Good on you

In between yet more stories about bush fires and Trump starting WWIII (seriously?) this morning there is real news in the media.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly caused a major rift in the royal family in a bombshell move to step back from their role as senior royals, and spend more time in North America.

Yep – turns out Harry was a “senior” Royal.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan made the decision after taking a six week break in Canada to ponder their future.

But they reportedly failed to consult any other member of the royals over their decision, leaving the Queen “deeply upset” and Princes Charles and William “incandescent with rage.”

Choosing not to go into the family business is very upsetting for the family. I get that. But here is the thing: Harry was not ever going to be a “senior” Royal.  He knows that.  Recent reports suggesting that his father wanted to cut down on the roles of his own extended  family (including his siblings) would have sent Harry a very clear picture. His brother has three children.  That’s the problem with family businesses – it is always the one cousin/nephew/niece/what have you that ends up being the chief executive.

So Harry is off to the (former) colonies to make his own life. Where he can aspire to be something other than the King’s son/brother/uncle. So rather that carry on about that awful facial hair or dreadful American wife or whatever it is that so annoys so many people we should congratulate him and wish him well.

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86 Responses to Good on you

  1. It hardly matters, QEII is the last of the royals anyway.

  2. stackja

    Third generation again?

  3. Nob

    Sure, and has been in republicans’ dreams for the last fifty years.

  4. stackja

    bemused – UK Royals keep on keeping on. Cromwell didn’t really succeed.

  5. Archivist

    Very well said. Given the relentless, hysterical media coverage of Harry and Megan, I can’t blame them.

    The last hope for the British royal family is if, when Elizabeth passes, Ann elbows her way in to make a claim for the throne as the eldest child.

  6. Cassie of Sydney

    “Archivist
    #3286966, posted on January 9, 2020 at 10:35 am

    The last hope for the British royal family is if, when Elizabeth passes, Ann elbows her way in to make a claim for the throne as the eldest child.”

    Anne is NOT the eldest child…Charles is…Charles was born in 1948 and Anne was born in 1950.

  7. Cui Bono

    Well he’s not really one of them

  8. Professor Fred Lenin

    Harry can resume the real surname of Battenberg ,sounds good Harry Battenberg , Used Luxury Automobiles in downtown Kingston , New ZYork State,next to Burger King .

  9. UK Royals keep on keeping on. Cromwell didn’t really succeed.

    That was tongue-in-cheek. Once QEII is gone, what the royal family stood for is also pretty much gone. It’s going to be a mere shadow of its former self, taken over by a bunch of prats.

  10. Megan

    I’m more than happy to see the pair of them take off for parts unknown and wish them well. But can they live without the funding, the security details, the massive funding, the free travel, the sycophancy and the attention they claim to deplore but seek at every turn? And are they turning their backs on their titles? I’ll bet not…plain old Harry and Meghan would not attract the kind of attention they will need to make their Clinton Lite foundation a river of money so they can become “financially independent”.

    It did not turn out well for David and Wallis and they had a carefully negotiated settlement that let them pretend they were royals until the end of their lives. This pair just threw a nuclear device into the family via Instagram and expect everyone to be happy about it. The hard work of shaking hands with old people, making small talk with the lower classes, having small children put their sticky hands on you, opening fetes and sitting behind everyone else at events grew old real quick for Duchess Bananagram.

  11. candy

    I understand they keep the Frogmore place and receive money from the Prince of Wales via the Duchy of Cornwall, and keep their titles, as I have read anyway.

    It’s more a case of having your cake and eating it too. Escape the gilded cage which I think would be a strange life, but having complete financial dependence on that family structure. Without their titles they are really no-one special. I really don’t seem them casting off the titles and privilege, but who knows?

  12. Megan

    And whoever is in charge of the delete button on their Insta comments today will have RSI before the lunch bell rings.

  13. candy

    But can they live without the funding, the security details, the massive funding, the free travel

    I think their travel will still be paid for by the Queen’s lot, from what I read, and security. In no way would the Royal Family leave the little family unprotected, one of the Queen’s great grandchildren etc.

