This week’s royal news was all over the place. Plus, a baffling new portrait from Monaco’s royal family.
Prince Harry says he and Meghan hate social media but also that social media can be amazing
This week, Fast Company published a Q&A with Prince Harry about the role technology and social media are playing in isolation, extremism, and real-world violence. I’ll write more about it in a full post, but here are two quotes from the interview:
Okay. So Harry and Meghan being upset with how they were portrayed in the media was the catalyst to make online hate their main philanthropic endeavour. I think some people could see this, and Harry and Meghan’s actions around social media, as really egoistical and privileged behaviour. I’m going to write a full post about it, so I will discuss it there.
The second quote is:
I agree with what he’s saying. But he’s not walking the talk. Less than a year ago, Meghan was a paid speaker at an online conference at which Facebook Chief Operating Officer and Certified Terrible Person Sheryl Sandberg also spoke. Harry and Meghan keep saying sort of the right things, but their actions only reflect self-interest. Stay tuned for a full post about it. Now, to something altogether more fun:
PRINCE CHARLES SQUIRREL NEWS
Prince Charles celebrated the Red Squirrel Survival Trust by releasing this photo and quote. I’m obsessed with both. The surprise reveal that SQUIRRELS ARE IN HIS HOUSE IN SCOTLAND? It’s a sedation vacation for my brain. Thank you, Your Royal Highness.
Prince Harry showed up at the US presidential inauguration (kind of)
Check out this photo of now-President Biden and Bill and Hillary Clinton Arlington National Cemetery on Inauguration Day. They were there to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Now look to the right.
Zoom and enhance!
It’s Prince Harry! Some sleuths tracked down the original photo and apparently it was one of Harry laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery in 2013. So the photograph wasn’t blown up and placed there because of the inauguration. It has been there for some time. I bet Harry was THRILLED with this. I have no idea if it was intentional (you’d have to be pretty slick to think of this and then *happen* to release one pic and have some eagle eyed fans spot it? But all of that stuff did happen so I don’t know?????). But even if it wasn’t, it feeds into Harry’s narrative of “Poor me, all I want to do is serve my country and my gran won’t even let me lay a wreath in the UK, so I will be loyal to my new home, America, which appreciates me and displays photos of me at national sites of importance.” If this wasn’t planned, Harry should buy a lottery ticket, because he is the luckiest person in the world.
Will and Kate did some Zoom calls at Sandringham
The calls were pretty run of the mill. Typical COVID war effort stuff. The biggest news is that Kate and Will were given use of some of the Queen’s rooms at Sandringham House to do Zoom calls. This resulted in a lot of icky women-directed articles implying that Anmer Hall is just TOO SMALL and TOO FULL OF CHILDREN to be able to do work, so of course Will and Kate needed to drive to another mansion nearby to have some peace and get some work done.
I don’t think that was what Will and Kate were trying to say. For the record: Anmer Hall is massive and Will and Kate have plenty of space for their three kids AND nannies to the kids occupied while they work. To suggest otherwise would be an insult to the working parents in the United Kingdom (some in 1 or 2 bedroom flats!) who manage to work while ensuring that their kids are happy and still learning. Will and Kate’s advisors are smart enough not to piss people off like that.
I personally think Will and particularly Kate chose to do this call from Sandringham to show that they are extremely in with the Queen. Actually, I think the Queen probably suggested it and Kate said, “Thank you very much, I will wear a white collared shirt and a business blazer, Ma’am.” Is it possible that the Queen offered this perk to Will and Kate, not knowing that the optics might look terrible (if your estate is loud, please feel free to use my empty estate”)? Yes. Is is probable that Will and Kate were too afraid to explain how bad the optics would look to Her Majesty, so they just said “Thank you very much” and did it anyway? 100% yes. Let me know what you think.
Monaco’s royal family released a portrait that will haunt your dreams
I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS.
- Why does Princess Charlene have a death grip on both of her children?
- Why do the royal children have to have the same haircut as their mother?
- For being a rich 62 year old man, why does Prince Albert look 83?
- What is Princess Charlene’s necklace about?
- Why is Prince Jacques in a scaled down version of his father’s suit?
- Why is Princess Gabriella dressed like she’s in The Sound of Music?