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Old 11-25-2018, 11:50 PM
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Royal Rota ITV series with Chris Ship

The Royal Rota series is now up to 5 episodes. Below is the latest, with Robert Jobson on as the contributing journalist:


This episode focuses on discussing Prince Charles' 70th birthday and the recent documentary, Son & Heir.

In addition, Jobson discusses his recent book on Charles. Toward the end of the broadcast, Chris Ship addresses the brouhaha over some of Robson's revelations that in recent weeks led to the tiara drama gossip about Meghan and Harry.

In this episode toward the end, Jobson disavows any knowledge of or responsibility for what other journalists and rags gossiped about as taken from his recent book. Jobson seemed to be trying to promote himself as an above-board journalist, when in fact he too was on the negative bandwagon against Meghan in the beginning. Jobson was negative in his early reporting of Meghan, until it became obvious that it was a done deal and Meghan was the one Harry was determined to marry.

In this Royal Rota episode, Jobson claims that the revelation in his book that Harry said to a staffer, "What Meghan wants, Meghan gets," is true. But Jobson does not connect that quote to any specific incident regarding the so-called tiara drama. Jobson soft-pedals that Harry and Meghan were involved in the stressful lead-up to their wedding, and that Harry probably said this to a staffer as a result of the nervous tension and stress they were experiencing a few weeks out from the wedding. Jobson states that QEII did in fact reprimand Harry and tell him to calm down.

I don't see that as the Queen being upset with either Harry or Meghan though. And the interesting thing is that Jobson does not claim the incident occurred over a tiara. In fact, he mentions not knowing exactly what prompted Harry's outburst.

I disagree with Robson's and Ship's stance that the media has been equally praiseworthy and critical of Meghan as they are toward every other royal. And in fact, I think it is the success and positive coverage that occurred on the South Pacific tour that led to some in the press apparently turning on Meghan once they got back to England. There have been too many petty and negative-slanted stories for that not to be the case. And it's obviously being done for clicks, and to create more drama than may actually exist among the royals.
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Old 11-25-2018, 11:51 PM
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Royal Rota, Episodes 1 and 2


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Old 11-25-2018, 11:53 PM
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Royal Rota, Ep. 3, 4:


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Old 12-17-2018, 03:55 AM
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ITV's Royal Rota, Episode 6, discussing events of the past few weeks, and upcoming. They responsibly touch on the tabloid rumors of rifts, and also discuss M&H's planned move to Windsor, and W&K's trip to Cyprus and presiding over Xmas party at KP for families and children of military:

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Old 12-17-2018, 06:38 AM
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In this Royal Rota episode, Jobson claims that the revelation in his book that Harry said to a staffer, "What Meghan wants, Meghan gets," is true. But Jobson does not connect that quote to any specific incident regarding the so-called tiara drama. Jobson soft-pedals that Harry and Meghan were involved in the stressful lead-up to their wedding, and that Harry probably said this to a staffer as a result of the nervous tension and stress they were experiencing a few weeks out from the wedding. Jobson states that QEII did in fact reprimand Harry and tell him to calm down.
Without a context this now infamous quote has a life on its own!
Only imagination sets the limit for how, when and why Harry said that.

Regardless of my personal view on Meghan, be that positive, negative or neutral, (it's neutral in fact) I'm still far from convinced that there is a row between her and Kate.
As late as today I read an article in Daily Mail on that very topic.
In one paragraph consisting of some 6-7 lines three keywords appeared: Rumors, reports, suggestions. = Speculation.

So unless someone stands up, with name, and says directly: "I quit because Meghan..."
Or Meghan and Kate have a row or a very awkward moment on video.
Or the more serious papers begin to write about "the rift" in their editorials or in columns by very serious political, historical or royal commentators, I prefer to let the benefit of doubt go with the BRF. I.e. there is no rift.

Kate went through something similar. And today, in the article I referred to above, she and her family are now praised!

- Concrete facts or it didn't happen. - Everything else is speculation.
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Old 12-17-2018, 07:11 AM
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Just from experience over the years with knowing many people planning a wedding, its not unusual for the groom to stand back and let the bride orchestrate the wedding day to her specifications. To me, this is what I first thought of when I heard "what Meghan wants, Meghan gets". As besotted as Harry is with his Meghan, its not hard to believe that he'd want her to have the wedding of her dreams.

This is just my thoughts and what makes the most sense to me.
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The same article Muhler refers to also uses the phrase “waspish below-stairs staff.” I don’t think that is a compliment to them. Maybe those staff are where some of the negative stories originate, whether true, false or speculative based on overhearing only part of something.

(I did find it interesting that Kate’s family is now “sensible and practical.”)

I agree with Muhler’s take on this supposed drama as pushed by the tabloids. We really have a lot of speculation. And very few facts.
It seems to me there are snippets with no context that have had whole stories built around them.
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Right, as Chris Ship and his co-hosts soft-pedal in Episode 6, there's no way to substantiate these rampant rumors, most of which are likely pure fiction or based on something innocuous that was overheard and then embellished.

Frankly, I do not doubt that there have been tensions and frustrations that have gone on behind-the-scenes, as is normal in a family of this size and status. Add in the competing staff personalities, the royal journalists, fans and tabloids, and we end up with all kinds of false and manufactured narratives.

Whatever tensions and disagreements that do exist, the royal family surely works things out as best they can. There are only a few trusted friends and family members that they can be assured of being loyal. There may be a bit of palace intrigue going on among staff and courtiers, but I would think that principal members of the family work things out internally and do their best to avoid leaks.

I don't think Meghan and Kate have had any disagreements, but I also do not think they are very close. I am sure they are cordial and that they may even collaborate sometimes on what they are planning to wear, but I don't think they are exactly confidantes at the present time, and maybe never will be. That's understandable because they have different backgrounds and are in their mid-thirties with separate intimate friends and social circles. It's possible they may become closer over time, as their families grow and things evolve.

Right now there's a great deal of interest in the Meghan and Harry romance. And M&H have delightful, open personalities which is somewhat in contrast to W&K. But W&K have their own understated appeal and great senses of humor. Plus M&H are only being themselves and are not trying to unseemly push themselves forward, so they are not to blame for some of the overdone spotlight being shown on them, nor the comparisons that have ensued. KP has been working overtime to ensure positive coverage and attention is being equally distributed, with I've noticed a lot of recent events attended by W&K that seem to be reminiscent of M&H's events pre and post their May wedding. At the very least, M&H's laid-back ease seems to be influencing W&K in positive ways, as they too are seeming to be more relaxed and open during their public appearances.
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