  14. Leo G

    UK Royals keep on keeping on. Cromwell didn’t really succeed.

    Nor did Simon de Montfort really fail. The UK will move on from recursive keeping on.

  15. Rafe Champion

    In the Anti Capitalist Mentality Mises described how all the relatives that are not made CEO of the family business become anti-capitalists!

    On a related issue, people may recall the story a few years ago – the elders of the Kennedy clan were getting alarmed about the number of relatives on the payroll and the diminishing capital base that old Joe accumulated to get the ball rolling. Not enough new money in the family I suppose.

  16. Andre Lewis

    Given that his wife has managed to turn Harry into a woke climate change fanatic in a very short time it is no surprise that visiting Canada with its pc crazy PM would encourage them to go off the grid there. No doubt when the limelight is turned off and the luxury lifestyle deteriorates said wife will move on. Probably the best result for Harry.

  17. Roger

    Harry can resume the real surname of Battenberg

    The Battenbergs were a morganatic line of the royal family of Hesse.

    The House of Windsor was formerly Saxe-Coburg Gotha. Bit of a mouthful for Canadians, I expect.

  18. Caveman

    Harry can go back to his roots and start up a real Rugby team in the US, his dad would be proud.

  19. Megan

    #3287003, posted on January 9, 2020 at 11:06 am
    And whoever is in charge of the delete button on their Insta comments today will have RSI before the lunch bell rings

    Well, did not even make it to elevenses. Comments already disabled. I’m amused even if Her Maj is not.

  20. Turtle

    Good point Rafe. Does this explain wealthy lefties – projecting their resentment to the family into the rest of the world?

  21. C.L.

    So Harry is off to the (former) colonies to make his own life.

    Let’s be serious.
    He’s got probably a hundred million in the bank. He’s not going there to make a new life. He’s going there to buy a house.

    The Queen is a wonderful head of state but she’s making a mistake holding on to the Crown as she is. William will probably be close to 70 by the time Charles dies.

  22. feelthebern

    It’s 2020 & the royal family is still a thing.
    Have they gotten rid of the Settlement Act yet?

  23. calli

    I understand he has around 50 million plus. Let them work out their own security, housing, transport and such like all the other proles.

    No good cutting the cord if you’re still financially dependant. That would be a deception.

  24. Sinclair Davidson

    He’s got probably a hundred million in the bank.

    He probably has property. A lot of people forget that the Royal family own property as individuals over and above taxpayer funding.

    If he were smart he would go get a job – in banking or consulting or something. His wife could go back to acting.

  25. Mark A

    C.L.
    #3287039, posted on January 9, 2020 at 11:32 am

    So Harry is off to the (former) colonies to make his own life.

    Let’s be serious.

    He’s got probably a hundred million in the bank.

    How did you come to that conclusion?
    You may be right, but I doubt it, 100 big one is serious money even today.
    How did he make it?

  26. Rob MW

    Good pick up Sinc. I’m supa-sure that one day I’ll miss em’. Probably not soooo much the brainless Hollywood chick but certainly, Harry has exercised his royal balls in rejecting his senior royalty.

    I’m sure that wokeiest Justin of Canada will be pleased to have another couple of serious nutters checking his homework. “Meghan Harry of Canada” (MHoC) – has a nice ring to it.

  27. Confused Old Misfit

    24 months in Canada and Harry & Meg will be looking for a more salubrious situation.
    The first winter is pretty & fun but the second? Too much like hard work on the end of a shovel.

    And yes “William will probably be close to 70 by the time Charles dies.” But that won’t change if the Queen passes tomorrow or next year. Unless you think that the strain of the monarchy would shorten Charles’ life.

