Even the most difficult republican hearts will have become warm for the sight of Prince Harry walking through that reclaimed Angolan minefield where his deceased mother was photographed more than two decades ago.
Here was certainly an example of the positive power of monarchy in action.
Princess Diana had used her fame to encourage international action against the random horror of landmines, and now her son accepted the challenge.
If only that was the lasting image that was drawn from the journey of Harry and Meghan to South Africa.
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Princess Diana (left) had used her fame to encourage international action against the random horror of landmines, and now her son took up the challenge. If only that were the permanent image that was drawn from Harry (right) and Meghan & # 39; s journey to southern Africa
Instead, the recurring theme will be their decision to express their frustrations in a television interview at the control they feel by suffering from the media.
The decision will, I think, be as badly judged as the panorama interview by Diana and Prince Charles's confession about his failing marriage to Jonathan Dimbleby.
Both were initiatives that started with the most noble goals, to correct what they thought were misconceptions about their roles and lives.
The decision will, I think, be as badly judged as Diana 's Panorama interview and Prince Charles' confession about his failing marriage to Jonathan Dimbleby (photo, the couple together in Canada in 1991)
But both are mainly remembered for their recognition of adultery. This was the high point in what became known as the War of the Wales & # 39; s, an incorrigible tit-for-tat in which both sides of an increasingly bitter marriage dispute waged a public war of abuse against the other.
Whispered briefings here, a whisper tip there. It damaged both the reputation of the Prince and Princess of Wales and, in the process, the monarchy.
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I should know. As both a friend of Harry & # 39; s mother and the journalist of this newspaper about the crisis, I was in the first place in the very sad saga.
Now, Harry & # 39; s moment in the TV sun, the clock is turning back to those dark days. His recognition of a gap with William in the same TV interview has already triggered a series of unforeseen consequences.
In a carefully considered reaction of fraternal affection, Prince William announced that he & # 39; worried & # 39; was about Harry. An assistant at Kensington Palace went further and suggested that the prince and Meghan were in a & # 39; vulnerable place & # 39; found.
CNN, not known for its royal coverage, reported that the source said the Royal Family Institute was full of people & scared and inexperienced about how best to deploy the value of the royal couple and exploit it put & # 39;
It is understandable that these comments provoked a considerable public debate and, perhaps dismayed by the reaction, sources close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex returned to the battle yesterday. An unnamed assistant hit the & # 39; hysteria & # 39; around the report of Harry & # 39; s comments.
This came directly from Charles and Diana's playbook.
But it is what happened next that threatens to bring the couple into completely unmarked waters. In an extraordinary intervention, the CNN assistant told that Harry and Meghan modernized the monarchy on their own and then started an outrage against those surrounding the royal family.
CNN, not known for its royal coverage, reported that the source said the institution around the royal family was full of people & scared and inexperienced about how best to deploy the value of the royal couple and to exploit it put & # 39 ;.
The only conclusion that can be drawn is that they amount to an attack on the approach of the Queen and Prince Charles of the monarchy.
Again, the parallels with Panorama are creepy. Because it is reminiscent of the claim made by Diana that questioned Charles's ability to become king. Certainly, it is a inflammatory step that will scare the rest of the royal family and only polarize attitudes toward the Sussexes.
However, it also raises brutal questions. Who asked Harry and Meghan to modernize the monarchy? Is not one of the strong points of the Kroon its tradition and lifespan?
Indeed, nowadays the monarchy is more popular, loved and more respected than it has been for generations.
It has gone through difficult and difficult times, nothing more than in the aftermath of the death of Diana. But the fact is that the approval ratings are now higher than ever. The durability of the queen has ushered in this era of stability. She is a wonderfully unifying figure who brings the nation together, but she is not alone.
As she gets older, attention has inevitably shifted to the younger members of the family – William and Kate, who behaved with great panache in Pakistan last week and, yes, Harry and Meghan.
Every generation has introduced a new style in what they do. No one, I would argue, did more in that regard than Diana, but even she acknowledged that the institution only needed the slightest touch, and she was never arrogant enough to suggest that she was the answer to the long-standing well-being of the monarchy. The tragedy is that Harry and Meghan demonstrated only 18 months ago that they absolutely understood this. The whole country was behind them at their wedding at Windsor Castle – a ceremony that embraced modernity.
There was the gospel choir and the American preacher, a black episcopal bishop, with his homily about the power of love that Martin Luther King quoted.
Perhaps the most important element was that Harry introduced the bride with a mixed-race background. The crowd and outpouring of affection for them was both sincere and sincere.
But it is what happened next that gave thought.
There was nothing that modernized & # 39; hiding the date of birth of their baby or where he was born. And what is & # 39; modern & # 39; refusing to announce the names of the godparents?
There was nothing that modernized & # 39; hiding the date of birth of their baby (in the photo) or where he was born
Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is seventh in line before the throne and although he has no royal title, his grandfather will be king, as will his uncle and his cousin Prince George. And, despite the desire of his parents for their son to live a life that is independent of the royal family, it will be inextricably governed by the fate of that family.
How could they not understand that the call for the few glimpses that the audience got from baby Archie was not sinister, but simply because people wanted to share in the happiness of the couple? You might also be tempted to ask what is modernizing a very wealthy couple who use £ 2.4 million in public funds to renovate their new home and their private jets while preaching about the dangers of climate change.
In fact, so much of the goodwill that followed their marriage in May 2018 was wasted. The psycho-drama about Meghan & # 39; s father Thomas Markle was a home-grown catastrophe. And if Harry and Meghan could not see that it was a disaster that was about to happen, what about the people around them?
Instead of making sure he was included in all the excitement of the wedding and then the birth of his grandson, Markle was neglected. It was an act of self-inflicted foolishness, and it is no wonder that he reached the media in his frustration.
Now there is the decision of assistants to inform CNN. Who thought it a good idea to trust an American broadcaster?
This entire episode has awkward echoes from the 1990s when, as the marriage of Harry's parents deteriorated, a bitter grass war was played out in the media.
Unknowingly, the Sussex people may have fired the first shot in a new war. I fear the wound it will inflict on the monarchy.
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