God save the Queen!
In a stunningly hard but gracefully crafted Megxit, Queen Elizabeth II signaled yesterday that she wasn’t going to put up with any more nonsense from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life,” said the Queen in a pointed but incredibly elegant send-off that the two former royals hardly deserve.
For the last few months Harry, 35 and Meghan, 38, have behaved like two spoiled brats, with Meghan’s arriviste ambitions laid bare for all to see.
Reports emerged last week that she had secured unspecified voice-over work for Disney after Harry was filmed in July chatting up the network’s top executive Bob Iger at a theatrical premiere in London. They had trademarked their Sussex Royal brand to be able to sell clothing and other items.
And then the high drama began with Meghan’s own Oscar-worthy performance.
After a royal tour of southern Africa, Meghan gave a weepy, tone-deaf interview about how difficult her life had become following so much public scrutiny, never quite understanding that her new role as a royal was to serve the Crown and the Commonwealth, not to advance her career in Hollywood.
Harry sued the tabloids to defend his wife, and the whole scene evoked images of his mother Princess Diana’s own battle with the media. Meghan artfully made herself into a victim, and the couple went into a kind of self-imposed exile, skipping Christmas with the royal family and taking a seven-week “vacation” at a sprawling billionaire’s mansion in Vancouver.
Earlier this month they delivered their own blow to the 93-year-old monarch when they made their bombshell announcement on social media that they were determined to split their lives between the UK and North America yet retain their royal titles, and the Queen be damned!
The PR move sent Buckingham Palace into crisis mode. There were veiled threats from Meghan’s cabal of glamorous celebrity friends, such as Oprah Winfrey, that Meghan, a new mother, was deeply unhappy. She might even be the victim of racism, some hinted, not too subtly putting pressure on the palace to give Meghan what she wanted. Or else.
What Meghan wanted was to have her cake and eat it, too. And in pressuring the palace to allow the family to live in Vancouver — it’s only a three-hour flight to LAX, after all — she unwittingly drove Canadians into a near constitutional crisis.
The Globe and Mail, Canada’s paper of record, rightly denounced “the vague and evolving plan for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex … to move to Canada while remaining part of the Royal Family.”
It was never going to work in a country where royal titles and the idea that society is based on class were abolished after the First World War. Canadian taxpayers were also bristling at the projected $20 million annual cost for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to protect the family.
Oh, and speaking of security, that’s one thing that statement from Buckingham Palace left hanging yesterday. The Palace does not comment on security, it said. “There are well-established independent processes to determine the need for publicly-funded security.”
I say let these new commoners pay the tab.