  28. Professor Fred Lenin

    Roger , Queen Elizabeth married Phil who is a Battenberg ,becomming Mrs Battenberg ,so Charlie and his sons are Battenberg and the American sheila is Mrs Harry Battenberg . Saxe coburg gotha was Queen Victorias husband George five changed the mame to Windsor during the First World War .his cousin Charles Edward became Duke of Saxe Coburg pre WW1 and fought on the German side against his cousin the Tsar of Russia in the German army of his cousin theKaiser . He later became head of Hitlers Red Cross and was close to theFurher ,He was involved in Hitlers killing of the mentally afflicted ,where they developed the methods later used to kill millions of Jews and other people . Interesting family those Germans .

  29. candy

    I don’t see how they can get ordinary jobs when they still hold the Royal titles and will be provided with security.
    The Queen would not let them be in danger. The could simply change their minds anyway and want those titles back, especially Harry if they divorce.

  30. Helen

    I always liked Harry, the soldiers man. A bit of a larraikin. He has a real soft spot for his mum and the cynic in me says the Duchess has used it well. She is an actress, after all. I hope one day he will wake up from wokeness, He is like sleeping beauty. In the meantime, I hope they are as happy as they can be.

  31. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    I posted this on the Open Forum in response to a post by Nick at 6:20 am:

    “Harry and Wallace split from the Royal Family

    “We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and … ,” they said …

    “This geographic balance will enable us me to raise our son while Sparkle$ susses out her next victim … providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter well away from the family who have surrounded and cared for me during the past 30 years, with an appreciation for the royal tradition … (and) … our charitable entity. but close to a branch of the Royal Bank.”

    We want to use our Royal status and make money“

    Harry appeared to be happy in the armed services where he had smarter men around to tell him what to do. He’s met the slag, she has put on a few virtuoso performances in the sack and that was the end of him. When she’s made her pile, and demands her go-away-payment, the Firm will front with the money, Harry will be broken-hearted and he’ll end drifting aimlessly towards drunk.

    He has to be as big a dill as the bloke who married his mother.

    Wallis-Sparkle$ from Hollywood Boulevard is a stock standard movie world tart, from a family of unscrupulous and unsuccessful chancers – I read her old man had early success as some sort of film technician, that he won a $750,000 lottery and that he ended up bankrupt.

    My advice to young fellas around me, and to mates going around for a second time, is “Look very closely at the family. Pay particular attention to the mother’s character, demeanor and appearance because that is what you will end up with.”

    What a donkey – he could have had all the trappings of a king but none of the responsibility, following behind his brother, one out one back, with nary a care in the world.

  32. lotocoti

    They can always fall back on Sparkle’s residuals.

  33. Mother Lode

    Pondering his future?

    Somehow the fact that he has not had to work for a living makes that ring more than a little hollow. Ordinary people have to look at their preferences and weigh that against how they will sustain themselves.

    He will continue to be an embarrassment. Laughably dominated and emasculated by his stupid, clamorous wife whose career outside of being in the Royal family is now evaporated like her looks.

    They will try to trade on their connection to royalty getting onto boards and committees but the novelty will wear off. If they have any sense the Royals will make sure to distance themselves from him (and her) since they cannot be trusted to behave in a responsible manner.

    I would expect that at some point he will apply for re-admission into the family – when he dumps his wife who will be planning on living of endless TV gigs and magazine columns as the victim. Eventually she will end up living in a trailer in a park in Alabama where the locals laugh at the drunken petty has-been with her airs.

  34. Megan

    How did he make it?

    Inherited it from his mum and the Queen Mother. But at the rate the Duchess has been going through it it won’t last long.

  35. Roger

    The Queen is a wonderful head of state but she’s making a mistake holding on to the Crown as she is.

    I don’t think the Queen regards the Crown as a possession she holds power over and could dispense with but rather as her calling in life and a sacred compact with her subjects, which she swore by oath to uphold before the high altar of Westminster Abbey with her right hand on the Holy Gospels.

    She might step back due to incapacity and permit Charles to become prince-regent – whether official or de facto – but I would be very surprised if she ever abdicated. The ghost of Edward VIII still lingers.

  36. yarpos

    “The Queen is a wonderful head of state but she’s making a mistake holding on to the Crown as she is. William will probably be close to 70 by the time Charles dies.”

