Unprecedented pressure on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after 12 hellish days

As far as I can tell, the best thing about being Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex right now is that no one is going to force them to go to Birmingham. The Commonwealth Games opened in the Midlands city on Friday, and various members of the royal family will be sent out in the coming days to wave the flags in the best possible way.

It doesn’t matter that most of Europe is busy applying SPF 50, or that the Queen has begun her usual summer vacation, or that the beaches of Mustique are called. To be a current member of the British Monarchy this week requires all available Royal Highnesses to step forward and look very pleased to have to wear Team GB polo shirts and watch badminton.

Having fled more than two and a half years ago to sunnier climes and bolstered bank accounts, this tedious duty is no longer a part of Sussex life.

Little favors, huh?

However, aside from the fact that the couple won’t have to contend with so much polyester and so many hours of archery anytime soon, things don’t look so rosy for Montecito as the couple has been taking hit after hit lately. 12 days or so.

Fast forward to July 18 when Harry and Meghan were flying to New York for a meeting at the UN and the Duke was asked for an address to mark Nelson Mandela Day. The couple made their way to the foyer of the famous building, masterfully displaying what has become the hallmark of their post-royal career – purposefully marching into important buildings for supposedly important meetings and events, after which … seemingly nothing much happens.

Anyway, they’re back! Back to your quasi-royal devils! Harry had a speech, Meghan had a Jackie O-inspired black dress – what could go wrong?

Well, first of all, not so many people came. When the Duke of Sussex delivered his address, speaking about climate change (conveniently forgetting that the family uses private jets on flights), misinformation and abortion rights (all good stars on those fronts), the vast majority of the seats were clearly empty.

For some reason, most of the great and good members of the international body seem to have decided to be elsewhere and not watch the sixth in line to the throne crack international statesmanship. (Maybe waffles were served in the UN canteen?)

If Harry looked gloomy when the paparazzi caught the couple leaving the Italian restaurant Locanda Verde, he had every reason to look sour. Biographer Tom Bauer’s book was published that week. Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors.

Bauer’s book is a largely ruthless, highly unflattering look at the Sussexes, portraying them as fueled by selfishness and some misconception that Meghan will be Mark’s Diana of two, aside from the fact that, according to the biographer, she seems to have , there was no interest in the monarchy, no desire to sort out its old ropes and little enthusiasm for the boring parts of His Royal Highness.

Bauer held press rounds throughout the week, offering a series of caustic remarks, including that he thought “they pose a real threat to the royal family” and called the duchess a “very scheming” person.

What is surprising is the reaction of Montecito, and the Sussexes have not yet commented on anything. While the duo have filed several lawsuits against various media outlets in the past and sent out legal letters during the storm over their daughter Lilibet’s name, they have remained firmly silent on this occasion.

What followed was a development in a Florida court where the Duchess’ lawyers delved into the “subjective” nature of truth. Earlier this year, the former actress was sued by her former half-sister Samantha Markle for allegedly telling “false and malicious lies” during a high-profile interview with Oprah Winfrey last year.

Lawyers for the Duchess of Sussex decided this week to close the case and legal papers were filed arguing that Meghan’s description of growing up “as an only child” during the interview “clearly should not have been a statement of objective fact”. and was “a textbook example of a subjective statement about how a person relates to his childhood.”

While this argument has more than a connotation of Philosophy 101 (what is truth?), this strategy then raises the obvious question: if Meghan’s characterization of her upbringing was “subjective”, then were there any other damaging statements she made during two years? -Hour story-everything is also “subjective”?

One bright spot on the horizon for the duo during all of this was Harry’s successful appeal to the High Court for judicial review of the Home Office’s decision to no longer provide him with permanent bodyguards while in the UK.

Except that even that wasn’t a very successful dunk; the fact that a validation has been granted does not mean that it will automatically succeed.

Then there’s the cost of all the legal confusion. Sun reported that the UK government had spent $156,000 on the case from last September to May 2020. If Harry’s expenses are similar, that would mean he also spent a six-figure sum to contest a case about his security measures, which only apply to the few days a year he spends on average in the UK after being fired.

This bill can only be increased if he ends up losing the case, as the Home Office has previously said it will try to recover the costs if it wins.

While August is traditionally a quiet month at Planet Royal, the rest of the year promises to be hectic.

Harry looks down on some of the most monumental months of his life since Megzit’s sonic boom, with the news that his memoir will be published before Christmas, and with Page six revealing that Netflix wants a series of documentaries about the couple “homemade” (shut up, you’re back there screaming “reality show”!) to the screens this year as well.

This book and show will likely prove to be huge commercial successes for the couple, much-needed professional wins after exactly no content has been released for the streaming giant since 2020 to this point – but at what cost?

If one or both of these projects are focused on anything more than the Sussexes launching a new volley of complaints about their treatment by the royal family, punctuated by some episodes of their caring, then they may be playing with fire.

If this scenario were to materialize, they would risk looking dangerously like little more than eternal whiners clinging to self-proclaimed victim status in their $20 million mansion at a time when war, fires, floods and monkeypox are poisoning life. World.

Plus, the two releases could take a toll on his tainted relationship with the House of Windsor, a relationship that is reportedly hanging in the balance.

How sun former royal editor Duncan Lacromb recently told the Daily Beast: “Once the book comes out, William will have to make a decision about what he’s going to do with Harry, but he’s not going to do anything until he knows what’s going on.” every page of this book. The reality is that if you, as a senior member of the royal family, wrote a candid book, you broke the first rule of the royal family.”

If Harry’s book and/or their Netflix series sees them paint big new targets on the backs of the monarchy, then Queen and company will. sit back and suffer another hellish round of monarchist reputation killings?

So far, the Sussexes’ repeated provocations in the media have been met in London with a certain air of authority and contrived disdain, but if the Duke and Duchess continue to taunt the royal family, we may soon find the firm has very sharp teeth.

For example, the duo, of course, still use their gifted Sussex titles from the Queen day in and day out. While only Parliament could officially annul these titles, that doesn’t mean that the weight of the Crown, and Harry’s father and brother, couldn’t make them stop using them anymore.

Will Prince Harry and Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor (or Prince Harry and Princess Henry of Wales), as they only then called themselves, be so in demand in Hollywood?

There is so much at stake for them in the coming month – their image, reputation, career, and perhaps even a large sum of money. But there is always a narrow lining: at least no one is going to force them to sit until the end of a table tennis match anytime soon.

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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