comfortably settled in her acting career again.
To be fair to Meghan, Harry hasn’t been too enamoured of the monarchy and the British press himself for quite a while. And who can blame him seeing what happened to his mum?* He’s not in direct succession to the throne (his father- Prince Charles, Prince William and his sons are), with Harry about the sixth in line. Besides, he fancies himself a progressive, like Meghan (they want to shake up the archaic institution of the monarchy). It may even be that Harry was determined to leave if his choice of Meghan for wife wasn’t approved. So in my view, this was bound to happen sooner or later. But Meghan is taking the flak because she’s the woman in Harry’s life at this point when he took such a bold step and also because of her history of strained relations with her own family, her perceived selfishness/conceit and activism.
Nonetheless, it looks like they’ve got what they wanted: their freedom, and the British public got what it wanted: not a penny more to them and a refund of that chunk spent on Frogmore Cottage! (“You can’t eat your cake and have it” cries no more.) Everyone walks away happy, right?
I sincerely hope these two thought this whole thing through. They’ve had a hard time with demented British tabloids’ invasion of their privacy to the extent that they filed some suits against them for publishing Meghan’s private letters and hacking their phone line but is Canada or anywhere far enough to hide from them? There are reports that staff of these tabloids and their LA kin have started invading the Greater Victoria Region of Canada searching for glimpses of Harry, Meghan and their little son, Archie. So while they were right about the tameness of the Canadian press as a reason for moving there, I bet they didn’t factor in being tailed abroad by British or American paparazzi.
They certainly need fresh ideas, or better put, divine wisdom in dealing with this media scourge. And Harry needs healing from the trauma of losing his mum at a young age. Meghan too needs healing from the harassment she has suffered at the hands of British rags. Only God can deal with our deepest wounds and hurts and help us triumph over them. Sometimes, when we desperately fight to prevail in our own power, we fall into the very trap we are trying to escape. In their case, I pray, “God forbid!” In Christ, they can be whole and see themselves as more than conquerors in spite of the hounding from the press. In Him, they can also see greater stability in their relationship with each other no matter what temptations they encounter down the road.
Financially for them, this is where the rubber meets the road …. They need steady income despite being worth a combined $45 million by some estimates. It sounds like big money for regular folks but for celebrities, that amount can go just like that if they aren’t earning money consistently. A beautiful home that they are speculated to be eyeing on a secluded lake front in Vancouver is worth a whopping $21 million. For folks who want to be financially independent, accepting financial help from Harry’s father, Prince Charles, may not be an option although that door is open. They do have their Sussex Royal brand which they had registered before this announcement and can do book deals, merchandising, etc. but they need to be careful not to bring the Royal Family into disrepute.
The challenge is being able to keep sufficiently busy. Meghan has signed a deal with Disney that included doing voice-over work and has a well-known agent in the person of Nick Collins scouring for roles for her. But what will Harry do? Philanthropy is hardly a fulltime job. If he is idle and starts his wild partying from his younger days, the Palace won’t be readily on hand to do damage control as in the past. I hope the couple fully supports each other during the transition. And I hope they don’t lose public goodwill which they need for their charitable endeavours now that they can no longer officially represent the Queen (and haven’t got their royal titles anymore).
That dig at Donald Trump wasn’t wise though (Meghan reportedly saying they will not live in the US while Trump is president) because they may have to spend more time in LA than anywhere else due to Meghan’s acting career. Anyway, they will only be joining the long list of celebrities who hate Trump and claimed they would leave if he became president but didn’t. And these are the celebrity friends Harry and Meghan will be circulating with- progressives who are self-absorbed and living in a bubble! #smh
The American economy is booming and Meghan needs home support for herself and Harry after this separation from the Royal Family. Canada is kind of isolated from her former LA base and doesn’t seem a smart choice for them now.
That being said, I do wish them well. But above everything, I wish they were saved and knew the Lord Jesus intimately. That would facilitate the healing I mentioned earlier. Beyond that, in the journey ahead and all through their lives, they need Him just as much as we all do.
*Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris while fleeing from the paparazzi. Conspiracy theorists have claimed she was killed by those working for the British monarchy because her relationship with Egyptian film producer, Dodi Fayed, embarrassed the Royal Family, even though she was divorced from Prince Charles.
Hope you enjoyed my two cents on this matter. What are your thoughts about this shaking in the Royal Family and on Harry and Meghan’s future?