    Dont see the connection between the length of Lizzies reign and when Charles dies, he is still in the way regardless of her going another 20 years or abdicating tomorrow. Or are you suggesting she takes Charles with her?

  37. C.L.

    Dont see the connection between the length of Lizzies reign and when Charles dies …

    I didn’t comment on when Charles will die. If she lives and reigns till she’s 100+, Charles will ascend the throne in his early 80s and will himself reign – in all probability – till he’s close to a hundred too. By then, William will be around 60.

  38. Cynic of Ayr

    It’s the B-Grader who wants this. and, by the little I know or care, what the B-Grader wants, the B-Grader gets.
    As said above, sitting behind everyone else at events got old real quick. She didn’t do her homework when she suckered Harry. It has not turned out as it was supposed to. Another failure was she completely underestimated Liz. It’s almost hilarious to see that underestimation unfold every day.
    She thinks she will be much more important in Canada. What she doesn’t realise is, she won’t be important, she’ll just be a freak. For a while.
    If the money river stalls, even by a little, tantrums will ensure.
    Harry’s all right. Pretty smart. Certainly better than that doofus that hung around with Epstein. The B-Grader? Not so much.

  39. Tim Neilson

    Somehow the fact that he has not had to work for a living makes that ring more than a little hollow.

    Be fair, he did do tours of duty in Afghanistan.

  40. Diogenes

    The Battenbergs were a morganatic line of the royal family of Hesse.

    The House of Windsor was formerly Saxe-Coburg Gotha. Bit of a mouthful for Canadians, I expect.

    All things being equal it should be Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg – hows that for a mouthful!

    The only reason is Phil the Greek, born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg took the name Mountbatten is because he gave up his other titles ahead of his engagement to Elizabeth, and adopted the name Mountbatten after his maternal grandparents.

    The reasons for Phil giving up his titles & changing his name , and Lizzie not taking the Mountbatten name are many & varied & iirc one the Mountbatten autobiographies I read had theory was that it was after a campaign led by one of the newspaper proprietors, as payback for a scene in Noel Coward’s “In Which We Serve” , which is based on the HMS Kelly sinking (Lord Mountbatten Capt – Phils uncle)) which lingers on a shot of a real newspaper owned by that proprietor with a prominent headline to the effect “There will be no war” as the ship sinks.

  41. C.L.

    It’s the B-Grader who wants this. and, by the little I know or care, what the B-Grader wants, the B-Grader gets.

    Maybe so but – in a way – can you blame her? She and Harry are fated to be second-best for the rest of their lives. Now, it’s a good life, to be sure, but would you want to end up like that chinless idiot and his wife whose only mission in life is rocking up to Wimbledon every year?

  42. Mique

    What always amazes me is the way those with yearning for republicanism seem never to look around them. It it were possible, the Queen and her heirs and successors could be replaced by inanimate robots, and it would be a better system than an elected Presidency if the American system is taken as the model most people seem to envisage. While it’s unlikely that Charles will ever achieve even a fraction of the universal respect and affection enjoyed by his mother, his reign will be short, and there is nothing in his likely heir’s “baggage” that will attract the odium of even the most rabid media carnivores.

    Sadly for the prophets of doom, the British monarchy will endure as it has for centuries because, as the British learned well from the Cromwell experience, the likely alternatives will be as bad if not worse.

  43. Diogenes

    Oh and the reason the Battenbergs became Mountbattens, is because when Louis’ dad was First Sea Lord Adm Louis Battenberg, and together with Churchill, was responsible for not dispersing the fleet after manoeuvres in August/Sept 1914. He changed his name in 1917 for the very same reasons that George V renamed his family Windsor.

  44. Diogenes

    Mountbatten autobiographies

    oops biography

  45. Speedbox

    I have no doubt that Harry has a significant bank account and I expect hers is ok too, although not as much. Having said that, they are not normal people and their expenses will be huge. Departing England will undoubtedly mean loosing their Civil List allowance and they must rely on money from Charles (Duchy of Cornwall) accounts.

