A Royal Mess: An American’s Thoughts on Meghan, Harry, Oprah, and the Queen, Part 1

This is Part 1of a series of posts on Harry and Meghan. Here’s Part 2 and Part 3 and Part 4 and  Part 5 and Part 6.

A few years ago, I developed a problem with insomnia. I would go for days with just a couple of hours of sleep in my tank. It’s getting better now that certain life transitions have finished, but I still do wake up at 2am from time to time. My classic way of handling sleepless nights is to get some water, open the window a crack, and start reading the gossip blogs on my phone — much better than opening my email and dealing with editor requests.

These gossip blogs aren’t the usual mainstream Hollywood websites and news sources, like People or ET. Most of the stuff there is just rewritten press releases from a celebrity’s communications professionals. I typically start at the blind gossip websites, where they have a disclaimer at the bottom saying that they are “entertainment,” which saves them from lawsuits. The game is that they leave out the names of the item of gossip, commenters have to guess who it is, and then a few months later they might reveal who the celebrity actually is.

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