THE PEOPLE OF PLATELL: Don’t share your personal thoughts with Oprah, Megs

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Five thousand miles away, how Meghan must crave today to stand by Harry’s side as he walks behind his beloved grandfather’s coffin.

However, he must wish that his wife – who cannot fly because she is heavily pregnant with their second child – could be here to offer counsel and comfort while he mourns.

To help him navigate the desperately broken royal family. To help heal the rift with his brother William, not to mention Kate.

The Duchess of Sussex will still participate in the mourning. She will reportedly make ‘private arrangements’ to honor Prince Philip at his funeral.

Let’s hope this doesn’t mean she’s sharing her innermost thoughts with Oprah Winfrey.

This is a time for quiet reflection, not a public statement of the deep connection she claims to have had with Prince Philip, whom she had little time to get to know and has probably only met a few times.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are interviewed by Oprah Winfrey

I hope for her that she will let discretion be the best part of courage and not repeat her and Harry’s very public Remembrance Day performance last year when they held their own ‘private’ service for the fallen in a military cemetery in Los Angeles. He had been denied the “right” to lay his wreath in absentia at the Cenotaph.

They don’t have royal rights now, they’ve given them up for a life of luxury instead of duty in LA.

And I really hope Meghan doesn’t easily have a famous photographer on hand – as the couple did on Remembrance Day – to capture her “ private ” grief for the Duke and post it on their website.

Her “private arrangements” should remain just that, private.

Our thoughts are with Philip’s immediate family, his children, his grandchildren and his queen.

Is it too much to hope that, after the incendiary interview with Oprah that cast such a cloud over the royal family when the Duke died, the Duchess of Sussex finally learned that silence can be golden?

Prince Harry, Prince Philip and Prince William at Twickenham Stadium in October 2015

Prince Harry, Prince Philip and Prince William at Twickenham Stadium in October 2015

Someone should point out to her that ‘silence’ is an anagram of ‘listening’ – and now is the time to listen to the senior royals, understand their pain and follow the example Philip quietly set, privately supporting the monarchy .

How tragic that in her brief stint as a royal family she failed to see the dignity and power of silence – that less more, especially when a family is in deep mourning.

As a fan of Jeremy Vine, I was surprised when he said of the funeral that ‘it will be 30 people who are all white’ and asked if that was ‘a problem’.

What does the race have to do with this sad event? Let Philip’s loved ones mourn.

Why super Sophie was forgiven

The Countess of Wessex on a visit to Vauxhall City Farm in London

The Countess of Wessex on a visit to Vauxhall City Farm in London

Some wonder why the Duke of Edinburgh, Countess of Wessex, could forgive her early gaffes in royal life, and not Fergie, the Duchess of York.

Sophie fell out of favor in 2001 when she ran her own PR company after a News of the World undercover operation sparked her shocking indifference to politicians and the royals.

As Gyles Brandreth explained in his superbly personal book appearing in the Mail this week, Philip believed that Sophie was ‘set up’ and has been a loving wife to his son Edward and the Queen’s greatest confidant over the decades.

In addition, she has never been photographed topless in a tabloid newspaper with her toes sucked by a man who was not her husband.

We will all miss Helen

Helen had been married to fellow actor Damian since 2007 and shared two children with him - daughter Manon, 14, and 13-year-old son Gulliver (the couple pictured last February)

Helen had been married to fellow actor Damian since 2007 and shared two children with him – daughter Manon, 14, and 13-year-old son Gulliver (the couple pictured last February)

How shocking that Peaky Blinders actress Helen McCrory has died of cancer, just 52 years old and with two children, Manon, 14, and Gulliver, 13.

Her husband Damian Lewis said she died ‘surrounded by peace and love’. She fought for her charities to the end, but the family kept her illness a secret. Barely a year ago, I passed her on the street and said, “You’re great.”

She gave me that dimpled smile that we will all remember.

As her husband said, “Now, little one, take to the air and thank you.

The Associated Press news agency condemns the word “mistress” as archaic and sexist, saying it should no longer be used to refer to a woman “in a long-term sexual relationship with and supported by a man who is married to someone else.”

Instead, we should use non-negative terms such as “companion, lover, or friend.”

Very well, but perhaps women whose husbands maintain such contacts prefer the much simpler and appropriate term, home squatter.

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Amanda Abbington, 47, reveals that the divorce from her 16-year-old husband Martin Freeman, 49, has taken a terrible toll on their two children.

We’ve done ‘irreparable damage’ to them, she says, as Martin walks around with his new girlfriend, Rachel Mariam, 28.

What a shame for his kids that little Freeman didn’t have the other qualities of Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit he played in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel – who was famously hairy and petite, yet sky-high in his loyalty.

Lady of the rings

Jennifer Lopez at the NBC / Universal Upfront presentation in New York, May 2017

Jennifer Lopez at the NBC / Universal Upfront presentation in New York, May 2017

Despite his enduring love with a £ 3.8 million engagement ring, Alex Rodriguez has separated from his hapless fiancé Jennifer Lopez amid rumors that he was falling in love with a reality TV star.

But the smart J-Lo laughs last: five fiancés, three of whom she married, gave her nearly £ 10 million in engagement rings, including a £ 1.8 million stone from Ben Affleck.

I hope feminist icon Jen had the integrity to give them all back.

Strictly Come Dancing is desperate for one of our Covid scientists for their next series, with an insider saying that Professor Chris Whitty is their main target.

A smart choice to boost their ratings, because at every cha cha cha this ominous one could chant, “Stay home and watch TV, or you’ll all die.”

Westminster Wars

Close observers of David Cameron are not surprised by Lobbygate, in which he bowed the ear of the Chancellor and Ministers to get millions in the treasury for Greensill Capital, who employed him. There was always something about Dave, an innate belief that privileges and power belonged to him and his few cronies, not the many.

What’s most curious about top civil servant Bill Crothers who is a part-time director of Greensill while having a government salary of £ 149,000 to run one of our largest departments is how he found the time for his extracurricular activities while in charge of spending £ 40 billion in tax money.

Much cheerfulness is being expressed about the girth of Lord (Eric) Pickles, head of the Advisory Committee investigating jobs for former ministers and civil servants. Still, the plainly speaking Pickles has more integrity in one of his chins than the chinless wonders that have benefited from working simultaneously in Whitehall and in the private sector.

As the world’s economies tank, there isn’t anything quite nasty about China with an astonishing 18.3 percent increase in their economic growth during the first three months of this year, given that they are the country that brought us first. place the coronavirus has given? ?

Well done the BBC for not putting on a bag and ashes after a record 110,000 viewers who complained when EastEnders and other shows were dropped to cover the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Give me an hour of Prince Philip’s life, more than 30 minutes of Phil Mitchell beating up the people in the Queen Vic every day.

You are what you eat?

Despite the massive success as Luther on the TV series, Idris Elba’s character has been criticized by the Beeb’s diversity leader for being “ not black enough ” – among other sins, he didn’t eat Caribbean food.

I’m quite embarrassed because the last time my Jamaican friend Noel and his son came here for lunch, we shared macaroni cheese and spag bol at their request.

Next time it will have to be roasted chicken whether they like it or not.