    I am most surprised at the apparent concept that they can live in Canada in any type of style that approaches normalcy. He is a royal prince regardless of whether he actually keeps the title and the idea to “make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” has got to taking the piss.

    Do either of them expect the media to give them a ‘fair go’? Markel will (is?) be painted as the woman who ‘stole’ Harry away from the Royal family and she will be virtually a modern day Wallis Simpson.

    I respect the Queen – I admire her and her resolute determination to act as a dignified and unifying monarch across the Commonwealth. But the end of her reign will bring significant issues in the transition to Charles and I think that Harry and Meghan Markle have just precipitated a huge rupture in the solidarity of the Crown and the Commonwealth.

  46. Infidel Tiger

    So Harry is off to the (former) colonies to make his own life. Where he can aspire to be something other than the King’s son/brother/uncle. So rather that carry on about that awful facial hair or dreadful American wife or whatever it is that so annoys so many people we should congratulate him and wish him well.

    A fundamental misunderstanding of the “family business”.

    A Royal’s life should be about duty and sacrifice for the Institution. Not kombucha enemas and script readings.

  47. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From C.L. at 12:39 pm:

    ” It’s the B-Grader who wants this. and, by the little I know or care, what the B-Grader wants, the B-Grader gets.

    Maybe so but – in a way – can you blame her? She and Harry are fated to be second-best for the rest of their lives. Now, it’s a good life, to be sure, but would you want to end up like that chinless idiot and his wife whose only mission in life is rocking up to Wimbledon every year?

    Nah – Harry was born into the idle rich, that was his lot in life, he is committed. You might compare his non negotiable situation with Jeff Fenech’s – born in St Peters where shop lifting is highly regarded and that became his lot in life. Err – boxing. I meant to type boxing.

    Conversely Empress Markle Sparkle$ sought out fame, footmen, $400,000 worth of clothes in the first year then $250,000 in the second (I read that at Catallaxy). She is definitely the classic cunning female, who will enjoy herself as a future queen until she gets bored with it all and chases down more attractive prey – more wealthy, younger. She is committed only to what Sparkle$ wants, whatever that may be from time to time.

    Naive young Sir Harry will find out when that happens on Twit-for-Brains.

  48. Rebel with cause

    Historically, less senior royals spent their time plotting ways to take the top job. Say what you will about Charles, but it speaks a lot to his character that the Queen hasn’t taken a tumble.

  49. a happy little debunker

    His wife could go back to acting.

    That assumes she ever stopped and there is no evidence that that is the case.
    Wait til the D.I.V.O.R.C.E., because I’ll bet you she gets to keep the title.

  50. Infidel Tiger

    The Royals are not the idle rich or shouldn’t be. Their days should be spent at hospitals, charities and schools.

    It’s a gruelling and thankless job.

  51. feelthebern

    It’s a gruelling and thankless job.

    You’re right.
    Just ask Prince Andrew.

  52. Speedbox

    Remember how, after the birth of their son Archie, they let the media cool its heels for a few hours before making the announcement, then refused to pose for the traditional post-birth photo session and held the christening in private? The names of the Godparents weren’t even released.

    The British taxpayer has spent millions fixing up their new home (Frogmore cottage) and all the while, Harry and Meghan have been drawing from the public purse.

    Many haven’t warmed to Meghan and especially the media.

    Being a British Royal is a job for life with great pay and perks. Sure, there is a price in terms of privacy etc and the closer you are to the Crown, the greater that price. For better or worse, you can’t just pack up and piss off. Don’t underestimate the public’s ability to turn on the Royals. Look at the debacle after Diana was killed and that all started because the Queens Standard was not flown at half-mast over Buckingham Palace.

  53. Infidel Tiger

    Prince Andrew served his country and put his life in danger.

    He’s allowed to let off a little steam.

    He has also had all his privileges removed for failure to adhere to standards.

