Prince Michael is in justifiably hot water
On Saturday evening, an investigation regarding Prince Michael of Kent was released by the Times. It detailed Prince Michael agreeing to provide a (fake) company connections with Vladimir Putin and Russia via Michael’s status as a British royal and relationships with lots of powerful people in Russia in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars. You can listen to the undercover operation undertaken by the Times and how Prince Michael made a real ass of himself/embarrassed the royal family/gave off Andrew and Sarah “money to open doors” vibes via the Times’s podcast episode about the debacle here.
Prince Michael and his wife, Princess Michael, are not official, senior working members of the British Royal Family. However, they do live in a fancy apartment in Kensington Palace and occasionally undertake duties and attend events on behalf of the Queen. Another fun fact: Princess Michael of Kent is very probably racist. Evidence:
Meghan wrote a children’s book
The book is called The Bench, and it’s about the love shared by fathers and sons from the perspective of a mother. It’s available for pre-order and will be released a week and a half before Father’s Day next month (timing is everything).
Here are 30 seconds of my thoughts about this book:
- The illustrations that we have seen so far, while nice, don’t seem to have been created for children. It appears that Meghan knows that her fans (mostly in America) will buy this more for themselves than it will be bought specifically for children.
- Meghan is going to make a lot of money off this. In the millions.
- Apparently, according to reports, Meghan signed the deal for this book in the fall of 2019, when she was still a senior working member of the BRF. Other members of the royal family sometimes write and publish books, but the profits are almost always donated to charity (and that fact would be stated in the book deal). As far as we know, none of Meghan’s advance or the profits from this book are going to charity. So it appears to be a money grab.
- Why write about relationships between fathers and sons when 1) you don’t have any first-hand experience of that issue and 2) you and your husband are both famously estranged from your fathers?
- Meghan seems to not know what her brand is. It’s elephants! It’s women and girls! It’s race! It’s Africa! It’s the environment! It’s vaccine access! It’s veterans! It’s fathers and sons! Picking 1-2 lanes and focusing on them is arguably a much better brand strategy.
Kate’s COVID-19 photography project was released as a book
Like I just said, building a brand is usually choosing 1-2 things to focus on and sticking to making an impact with those things. One of Kate’s “things” has long been photography, so this is book is a combination of Kate’s work and personal interests: photography and mental health. Proceeds from the Hold Still book will benefit the mental health charity Mind, with which Will and Kate are affiliated, and the National Portrait Gallery, of which Kate is patron. Synergy, a clear brand, and none of the money is going to Kate.
Harry and Meghan presented at Vax Live
Harry presented at the Vax Live event in Los Angeles last week, and it aired this past weekend (why was it called Vax Live, when the event wasn’t broadcast live? Unclear).
Meghan also made an appearance on the broadcast, via a video speech. She was sitting on The Bench in her Montecito backyard (see what I did there?) and made a plea for post-COVID-19 recovery efforts to focus on women and girls, especially women and girls of colour.
Archie turned two
Harry and Meghan’s son, Archie Harrison, turned two last week. Harry and Meghan marked the occasion by posting this image of Archie on the Archewell website, along with a request that people donate money to equitable vaccine distribution to mark Archie’s birthday. You can go to the link here for more details on Harry and Meghan’s push for equitable vaccine access.
Will and Kate made some social media changes
Will and Kate joined Youtube! Until now, any Will and Kate engagements had been featured on the Royal Family Youtube channel. But now, Will and Kate have their own corner of the internet where they can post about engagements and give behind the scenes clips, like the ones at the beginning and end of the first video posted to their channel. (PS: LOL at a tabloid writing an article about how Kate “scolded” Will about rolling r’s. Go to the end of this video and tell me if that is scolding.)
Will and Kate’s Instagram handle also changed: it is now DukeandDuchessofCambridge instead of KensingtonRoyal. I’d argue that the name change is a bit too wordy and clunky, but I’m just a faceless person on the internet, so what do I know. Also, their Twitter handle remains KensingtonRoyal (for now). We will see if that changes.
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