Concerns about Meghan and Harry going scam at Platinum Jubilee

As Meghan and Harry head to the UK, there are fears that chaos will break out from the moment they land.

The rebels are what makes royal history interesting: otherwise they’re just a bunch of half-witted morons with a bad habit of marrying their cousins ​​and occasionally trying to invade France.

The modern British royal family is no different, thanks in large part to the wayward antics of Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Or, as I like to think of them, the Breakaway State of Sussex.)

The renegade duo will be arriving in London in the coming days, their first full return since they threw in the royal towel in 2020, and the only question no one can answer about the trip is whether the Sussexes will be able to survive the four days of the Platinum Jubilee event without being scammed. action?

It’s the unknown that’s worrying Buckingham Palace aides, according to a new report in Telegraphfearing that a “Sussex bomb” would be dropped during the jubilee, while “the courtiers did everything in their power to disperse any potential fires”.

(Does anyone else imagine courtiers loitering around the palace right now filming questionable artwork? Let’s never forget that William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, happily left a painting called Negro page on the wall of their Kensington Palace apartment when the President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama came to dinner.)

While the long anniversary weekend is jam-packed with official events, including Trooping the Color’s first since 2019, a platinum anniversary concert at the palace, and a 5,000-person platinum pageant and an alarming number of puppets – all of which are completely falling under the control of the palace mandarins – it’s exactly what Harry and Meghan might be doing outside of that timeline that’s worrying.

TelegraphCamille Tomini, who revealed that Harry was dating Suits star back in 2016 reported that “the rulers seem to have little knowledge of any of the [the Sussexes] “unofficial” plans” and that “Their habit of making non-public appearances…naturally led to fears that a ‘circus’ was following their every move.”

Just last week, Meghan managed to make a minor splash when she made a surprise appearance in Uvalde, Texas, after 19 schoolchildren and two teachers were brutally murdered by a lone gunman.

(Even in the early days of her royal life, the Duchess showed a penchant for deviating from the script, such as when she decided to write ostensibly inspirational messages on bananas to be handed out to sex workers in early 2019 in Bristol.)

As for the Sussexes’ trip to the UK, the only confirmed information is that they will be staying at Frogmore Cottage, their five-bedroom Windsor home that until recently was home to Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, while Harry and Meghan will be on Friday night. Thanksgiving Service to the Queen at St. Paul’s Cathedral. (It was revealed this week that Eugenie and Jack are moving out of Frogmore and will split their time between the coastal town in Portugal, where Brooksbank will be working on a luxury property development, and Ivy’s cottage at Kensington Palace.)

With only one confirmed walk in the books, the couple has plenty of time to show up at any number of UK schools, day care centers or dog shelters to remind everyone how much they care.

The problem is that no one really seems to know what they are going to do with their time during their British outing. In another Telegraph In a report published over the weekend, the newspaper’s royal correspondent said that “it is believed that the Sussexes only contacted the palace to discuss the logistical arrangements for the anniversary, and the royal aides were kept at arm’s length regarding their larger plans.”

When it came to the fact that “the couple will only deal with official business,” one source told the newspaper: “We’ll see.”

However, the same report also indicated that the former working royals plan to behave in the best possible way and “intend to limit themselves to public events during the anniversary, spending time with the family privately but not making unannounced visits to other places.” . .

Here you have to ask yourself what Harry and Meghan need to get out of this British excursion? They may have a big 16-toilet estate and so many commercial deals that mom Kris Jenner will turn green with dollar envy, but ignore the press releases and their many toilets and things are starting to look a lot less gold.

They have failed to release any content for Netflix in nearly two years, despite the streaming giant inking a deal worth up to $140 million with the duo. Earlier this month, one of their two announced projects was scrapped, and last week it was reported that they are now working on something called a “home” documentary series.

Watching Harry and Meghan take care of hour after hour is hardly the same as the “impressive action-opening content” they originally promised to make.

Likewise, they may have signed a $35 million Spotify deal in 2020, but so far they’ve only released one sluggish half-hour podcast featuring celebrity friends chattering and a trailer for Meghan’s upcoming series called archetypes which was met with a collective “meh”.

Nor have they made any meaningful progress, having established themselves as humanitarians, thought leaders or, in Meghan’s case, proto-political forces.

In short, the Great Megzit Experiment has so far not paid dividends for the Sussexes, other than mixing it up with a designer chicken coop and a promise to do a lot of work that the public has yet to see. began.

Two years after arriving in California, their stellar megawatts faded and they became just another piece of famed fabric in the US, hardly the brilliant ideal of the world-traveling philanthropist many (myself included) thought they would become.

What they need right now to get themselves out of their PR doldrums is a well-timed injection of royal stardust and a chance to remind the world that they are so much more than Kardashian-lite TV fodder.

With the world’s eyes on London, and with a horde of international media now opening a shop down the road from the palace, will the Duke and Duchess squander this opportunity, even if only briefly, to lose sight of them?

Building on past forms, such as their October 2019 documentary about their tour of South Africa where they talked about how hard royal life has been, and Harry’s recent comments about wanting to make sure the Queen is “protected”, they have a knack for taking otherwise, dubious, simple moments and a refocusing of the focus directly on themselves.

The possibilities of how this could happen during the anniversary go beyond possible surprise visits to school, considering their young children Archie, 3, and baby Lilibet will also be traveling with them.

Archie has not seen this British family since he was about six months old and Lily has never set foot on British soil and the Queen is expected to spend time with the babies.

Given that Harry and Meghan have a track record when it comes to making private family matters a little too public (oh, hi Oprah!), could we see them, say, release a photo of Her Majesty with her tiny Lily’s namesake or some other touching shot? a week?

After everything we’ve seen over the past couple of years, there’s nothing special right now.

Just in case anyone was worried that things were too simple, there’s still a problem with Netflix. Although the streaming giant did not apply for press accreditation at public anniversary events, “the prospect of a Netflix crew is said to be terrifying.” Telegraph.

But even though the entrance to the Palace is closed, where does Frogmore fall? Who will make the final decision on whether curious lenses can be allowed to break through the designer walls of the Sussexes’ home? (On Monday night, Sun reported that the duo had renewed their lease on the property.)

If the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do decide to make some kind of coup this week, it will be a gamble. Not only would the British press and public be shocked, the Queen is still highly respected and loved in the US.

Doing something to divert attention from her big celebration might not appeal to American audiences, the very people who need the Sussexes to stream, listen to and buy their future content offerings.

Going down that fraudulent path would also destroy any family bridging that might have been going on behind the scenes. (On the weekend Mirror reported that William and Harry had FaceTimed each other to “reconnect” ahead of the anniversary.)

While this is a waiting game, but for the Palace? It’s not a bad idea to start battening down the hatches.

Daniela Elser is a royal expert and writer with over 15 years of experience working with a range of leading Australian media outlets.

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