  54. herodotus

    said wife will move on.
    Are the bookmakers offering odds on this yet?
    I expect it’ll be a “financial adviser” for her and a playmate of the month for him.

  55. Infidel Tiger

    Historically, less senior royals spent their time plotting ways to take the top job. Say what you will about Charles, but it speaks a lot to his character that the Queen hasn’t taken a tumble.

    She had his ex whacked. He’s either eternally thankful or too frightened to act.

    Meghan best not take any limos in Paris either.

  56. ACTOldFart

    As to what the surname should be, I think Harry could cut through a lot of bull$%^t, be brutally honest, and rename himself “Harry Hewitt”. It has nice “action man” sort of ring to it.

  57. wil

    This is the only sensible news event I have heard on the ABC today. Very brave of our Harry. How PC.
    They are very excited.
    The extinction rebellion idiots also get a good hearing. Something about a march tomorrow in the State of Disaster.

  58. kae

    Cassie of Sydney

    Anne will be the eldest child if Charles predeceases her and QEII pops her clogs.

  59. Mother Lode

    Be fair, he did do tours of duty in Afghanistan.

    I was thinking more along the lines that he does not have to work for a living.

    Whatever his motivation for going to Afghanistan was, it was not so he could earn a crust.

    But it is true that immersing himself in the second most hazardous environment a Brit can be sent into* is laudable. But I fear that man has long since perished.

    *After the NHS. I don’t think any Royal will put themselves where a common cold can see you in an induced coma because the surgeon removing your spleen has trouble with English and misread “leave in waiting room for 3 weeks for observation”.

  60. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From kae at 1:40 pm:

    “Cassie of Sydney

    Anne will be the eldest child if Charles predeceases her and QEII pops her clogs.”

    You will be excited to hear, kae, that my future King acknowledged me when he attended the Empire Games here on the Gold Coast (in the year before last?). I was asked to stand aside from a gateway by a sharp looking chap in a suit, who had lots of uniformed police with him.

    I didn’t know why, I just stood there alone then out of the gate came a half dozen police on motor bikes and a big black limousine. He was on the passenger’s side at the rear, he looked directly at me and waved, oh yes he did. It was not an excited greeting nor was it desultory. It was sincere.

    In due course I expect to receive the grant of a modest estate with a moat, fields for the serfs to till, a knight or two for my protection and serving wenches. These things take a little time while they investigate one’s worthiness.

  61. calli

    Kae! Good to see the bloodnut!

    At least they can afford to live in Vancouver. No one else can.

  62. Professor afred Lenin

    Mick ,pleae font hold your breath waiting for your reward ,people with purple faces are not on our approved list .)

  63. Bar Beach Swimmer

    Inherited it from his mum

    From the divorce settlement.

    Prince Charles was reputed to have said that, after the divorce, he had no need for financial advisors because his entire share portfolio had been liquidated to pay the settlement provisions.

    Re the minor royal status. Of course that would have happened at some future point once Prince William’s children reach their majority. Just like what has happened along the way to the Dukes of Kent and Gloucester, when the Queen’s children grew up and began to take up royal duties. But happening at this time, it will increase the workloads of Princes Charles and William and their wives. In this case, Prince Harry has preempted what is a natural process under these particular constitutional arrangements. But if the story is accurate then the Sussexes should have to relinquish their HRH titles, as Princess Diana had to upon her divorce, because those titles go with job of being a specific royal. Which is to say being required to stand-in on behalf of the monarch, which Kent and Gloucester continue to do when required.

    And there should be no ability to return to the duties of public life and thus the civil list and the HRH titles if it does not work out in the colonies. Of course they would have had to have considered the ramifications before the announcement but the change will come as a shock as it did once Edward VIII & Wallis moved out of the Palace. There are too many similarities between the two couples to not think that it won’t end well for Harry.

  64. I_am_not_a_robot

    … awful facial hair …
    Oh I agree, His Royal Highness ought to be sporting something regal, more majestic.

