I tweeted through Oprah interview of Meghan and Harry last night. I’ll jot down some random thoughts here, too. Let’s talk about the security bill first, since that seems to have been a big issue for Meghan and Harry.
In these horrid times, security is a necessary companion of the celebrity world. I have no doubt that all high profile people are the target of both random weirdos and international terrorists. No doubt. That’s why all celebrities from Tom Cruise to Brittney Spears have to pay some big burly dudes to escort them to restaurants and to the yoga studio. I’m sure that Harry and Meghan need that sort of protection, too. But who should pay for it?
When they were working members of the royal family — in other words, employees of the state — the British taxpayers paid for it. But what happens when they moved to Canada and stopped working? For a long time, the British people continued to pay for it. So, did the Canadian people. But taxpayers didn’t want to keep paying that bill for people who no longer had a government position. Understandable.
According to the gossip blogs, the price for the security guards was extremely steep, because the UK would send over guys for two weeks, and then fly them back home to be with their families for another week. After the taxpayers balked at the bill, then Prince Charles gave them millions to help with the costs. But I suppose that money stopped after a while, because Charles’s money comes from the British taxpayers and from his buckets of historic ill-gotten gains that aren’t quite considered his own private monies.
But Meghan and Harry are rich people, who live in a $14 million dollar home. They should be able to afford their own big burly guys and not have to deal with the extra expense of flying the guys back and forth across a continent and an ocean. Yet, they seemed to feel that they shouldn’t have to pay that bill, because their celebrity status was based on her short tenure as a working royal.
Should the public pay the security bill not just for the highest ranking government officials, but for their offspring? When Trump was president, we paid for his security detail, as well as Ivanka’s and Don’s. But now that the Trump family is gone, we’re just paying for Trump’s security. If he had been impeached, then we wouldn’t have had to pay that either, which is why some people wanted to impeach him even though he’s out-of-office. If we pay for offspring, where we do draw the line? Offspring’s offspring? Meghan wanted British taxpayers to pay for offspring’s offspring’s offspring. Three levels down. You can imagine why a cab driver in London wasn’t too interested to spending money for a burly guard for a toddler on a beach outside a million dollar mansion in California.
Outside of that issue, Meghan and Harry were unhappy with how Meghan were portrayed by the press, by an asshole comment probably from a 99-year old dude with dementia, by the fact that the Queen wouldn’t let them be halfway royals, and by the fact that Meghan was supposed to play a supporting role to the crown. She said that she didn’t know how the royal family worked, because she never googled Harry when she was dating him. (Hahahaha) She said that she was seriously depressed and needed mental health support, but wasn’t allowed to get it. She’s happy to be in California, where they can live “authentically.”
Last night, one gossip blog responded saying that the royal family bent over backwards to be nice to Meghan, because they wanted to avoid this exact situation. They were nice to Harry, because they wanted him to be able to come back if there was a divorce.
If Meghan and Harry were super unhappy and are happy now, I’m not sure what the problem is. What are they complaining about? I wish Oprah had asked some follow up questions, but since it wasn’t a real interview – just a smart business decision from Oprah – I shouldn’t be surprised. She should have nailed Meghan down on the title issue — Meghan said that she doesn’t care about titles, but then she said she was upset that Archie didn’t have a title. (Even though he will, when older folks die off.) Meh. The whole title thing is so unseemly for an American to care about.
So, what’s going to be the outcome from all this? Brand supremacy for Meghan and Harry? Awkward Christmas dinners? Collapse of century old institution, which is, in truth, rather silly?
UPDATE: Some links. Security cost around $5 million. Charles paid for it. The Canadians paid for it, too, but then stopped. Costs were probably much cheaper in England, because they could group up all those royals in one castle with shared security. Fredo. Earrings.
UPDATE: 3/10 From the Sun, “An insider with close ties to Meghan told DailyMail.com: “Meghan said she has absolutely no regrets about what was said during the interview and that speaking with Oprah was both cathartic and transformative – the best decision she ever made, other than marrying Harry. Meghan said the Royal institution should be relieved that she didn’t name names or go into even more details of what went on behind closed doors. Meghan said waiting to share her story with the entire world seemed like an eternity and that she couldn’t happier with the end result. She said she’s moved on, but is open to communicating with anyone from the Royal family who wants to engage in a constructive conversation.” The insider also said that the chat with Oprah was especially nerve-wracking for Harry, and that Meghan is “incredibly proud” of her “prince” regardless of his title.
UPDATE: 3/11 Although the Queen’s public statement indicates that she wants to mend the rift and lower the temperature in the room, the British press are slowly taking apart many of Meghan’s claims, along with help from workers for the Royal Family. Meghan said that she was denied security, the press gives a break down of Which royals get full and part security. Meghan said that nobody helped with royal protocol, the workers said that she had a huge staff to help out with those matters, but Meghan wasn’t interested in learning those traditions. She traveled, during that period when she said that she was in lockdown. William sounds pissed. A friend says that if the royal family exposes her as a bully, she’ll retaliate with email and texts.
UPDATE: 3/16 Cindy Adams hints that there is a s@x video of Meghan out there. Gossip blogs have made the same hints (see Fredo). Charles paid for the house, so their claims about being “cut off” aren’t true. Even though they weren’t technically paid for the interview, Meghan and Oprah have business partnerships.
Page Six of the NY Post said that Meghan Markle is networking with Democratic operatives, as she considers a run for the presidency in 2024. (Most people don’t think Biden will run for a second term.) The gossip blogshave been saying that she was thinking about this possibility, when her ambitions to become a Marvel superhero didn’t pan out. They don’t say she’ll win though, just that plans are in the works. Can you imagine what Kamala Harris would do to her in a debate? As I wrote last week, I blame Trump for this. It’s a good thing that she’s not thinking about political office in the UK.
UPDATE: 3/24 More signs and gossip about Meghan Markle running for political office; maybe she’ll try to replace Feinstein. I guess Harry got a gig at a Silicon Valley start up, where he’ll be monetizing mental illness. One of gossip blogs made a snarky comment about the only reason that he got a job there was because there’s way too much money out there right now. I think that’s true. Investors have been sitting on their cash for a year and are itching to spend it. This is going to be a great time to graduate with a computer science major. Or any major. The economy is going to boom in September.