The 400-person audience at the Miami Beach 1 Hotel crackled with expectation as their next speakers entered the stage.
Guests included former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Greek shipbuilder Stavros Niarchos, American sports legends Alex Rodriguez and Magic Johnson, the famous architect Sir Norman Foster and the owner of Patriots Robert Kraft.
The common denominator among the ultra-exclusive meeting last Thursday was that they were all immensely rich, either multi-millionaires or billionaires.
They were invited there by JP Morgan Chase & Co, the largest bank in America and the sixth largest in the world with a balance sheet total of $ 2.6 trillion.
And the main act was the duke and duchess of Sussex. So far, they have refused to confirm reports or refuse to be paid between $ 500,000 and $ 1 million for their appearance.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (shown in London, in January) were the main act at the JP Morgan Chase & Co event. So far, they have refused to confirm reports or refuse to pay between $ 500,000 and $ 1 million for their appearance
The 400-person audience at the 1 Hotel in Miami Beach (photo) crackled with expectation when their next speakers entered the stage. Guests included former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Greek shipbuilder Stavros Niarchos, American sports legends Alex Rodriguez and Magic Johnson, the famous architect Sir Norman Foster and the owner of Patriots Robert Kraft. The common denominator in the ultra-exclusive meeting last Thursday was that they were all immensely rich, either multi-millionaires or billionaires
They were introduced by their friend, CBS News host Gayle King, and after a brief introduction by Meghan, Harry gave a speech on his favorite subject: mental health.
More specifically, he spoke of how he has undergone years of therapy to tackle the death of his mother Princess Diana.
This was not all new territory.
Indeed, Harry has talked about little else in recent years, and even now, 23 years later, he has constantly voted in public speeches about his “struggle” with his grief.
It would be a heart of stone not to have sympathy for a man who was only 12 when he was made to walk behind his mother’s coffin for a billion TV viewers.
I remember seeing that at the time and thought it was a disgraceful heartless thing to have a heartache boy do.
But Harry is not the only one who ever lost a parent when he was young. Unfortunately it happened to many millions of people, including me – my father died when I was one.
And there is a big difference between talking about it to make the public aware of grief-related psychological problems – and doing it privately for a hefty fee for a bunch of super-rich bankers, business magnates, politicians, and celebrities.
By commercially exploiting the death of his mother to earn huge pots of money, does Harry behave in exactly the same way he claims to despise the media?
Harry told about how he had undergone years of therapy to cope with the death of his mother Princess Diana (pictured with Harry as a young child in 1987)
It would be a heart of stone not to have sympathy for a man who was only 12 when he had to walk behind his mother’s coffin for a billion TV viewers
The brutal hypocrisy did not stop there.
Last July the duke and duchess made an urgent plea to save the planet on their Instagram with their 11 million followers.
It read as follows: “As a continuation of our monthly approach to social awareness … we focus on the environment. There is a ticking clock to protect the planet – with climate change, the degradation of our natural resources, threat to sacred wildlife, the impact of plastics and microplastics, and fossil fuel emissions, we bring this beautiful place that we call home at risk – for ourselves and for future generations. Let’s save it. Let’s do our part. “
Harry was immediately quoted in the same post and said: “Environmental damage has been treated as a necessary by-product of economic growth. This thinking is so deeply rooted that it is considered part of the natural order that the development of humanity comes at the expense of our planet. Only now do we begin to notice and understand the damage that we have caused. With nearly 7.7 billion people living on this earth, every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference. “
Just a few weeks after this post, the Sussex people were caught with Sir Elton John’s private plane from London to southern France and back – a very short 90-minute journey, with 30 commercial flights every day.
The justified harsh criticism came to them for preaching one thing about the environment and then doing the opposite of themselves was one of the things that led them to leave official royal life.
Harry and Meghan are happy to tell us what to do, but do not take into account their double standard promotions at the expense of the taxpayer.
Last July the duke and duchess made an urgent plea to save the planet on their Instagram with their 11 million followers
And now they are free to do whatever they want, they have shown their true environmental colors.
The Sussexes were flown to the JP Morgan forum in the company’s lush Gulfstream private plane, from the $ 11 million mansion in Vancouver where they have lived in recent months as guests of a mysterious billionaire benefactor.
(Once in Miami, they stayed, again for free, in the palatial house of Serena Williams in Palm Beach. Tell Harry and Meghan what you like, but they certainly know how to blow a freebie …)
And what has JP Morgan contributed to saving the planet?
The bank recently revealed through the Rainforest Action Network that it has invested $ 195 billion in fossil fuels in the last three years alone.
They were by far the worst offenders on the bank list of shame, with Wells Fargo a distant second at $ 151 billion.
Exactly the type of company that would like to support a few royal eco-warriors and take money – right?
In fact, it’s hard to imagine a ridiculously inappropriate first appearance for them to record their brave new progressive, planet-saving royal celebrity world.
Unfortunately, this seems to be just the beginning of the shameless nose-in-trough descent from the Sussexes to “partnerships.”
It was revealed yesterday that Harry had talks with another monster investment bank, Goldman Sachs, to build on the “Sussex Royal” brand.
The Sussexes were flown to the JP Morgan forum in the lavish private aircraft Gulfstream, from the $ 11 million mansion in Vancouver where they lived in recent months as guests of a mysterious billionaire benefactor. And what has JP Morgan contributed to saving the planet? The bank recently revealed through the Rainforest Action Network that it has invested $ 195 billion in fossil fuel companies in the last three years alone
This is the same Goldman Sachs that has been widely praised for its share in the 2008 financial crash, and for making billions of dollars at the expense of its customers during and after it.
In fact, after the crash, Goldmans sold both worthless packages of sub-prime loans to clueless customers AND at the same time bet their own money on the value of the collapsing loans.
And this is the same Goldman Sachs that has invested $ 59 billion in financing fossil fuel projects, 12th on the RAN report.
It’s not hard to see why these banks want a piece of royal action – it’s a great way to show off their customers.
But Harry and Meghan will soon discover that they have to sing more and more frankly for their well-paid supper, and that they cannot continue to serve the same old depressing speech about Diana and mental health.
The pressure on them to reveal more and more juicy royal revelations will grow, as with earlier royals such as Fergie the Duchess of York who tried to exploit their status in the ruthless commercial world, with a disastrous effect.
And it will all inevitably end in humiliation and tears.
The speed with which Harry and Meghan are sold out to this miserably unsuitable bank “partners” is just as astonishing as their willingness to use Diana’s death to justify the compensation, is disgusting.
They only announced they were leaving Royal Service a month ago, and they are still in government-funded government debt until May.
British royal protection officials accompanied them to the JP Morgan forum, at an undisclosed cost to the British taxpayer.
So we are now paying for them to brave the royal status that Harry inherited and that Meghan married without having to do any of the everyday duties normally required for such fleecing.
The Sussex people said they have left British royal life because they wanted peace, privacy and freedom to focus on projects such as saving the planet.
As we can see now, they basically just wanted the freedom to ruin their royal names to the highest bidders of the investment bank.