  65. Entropy

    Maybe the queen could take Charles with her. That would be good. Very desirable n fact. Sort of like a Viking Queen.

  66. Dr Faustus

    ACTOldFart
    #3287171, posted on January 9, 2020 at 1:23 pm
    As to what the surname should be, I think Harry could cut through a lot of bull$%^t, be brutally honest, and rename himself “Harry Hewitt”. It has nice “action man” sort of ring to it.

    Hope you realise that The Star (UK chip wrapper) has you marked as a “cruel troll”.
    Bear up.

  67. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Their children will need to know their great-grandma and all the rest of their wider family.
    They have no significant family in Canada or the US.
    Christmas could end up being a bit bleak.

    I wish them well, but think they have made a wrong call.
    Duty demands more of them than they are prepared to give.
    Yet Harry once knew his duty to his country, in the army.
    He may end up disressed with Meaghan’s inability to see this side of him.

    Still, money will soften the blow. Maybe.

  68. mundi

    Prince William looks really really old and unhealthy for his age. I’m the exact same age. Harry seems to be the only royal who actually does things like… go outside.

  69. 2dogs

    It would save money if they made Harry the Canadian GG.

  70. Squirrel

    If nothing else, this will distract the British media from victim-blaming and related PC condescension about our bushfires.

    There are plenty of other spare royals (even with Andrew in the sin bin) to do the nodding and waving and hand-shaking and (occasional) hugging duties, so Harry and Meghan may as well go off and do other stuff which might, if they get it right, contribute more to the sum total of human happiness than what they’re doing now.

  71. Viva

    It was always going to happen. The British Royal Family were next in line to be Markled.

  72. Roger

    All things being equal it should be Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg – hows that for a mouthful! The only reason is Phil the Greek, born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg took the name Mountbatten is because he gave up his other titles ahead of his engagement to Elizabeth, and adopted the name Mountbatten after his maternal grandparents.

    And when Louis Mountbatten argued that due to her marriage to Phil the royal family should henceforth become the House of Mountbatten, Queen Mary & Winston Churchill persuaded the Queen to issue a proclamation that the family surname would remain Windsor.

    She was, after all, the Queen.

  73. jupes

    If he were smart he would go get a job – in banking or consulting or something. His wife could go back to acting.

    We don’t know how smart he is. He was a good junior officer in the army (which requires a fair amount of brains) and he is the figure-head of a charity. As we have seen in the last couple of years, his judgement is appalling. If anyone hires him in a senior role as a banker or consultant, then they would be hiring him because of his Royal past, not for his banking or consulting skills. In which case he may as well remain a Royal.

    As for his wife’s acting skills; she was a minor actress in a minor TV show. She was no Grace Kelly. I doubt that Hollywood producers will be lining up to sign her for their next (supposed) blockbuster.

    What will be most interesting is what happens after their life turns to irrelevance, and Megan leaves Harry. What will the fool do then?

  74. Sadly for the prophets of doom, the British monarchy will endure as it has for centuries because, as the British learned well from the Cromwell experience, the likely alternatives will be as bad if not worse.

    Cromwell was a religious fanatic who was replaced by James I and James II who brought back absolutism…then fanaticism…just like Cromwell.

    Amazing that monarchists use this silly trope and no one cares about massive voter fraud in Australia, let alone compulsory voting for millions of disinterested mendicants.

  75. Megan

    Christmas message 2019 –

    Big Lizzie: “The path, of course, is not always smooth, and may at times this year have felt quite bumpy. And, as we all look forward to the start of a new decade, it’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change”
    MeAgain* “Hold my beer.”

    * This attention seeking narcissist dares to bring my Nom de Plume into disrepute. HOW DARE SHE?

  76. Megan

    It would save money if they made Harry the Canadian GG.

    I suspect the French speaking dropkicks from Quebec might throw a massive tanty.

