Under normal circumstances, the fact that today is the first day of Harry and Meghan’s new life as “ordinary” citizens would have dominated the news.
But most people have more urgent things on their mind.
Against the backdrop of an economic crisis and the struggle for life and death against this goddamn virus, the fate of Harry and Meghan pales in vain.
What are the concerns, real or imagined, of this spoiled couple in a world where thousands die daily? Where does an invisible enemy keep friends apart and tear apart families?
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (left), Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (2nd left), British Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (3rd left), British Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (3rd right), British Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (2nd right) and British Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (R) leave Westminster Abbey, London on March 9
Ordinary people must endure the unimaginable; yet this is a couple who gave their relationship to the British public just 18 months before they threw in the towel.
No wonder, as the royal biographer Penny Junor put it, they now seem ‘quite irrelevant’. For months, other members of the royal family, not to mention friends, advisors and us in the press, reckless enough to rouse the wrath of the pro-Meghan trolls, have urged them to gain perspective.
Now the events have done that for them and their decision to abandon Britain in favor of life in LA has been exposed for what it is: poorly judged, premature – and in many ways rather sad.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, 38, who dropped the royal from their titles on Monday after relinquishing their position as senior members of the firm, posted a message on Instagram Monday evening
Because make no mistake, Harry and Meghan could have had it all. Correction: they all had it; the beautiful wedding, the lavish lifestyle, the adoration of the British public – and of course the status associated with being an HRH.
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As of today, they are just a celebrity couple looking for work in La La Land. And they will have to do work. Thanks in part to their disobedient comments about Donald Trump, the US President is not in the mood to bank their security credentials, so they will have to find a minimum of around £ 4 million a year for that.
Add to that the cost of even a starter home in Malibu (give or take £ 25 million) and their well-publicized private jet habit, and it’s hard to see how much they’ll change from £ 30 million for their first year of freedom.
Fortunately, Prince Charles has said he will finance Harry in the short term. But the Duke will have to find a job, just like Meghan.
I can’t imagine she will have any problems. But Harry? Even assuming he can get a green card to live permanently in the United States, he has never known anything other than the military and royal protection.
British Prince Harry (right), Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive on 15 October 2019 to attend the annual WellChild Awards in London
Now he’s thousands of miles away from home, surrounded by people who aren’t known for their sincerity or kindness – as his own people, the British public, face the biggest challenge of a generation and scream for that chutzpah and cheek where we used to love.
Harry can be a lot, but he is not a shirker. His unique capacity for empathy, inherited from his late mother, would have proved invaluable in boosting the morale of the primary care staff. Instead, he’s reduced to spraying Americanized platitudes on the couple’s Instagram feed and communicating via emoji.
I can only imagine the shame he should (definitely) feel when he considers his brother returning to work as an air ambulance pilot to help the NHS while wandering the other side of the pond.
One day, when he is an adult, Archie may ask Harry, “What did you do in the war against Covid-19, Daddy?” The answer, dear Harry, is up to you.
I like my quarantine more!
Life with my two “quarantine managers” is full of surprises, not all as unpleasant as I expected. Here are the unexpected pluses of family life locked.
1: My daughter automatically tidied her room for the first time in about five years – and it stayed that way. Even she, it turns out, can’t live like a bum full-time.
2: My son – at the tender age of 15 – was introduced to the whereabouts of the dishwasher. Next stop: the washing machine.
3: I have time to cook well. As my daughter noted, she hasn’t eaten so healthily in ages. Instead of after school chips and sandwiches, they are fruit smoothies and homemade soups and quiches. However, they still will not eat my bean stew. Although they may not have a choice soon. . .
4: I have realized what a huge rip off of the supermarkets. I bought fruits and vegetables from restaurant vendors (Wellocks, in case you’re interested) at about a third of the normal cost. It will be hard to pay £ 1.99 again for a small package of potatoes.
5: The dogs have never been trained so well. With four people desperate for fresh air, they’re fitter and leaner than ever. Our sweet old Bichon, Snowy, whose nickname is Fat Sheep, practically turns into a whippet.
6: None of my children’s friends are allowed to visit. No teens walking through the living room, humiliating the cupboards with food, stealing my gin, or leaving fag butts on the bathroom windowsill. Bliss.
7: We never miss a delivery. No annoying ‘sorry you ran out of cards’ or items coming up in the rain.
8: No more social fear of missing tears or tantrums. Everyone is sad at home now – and it’s great.
9: We eat together again as a family. Normally I have to bribe my children practically to come to the kitchen table; now, of course, they gather at mealtimes and, instead of running straight back to their bedrooms, they hang out and gasp.
10: No football. I know this is a very bad thing to say. But god, it’s fun.
Claudia Schiffer (photo) had to hire a security guard to prevent her underwear from being stolen
Claudia’s invisible guard
Forget about being too sexy for her shirt, during her heyday as a model, Claudia Schiffer had to hire a security guard to prevent her underwear from being stolen at fashion shows. Impressive. Although it rather begs the question, what did she actually do while lying around her underpants behind the scenes?
Not all police officers are busy jobs following walkers with drones, destroying popular beauty spots and harassing people for buying Easter eggs. In Hyde Park I was stopped last weekend by two mounted officers and asked to put my dogs on a leash (new rules, apparently). They couldn’t have been nicer or more civilized. Especially because in the course of our subsequent conversation, one of them told me how some people spat at them to infect them with Covid-19. If that’s the kind of disgusting abuse they’re dealing with, is it any wonder some of them sometimes go a bit over the top?
Prue Leith accuses herself of being a bad grandmother for putting work first and not appearing on the sidelines. I do not agree. There is no right or wrong way to be a grandparent, but there is no doubt that a successful working woman in her eighties is a great source of inspiration for any child.
You can’t really blame shoppers for wanting to get stuck in some home improvements while they are locked – never before was the old adage that an Englishman’s castle house was so appropriate. In addition, it will help get the economy going again: after the restrictions are lifted, all those traders who are currently unable to work will be in high demand to repair failed hardware stores for months.
Now Wimbledon – just about the only sporting event that catches my interest – is on the list of fixtures canceled due to the corona virus.
Strange, because I thought tennis was the only sport that could be played without breaking the social distance rules.
Either way, you just absolutely know that this will be the year we don’t get a single drop of rain in July.
Head of the World Health Organization tweets that he had “ a very good conversation with @ ladygaga. ”
It is bad enough that we have to endure spoiled celebrities who broadcast platitudes from their gilded cages; now the head of the World Health Organization is tweeting that he “had a really good conversation with @ ladygaga,” who is apparently ready “to support @WHO in every way possible in the fight against # COVID19.” I don’t admit to anyone in my admiration for Lady Gaga’s contribution to popular music, but the last time I watched, she wasn’t exactly known for her expertise in infectious diseases.
It was deeply moving last week when my street applauded in honor of first-line NHS workers. But while it was a wonderful and undoubtedly much appreciated gesture, it would be much better if the government puts down its money – and grants them all a financial bonus.