There’s going to be a lot of people saying a lot of negative things about Prince Philip. That’s just the way of the world now. Myself, I think the best description of Prince Philip came from David Starkey, who compared Philip to being a real-life version of One Foot In The Grave’s Victor Meldrew. Much like Victor, you sometimes couldn’t believe that Philip had said what he said but, at the same time, you knew he usually meant no offense.
My first real memory of Prince Philip was a news story that accused him of cheating in a yacht race. From that moment on, I liked him.
I didn’t watch Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah, though I’ve since read the transcript and seen excerpts. It’s pretty much inescapable, no matter how much you try to avoid it.
I personally have no doubt that there were many elements of truth in the story that Meghan told. though I have a hard time believing that she went into her marriage as naively as she claims. I also imagine there’s a good deal of truth in the recent spate of stories of Meghan behaving like a bully to her staff. There’s a ring of truth to the accounts on both sides of this conflict. There’s a tendency, especially in America, to try to break every story down to the good guy vs. the bad guy but I’m not sure that there are any truly good guys or bad guys in this story. Instead, there’s a just a group of people who don’t really serve much purpose beyond providing the public with a distraction.
The real story here seems to be that Harry’s really pissed off at his father. It’s interesting how many of the Royal scandals can be linked back to Charles being a complete and total flake. It’s pretty much an open secret that Elizabeth doesn’t feel that Charles has what it takes to be king. That’s the problem, of course, with a system that automatically gives power to the first born. (Of course, as disheartening as the idea of King Charles III may be, it’s infinitely preferable to King Andrew or King Edward IX.) Still, it’s possible to have some sympathy for Harry while also acknowledging that, if not for his family, no one would have the slightest idea who Harry was. Outside of his family, Harry’s just not that interesting of a person. Many people have conflicts with their parents and move away from home after they get married. Only disaffected royals get interviewed by Oprah.
The British Royal Family is silly and antiquated tradition and it’s also one that everyone’s going to miss if it ever goes away.
Meghan and Harry stepping back from their royal duties and “(working) to become financially independent” is one of those things that sounds good but I’ll be shocked if it lasts. When you’ve never actually had to work, you don’t realize what a drag it actually is. Meghan can probably handle it but Harry?
I give this experiment a year.