  77. Diogenes

    After reading their own words, if the Queen were not a Lady, and say the GodPresident Trump, the correct response would be…
    “In light of their wishes, the title of Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kileel, will be bestowed on my grandson Archie upon his reaching maturity, in the meantime, the title will become dormant, and as today, Harry & Meghan will no longer be styled His/Her Royal Highness, and will adopt whichever surname they choose.
    Harry will immediately lose all his Honorary Military Appointments.
    Harry will cease drawing from the sovereign fund^, and the couple have 30 days to close down their Buckingham Palace office and remove any private possessions from Frogmore House which they occupy at the Queen’s favour.”
    And another announcement from Chuck, saying that they will no longer draw income from the Duchy of Cornwall*, as they should be able to live on the 40million Harry inherited from his mother.”

    The cynic in me says that the supposed links between Meghan & the Hildebeest, means they have worked out how to make even more money through “charitable foundations” than from the royal family

    ^ 5% of their income
    * granted to the Heir Apparent since 1337 so that he has an income independent of the Crown, the remaining 95% of their income

  78. candy

    Cultural differences I think play a part. Even though it’s just USA and UK. Different expectations.

    I do wonder though if it’s something simply personal too, that Kate M. and Meghan were simply jealous of one another, as per what women do. Only room for one glamourous and lovely Royal lady whose style and beautiful looks are admired. Kate M, married to, and mother to, a future King of England, and perhaps Meghan felt under-appreciated. And Kate M. felt a little challenged by a pretty and vivacious wife of her husband’s brother getting so much attention that had been her space only for some years.

  79. Robin

    A Current Affair’s breathtaking report included some ponce royal watcher from the UK with a weird tie who announced with great confidence that Harry was worth $40 mill. (via Diana, the Queen Mother and someone else – not the taxpayer).
    I hasten to add I only happened to catch it before I changed over to get the tennis. Once I realised what I’d stumbled on, of course, I kept watching – transfixed.
    What is it about the British Royals that does that? Like sport, it’s a diversion from the serious stuff going on everywhere else – important because its not important.
    And isn’t it fun to think we know these people and why they do the things they do?
    I imagine Harry has carried the awfulness of his mother’s life and death since childhood. How ghastly to read some of the press around that time and to see his mother and father bearing all on the TV. The sight of those two little boys alone behind the coffin was a form of child abuse.
    It’s easy to see how this could affect his decisions now he has found a woman who is (maybe) encouraging him to sick it up their clacker.
    It seemed to me that Meghan imagined she’d sweep in and change hundreds of years of tradition in a single leap. But, as we all know, learning to live with a spouse’s family especially in close quarters sharing a business, can be suffocating and prison-like. The reality of it all probably shocked the socks off her.
    We can only watch and wait.

  80. Harry and Megan’s PR people probably not too excited by the reaction to the defection to Canada.

    Feel sorry for the Queen over this as been badly handled and Queen etc caught by surprise.

    The comments on Daily Mail gone over 30,000.

  81. Fair shake of the sauce

    Press Release to Household: I am taking a 6 week break and when I return shall announce I am stepping down from my Senior Household duties to forge a progressive new path. I will continue to fully twitter support my family. God save the cricket!

  82. Xword

    And some still yearn for a republic … Personally, I couldn’t cope without all this marvellous theatre

  83. Karabar

    Some interesting thoughts on the subject are in this video:
    https://youtu.be/tkMZIB-Qfao

  84. Steve

    They have already announced they will be getting into the charity/foundation game. Big money ask the Clintons.

  85. Vicki

    Personally, I can’t stand the whole “royalty” thing. Yes – I know that it has historical relevance in the sociological evolution of our species – but hell – what relevance does it have in the 21st century? I have always thought that the idea that a particular family should require deference in a democratic society is ludicrous.

    Anyway – the appearance of the Holywood actress was always, it seemed to me, ill-fated. How could you possibly view that charade of a wedding that offended every British royal tradition (even if you are sceptical of such frippery) as respectful? It surely foretold of the very petulance that the Holywood actress is now displaying. It really is, though, a saga for our social media age in which the most hideous people become mega stars overnight. It would have been naive to think that the British monarchy would not fall foul of the times.

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