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They were the Fab Four – the sons of Diana, the Royal Family’s star players set to keep the monarchy not only popular on the world stage, but also relevant with their modern attitude and desire to bring about positive change.
Now two of them have decided that not only do they not want to be a part of it, they don’t even want to live here.
Prince Harry was just 13 years-old when he had to walk behind his mother’s coffin and the circumstances of her death have weighed heavily on him into adulthood so it’s understandable that he should be terrified of history repeating itself.
However, with great privilege comes responsibility and the way the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced last week their intention to step back as senior royals showed not only a shocking naivety, but also an unforgivable lack of respect to Prince Charles, Prince William and, most importantly, The Queen, who frankly, at 93 has enough to deal with at the moment without this distress.
She has spent almost 68 years in service to the country, only to see the institution be treated with utter disdain by her own grandson.
The obvious temptation is going to be for the public, led by the British media, to turn Meghan into the Yoko Ono of this equation, but I believe this turn of events has as much to do with Prince Harry’s mental health issues.
However, if they are so intent on running off to Canada (in fact, she was back on a plane within a couple of days) then so be it. As disappointing as their decision is, the monarchy is in safe hands with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Just leave your HRHs and titles at the door on your way out.
Harry is a prince by birth so there’s little he can do about that one. He can’t change the fact that he’s the future king’s brother (as much as it appears he would like to) and that means he will still require security.
After last week, the bill for that can go to Henry Windsor at Frogmore Cottage and it can be passed on along with the bill for their housing renovations and the massive wedding.
As for their wish to become financially independent, only five per cent of Harry’s revenue comes from the sovereign purse. The rest comes from the Duchy of Cornwall. Mrs Sussex is obviously out of work at the moment.
Financial independence means no support at all.
Time for a conversation with auntie Fergie about scraping a living I think and maybe Meghan’s agent should have no problem getting her on Ellen, Kimmell or Corden.
Globes of steel
What’s the secret of good comedy?….
From the coverage across all media it’s pretty obvious to me that a decision was made in newsrooms across the world days before the Golden Globes were even held that they would be covering the reaction to Ricky Gervais’ fifth turn as the ceremony’s presenter.
I would even goes as far as to say that it was pre-decided in those newsrooms whether their publications would be feigning outrage or applauding his audacity before he had even spoken a word.
They were able to do this because the one thing they could count on was that Gervais would deliver.
And boy did he deliver!
In 7 mins 45 seconds he shocked and outraged with a masterclass in comedy writing, and just as important, its delivery.
It was brutal, but above everything else it was honest and it will be one of those things destined to appear in those Channel 5 most shocking TV moments and finest comedy moments lists.
And that was without the knockout punch of the Harvey Weinstein crack, which he saved until the end of the night.
Stupid TV quiz answer of the week
What crisp flavour is said to be smokey?