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Old 01-24-2020, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Hallo girl View Post
Joining the RF must be difficult, do you leave your old friends behind, and blend in with royal circle.
Does the royal friendship circle accept you, especially if you are a total newbie.

Can you trust your old friends not to give up tales, however innocent about you.

Is that why we do not really know who are the close friends of the royal family, in particular the older members. We seem them at Ascot etc with people, but are they true friends, acquaintances, or a request by the government to entertain.
I have been critical of Meghan in the past but I do not under estimate what she faced, IMO she did under estimate.

That's what I said about the whole "quitting the monarchy" thing. The media isn't going to go away. They will probably end up with more of it without royal protection.

Old 01-24-2020, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by _Heather_ View Post
I completely agree. But then again, tone-deafness seems to be a recurring theme with these two. They very much seem either incapable or unwilling or maybe an awful combination of the two, to read the situational appropriateness of much of what they say and do. And their complete lack of self-awareness about how they come across to others when they fail or decline to read the mood really boggles the mind.
They already have used it as a double standard - there was actually no need to bring Kate into this, so for all the criticism of the tabloids for fostering a Kate vs. Meghan feud....well, you can figure it out

Oftentimes the message you're trying to convey gets lost in HOW you convey it - that's what happened in part with Meghan. Instead of people sympathizing for her because she doesn't feel supported, they feel disgusted that she's complaining while millions of people in Africa don't even have basic needs to survive. Even had she said that in a neutral environment, her comment about how no one asked her if she was ok before (Bradby did) was a passive aggressive shot at the BRF. This comment in an unfortunate interview is going to be remembered for a long time as people will believe that it epitomizes her overall character.

Old 01-24-2020, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by poppy7 View Post
Really? She isn't using her Twitter. Was it on Instagram? But surely any family friend would see what the so put all.ofnthem true is beyond belief? In any case Rose's husband is closet to William.
I'm pretty sure it was Twitter and I'm not repeating the word(s)! lol

I just know she posted about the DM and IIRC the link was posted here when it happened.

Old 01-24-2020, 06:13 PM
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There is an article in The Sun with someone named Norman Baker calling for taxpayers to look into Charles Duchy funds:
Old 01-24-2020, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Mbruno View Post
Actually, of all royal brides, I think Queen Letizia is probably the one who had to endure the worst in my opinion. From the moment she was engaged to then Prince Felipe, she was called an abortionist, an atheist, a republican, the woman who would bring down the monarchy, "Letizia la ficticia"and so on, so forth. Her family was insulted because her grandfather was a taxi driver or whatever. And the insults and the abuse have continued up to today even though she is now queen consort (it suffices to read certain Spanish blogs and YouTube channels; it is vicious !). Her fashion style is constantly criticized in Spain (even though it is on the contrary generally praised in the US and the UK) and she has also been accused of being a control freak, of keeping her daughters from her in-laws, forcing her husband to distance himself from his sisters, ignoring protocol and etiquette, and she has even been booed in public.

In fact, even poor gentle Queen Mathilde , who is normally immune from tabloid gossip, had to deal with rumors that she had conceived her (four !) children by artificial insemination ! And CP Victoria had to wait 10 years I guess until she was allowed to marry Daniel.

So, yes, many royals get their fair share of roughness and feeling like they are somebody else's "possession". To be fair, however, Letizia or Victoria for example did not have a choice really because one was married to the heir to the throne and the other is the heir herself. It is not so easy for them to walk out then as Harry and Meghan can do.
It's unfortunate that these women had to deal with this type of behavior and no one blinked or said it's wrong or unethical. The women apparently thought that going through that would be worth it in the end. Meghan and Harry did not so they are stepping back as a family. They are also showing a lot of people who are stuck in similar situations how they can fight back against it.
Old 01-24-2020, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by _Heather_ View Post
She did put up a second post on IG that called the DM all sorts of names. However, it did have a tone that seemed very much like she was embarrassed and irritated that her first post was made so public by them. It didn't really appear to be a "yeah, maybe that wasn't my smartest decision ever" post but a "how dare you call attention to my public post" type thing. More of a "not sorry she did it but very sorry she did got caught" kind of thing. And I did see the first post, she can spin it however she wants but but the wording of it was quite clearly a spin on Harry and Meghan's announcement. Anyone who thinks it wasn't is delusional. Now, did she really mean anything by it other than using something that was big news at the time to post a "funny little something?" I don't know and neither does anyone else. But her attack on the DM definitely came across as a "how dare you publicize my public post" kind of thing. I definitely get the impression that there's not really much love lost there and it did all appear to rather be a bit of an eye-rolling type post directed at Harry and Meghan and the drama.

That was my take on her tone too. I think she didn’t like that what she posted was made so public. Understandably. What exactly she meant by the post is debatable, but it was certainly about Harry and Meghan, and it didn’t seem complimentary to me.

My only other take away from her rant was that it was incredibly poorly written.
Old 01-24-2020, 06:33 PM
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Old 01-26-2020, 04:37 AM
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Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Current Events 1: May 2018 -

According to the times, royals have offered H&M to come back to the Uk without assuming royal duties to escape the press interest in North America.

“Senior royals are drawing up contingency plans to provide the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with a haven in the UK, amid fears that the intrusion of photographers in North America could force them to move back across the Atlantic.

Sources close to the royal household say Prince Charles and Prince William have been “reaching out” to Harry and Meghan to say that if they wanted to return to the UK full-time they could do so without having to resume their official royal duties.

Courtiers fear the pressure of media scrutiny on Vancouver Island, where the Sussexes are staying, will take a heavy toll on the couple.”
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Old 01-26-2020, 05:07 AM
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Of course they will welcome them back, I have the feeling the BRF see the Canada move as a bit of a teenage tantrum which its easier to go along with to a certain degree to avoid a full family rift.

I suspect the RF and aides knew moving to Canada wouldn't get rid of the press and the attention but sometimes you have to let them go and find out for themselves while leaving the door open for their (eventual?) return.

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