His behavior ranges from the hilariously unintentional (comparing himself to Harry and entwined palm trees and assorted salt and pepper shakers), to downright bizarre (handing a pre-prepared backpack – unprompted – to a no- shelter she meets on the way to school via her bodyguard).
But there’s a cool undertone of menace in the Duchess of Sussex’s latest extraordinary interview with American lifestyle magazine The Cut.
“It’s interesting, I’ve never had to sign anything that stops me from speaking,” she notes at one point, adding, “I really made an active effort [to forgive]especially knowing that I can say anything.
Even the interviewer notes that her voice is “meaningful”. Meghan continues: “I have a lot to say until I don’t. Do you like it? Sometimes, as they say, the silent part is still part of the song.
The language may be strangled but his message is crystal clear: the royal family – his in-laws – better watch his back. She gives the not-so-subtle impression that her treatment by the British establishment – who she says was unlike any other royal in history – was down to race.
This observation is followed by a deliberately aware but slightly wistful gaze into the distance, as if to emphasize his “regret” for all that has been lost – not that it’s all his fault.
His behavior ranges from the hilariously unintentional (comparing himself to Harry and entwined palm trees and assorted salt and pepper shakers), to downright bizarre (handing a pre-prepared backpack – unprompted – to a no- shelter she meets on the way to school via her bodyguard)
It’s hard to know where to begin to decipher Meghan’s extraordinary tweets in the first leg of what promises to be a massive publicity junket to mark her new business endeavors, from her Spotify podcast to a Netflix documentary.
How you read them probably depends on your current view of the famous Duchess of Sussex. Delusional, narcissistic, manipulative… all the words I heard yesterday to describe her daydreams. Others saw him as “brave, powerful and incisive”.
While Meghan has plenty of leeway to voice her opinions on everything from life in The Firm to her plan to get back on Instagram, interviewer Allison P Davis isn’t slavishly flattering.
The point where she describes Meghan’s ‘suggestion’ that she could transcribe the ‘guttural’ moans she emits is comedy aloud.
Davis is also amazed at Meghan and Harry’s decision to accept a free stay at a Hollywood mansion from actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry, a man they had never met before deciding to buy a Montecito mansion. £10million they hadn’t even seen inside. .
She also acknowledges the Duchess’s shrewd efforts to turn her apparent ‘struggle’ as an active royal ‘into content’. Ouch. But she fails to pull her up on some of her more, shall we say, startling claims.
But there’s a cool undertone of menace in the Duchess of Sussex’s latest extraordinary interview with American lifestyle magazine The Cut
Meghan has every right to have any view she wants on the UK media, but it might be best to base that view on facts.
She suggests she could never have raced to school in the UK because the UK media reportedly had 40 photographers stationed in a media enclosure at the gate daily. Strict regulations in the UK on reporting around children – all children, even royal children – which the media voluntarily subscribe to make this simply impossible these days.
And the proof is in the pudding. William and Kate have both dropped off and picked up their children from school since Prince George, now nine, started nursery at the age of two – and not a single photo has ever appeared in the British press.
The irony of her saying that while inviting a hand-picked reporter to invade her son’s privacy and join her on the school run is just, well… I have no words. . A close friend once told me that, historically at least, William shares many of his brother’s feelings about the media when it comes to his mother’s historic treatment and the worst excesses of the paparazzi.
The language may be strangled but its message is crystal clear: the royal family – her in-laws – better watch their backs
The stark difference between the two men, however, is that William has come to accept that 25 years have passed, the media landscape has changed, and the goodwill and public interest in his young family is enormous.
And as long as the children’s daily lives are “enclosed” (which they absolutely are), he and his wife are happy to share their own images with the public.
“But that’s the difference between working for two adults versus a hesitant teenage couple,” someone who’s had experience working with both couples tells me.
At one point in the interview, Meghan refers to people “calling my kids the N-word.” We’re not 100% sure who she was referring to, but if it was the media, it was heinous and wrong.
The constant references to the couple’s children – and their interaction with the reporter interviewing Meghan – are remarkable given the Sussexes’ repeated requests for confidentiality. That said, it’s up to the Sussexes to decide how much they publicly share their family.
She gives the not-so-subtle impression that her treatment by the British establishment – who she says was unlike any other royal in history – was down to race.
When these demands are clearly and repeatedly watered down in pursuit of the almighty dollar, it is incredibly hypocritical. What’s so clear in this interview – and the stylish photo shoot that accompanies it – is that this is exactly what Meghan thought she could do when she joined the royal family.
It’s what she grew up with, aspired to and had started to get a little taste of when she met Harry. There is nothing wrong with that.
But that bright, accessible style of advertising, pushing a basket of home-grown fruit and veg (and a jar of ‘Lili’ jam) into your interviewer’s arms, isn’t what our tweeds around the country and Tupperware boxes in the Royal Family’s pantry is about. Instead of accepting this, she – with Harry as a more than willing co-conspirator – decided to take the nuclear option.
For now, Buckingham Palace has decided to follow the line of least resistance – dignified silence – even in the face of Harry’s repeated digs at his family (including a sarcastic reference to his family not being able to live or work together, as well as a slightly muddled reference by Meghan to what may or may not be her “lost” relationship with her father).
But Meghan – and Harry – would do well to remember, as they fire their final salvo, that their perpetually maligned parents across the pond might be ready to take as much.