A royal mess

By Christopher Harper

I’ve never really understood the American fascination with the British royal family.

For centuries, the monarchy has been a dysfunctional band of malcontents who battled over religion and turf. Henry VIII and George III were bona fide madmen. Princess Margaret and Lady Diana didn’t get along with the other royals. Prince Charles always struck me as a dopey mope.

So why did 17 million Americans watch an interview by Oprah Winfrey with Prince Harry and Princess Megan?

I don’t know. Maybe prurient interest?

A quick survey of my friends on Facebook found no one would admit to watching the two-hour attack on the royal family.

One British friend, a former BBC reporter, disagreed. “It’s quite important, he wrote. “Just think about it. It’s about institutions, race, personal freedoms, mass idiocy, and it’s told through a story of two young people who went against the grain. Yes, they’re rich. But does that make The Grapes of Wrath better or less significant than The Great Gatsby?”

It’s not a bad defense for watching the program. Since there’s little I haven’t watched on Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix during the pandemic, my standards are pretty low, but I still wouldn’t spend two hours on Harry, Meghan, and Oprah.

Then there’s the money. It’s reported that someone—probably Oprah’s production company—paid between $7 million and $9 million for the interview. There was a time that paying for news was an ethical breach. I guess the interview may not be technically news, but still.

It’s unclear who got the money. Everyone swears that Harry and Meghan didn’t get a dime. Since they face being cut off from the royal treasury, particularly after the interview, I find the disclaimer hard to believe.

Since the program aired on CBS, how much did the one-time “Tiffany Network” plop down?

I never thought Oprah was a particularly good interviewer. I worked with the best: Barbara Walters.

It seems that Oprah didn’t press the royal couple on what I would consider the most crucial question: What did they expect to happen after they got married?

In 1936, King Edward VIII took over the reign of England. However, he abdicated his throne to marry the love of his life, Wallis Simpson, an American and two-time divorcee. In an interview many years later with the BBC, Edward provides a path Harry and Meghan should take. See https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2021/03/07/meghan-can-learn-mrs-simpsons-tell-all-tv-interview/

At the end of the interview, the reporter asked the duke if he had any regrets about not having remained king. “No,” he said. “I would have liked to have, but I was going to do it under my conditions. So I do not have any regrets. But I do take a great interest in my country – my country which is Britain – your land and mine. I wish it well.”

Very Quick Thoughts Under the Fedora

Apparently people are trolling the left with terms like. “Superstraight” defined as a hetrosexual person who is attracted to the opposite sex.

During my youth the term for this was “normal”

I think this is a very pythonesque way to fight back against these fool and obviously anyone who object is a racist sexist etc who should be banned from everywhere.


Can anyone tell me who actually decides who gets to be one of our “elites”?

Given the resources available I can’t see why we just can’t come up with our own.


Do actual people who are struggling to get by actually care about fabalously rich former royals who claim to be oppressed and suffering?

I work with a bunch of people working for minimum wage in a country they are not from who don’t speak the language yet I don’t hear them whine they way these folks do, although in fairness given my inability to speak Spanish, Portuguese Creole, Cambodian or several African languages if they were whining I would not likely not know it.


Speaking of these folks with gas going up .75 over the last two months Joe Biden has done more for Russia in his first 60 days then any other US president.


There is a lot of loose talk about civil wars but while a lot of people think it will happen I’m thinking that the well armed people on the right aren’t going to start taking up arms and shooting until

  1. Antifa violence spreads to Red areas (blue cities in Red states don’t count)
  2. they are made uncomfortable

When people are well fed, well entertained and generally not in physical danger they are not likely to be running for the guns, particularly when death is not a regular part of life anymore.

However there is one factor that makes it more likely, the complete unfamiliarity of most of the American people with what an actual war entail but that deserves a much longer post..