It’s been a week! I haven’t been posting on here because I’ve been living inside the CNN magic wall that counts American presidential votes by county. I know way too much about Pennsylvania and John King’s face. It was a long five days.
Prince William Had Coronavirus
This week, we found out that Prince William suffered from a pretty severe bout of coronavirus in April of this year, hid it from the public and the press, and then allegedly lied to the royal press pack about it when they directly asked if he had contracted COVID-19 at any point. This has already been delved into in a blog post, but yikes. Some people are arguing that Prince William had every right to hide his diagnosis from the world because it’s medical and although he was quite ill, he didn’t actually have to be admitted to the hospital. (On the other hand, you could argue that since he’s second in line to the throne and lives in a literal palace with presumably a doctor’s office/small medical wing like the White House has, the fact that he didn’t “go to the hospital” is moot. Anyway).
Some people see this as a gross breach of trust in a moment of national crisis. The future King of England lied about having a possibly life-threatening illness, how can we ever trust anything he says again? On the scale of “he didn’t do anything wrong” to “what the Christ are you doing, Will?????” I’m this iconic Tyra Banks gif:
Will and his staff’s answer to the anger surrounding this whole kerfuffle is that the news of his illness could have tanked the stock market, led to constitutional uncertainty, and made the general public panic. The other side of the coin is that if he and they had told us, it might have made the general public and the government take the virus more seriously and could have led to fewer infections and more compliance with lockdowns. It’s the past, I don’t know what the right answer is, but I do know that Will broke trust with the media that he and Kate spent about 20 years working to build. Every time there’s a hole in the court circular (a bunch of days in a row where there are no engagements for a member of the Cambridge family), the media will not be giving them the benefit of the doubt moving forward.
Princess Diana’s 1995 Panorama Interview Was Given Based on Journalistic Malpractice
In 1995, Diana gave an explosive interview to BBC’s Panorama and its presenter Martin Bashir. In the interview, she basically lit a match and watched her future in the royal family burn. The most famous moment of the interview, which was given in secret in her Kensington Palace apartment, consists of Martin asking her how her marriage is, and Diana replying, “Well, there were three of us in the marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
This interview led to Queen Elizabeth writing separately to Charles and Diana and telling them that they had to divorce.
It turns out that the Panorama presenter, Martin Bashir, outright lied in his courting of Diana for this interview. He told her that members of her Kensington Palace staff were being paid by Queen Elizabeth to spy on her. (Not true). To bolster his argument, he had a graphic designer forge bank statements from Kensington Palace staffers that showed large deposits of money into their accounts for their spying. (Again, didn’t happen.) Martin Bashir is…not a good journalist and not a good person.
This is all being dredged up by Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer. Super confusingly, he is called Earl Spencer because he is an Earl in the Spencer family. His actual name is Charles. So Charles Spencer and Earl Spencer – same guy. He’s also not a great guy, and people are saying that he’s stirring up this Panorama drama only because it’s 25 years since the interview took place and he has a book coming out.
Another fun fact about Charles Spencer is that, just before her death, Diana asked Charles if she could come and live with him and his family in a guest house at Althorp, his estate. (It’s a massive estate.) Charles Spencer told her no, that he didn’t want her bringing drama and paparazzi and the whole media circus to his home. Then, after Diana’s death, he chastised the British Royal Family for not protecting Diana or giving her a safe place from the paparazzi and the media. You can’t have your cake and eat it too, Charles.
Another interesting part of this story is that Martin Bashir is unable to make a statement or defend himself because he is fighting COVID-19 and is said to be very ill. It’s a huge mess, to sum up.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, voted in the US presidential election. This might make her the first member of the British Royal Family to have voted. I’ll get into this more fully in a post to come, but it was a big screw you to the BRF for Meghan to have done this. She doesn’t even live in a swing state! I’ll also get into her political aspirations.
Today is Remembrance Sunday in the United Kingdom. Things were different this year, both because of Harry’s absence and the COVID-19 pandemic and current UK lockdown. I’ll get into this in a separate post, but it was sombre and quiet.
Okay, that’s it for now. I’ll be getting up the posts about Meghan’s voting and possible political future, as well as Remembrance Sunday, soon. I missed you! I’m glad I escaped from John King’s magic wall.
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