After Prince Harry‘s Newsweek interview dropped last week, there have been many negative opinion-pieces and KP damage control pieces written about it and Harry. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Firstly, The Daily Mail ran a story with additional quotes from Harry’s interview as well as a writing from the interviewer. Some additional quotes from Harry:
- Harry once felt directionless: “I spent many years kicking my heels and I didn’t want to grow up.”
- Harry questioned leaving the RF but stayed for the Queen: “I felt I wanted out but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself.”
- More on wanting a normal life and not wanting to be celebs: “I am determined to have a relatively normal life and if I am lucky enough to have children they can have one too. We don’t want to be just a bunch of celebrities but instead use our role for good.”
- He and William are super passionate about charity: “We are incredibly passionate with our charities and they have been chosen because they are on the path shown to me by our mother. I love charity stuff and meeting people.”
- On whether Meghan Markle advised Harry on mental health issues: “Absolutely she did not.”
- On ‘modernizing’ the monarchy: “We want to make sure the Monarchy lasts and are passionate about what it stands for. But it can’t go on as it has done under the Queen. There will be changes and pressure to get them right. Things are moving so fast, especially because of social media, so we are involved in modernising the Monarchy. We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people and the Monarchy we represent. There is so much negative in the world – we as a family try to bring something positive.”
- On The Crown: “It’s great but I wish they’d stopped at the end of the first series. They absolutely must not move on to the younger generation.”
I don’t remember if it was on here or elsewhere, but I read a comment that said if Harry doesn’t want to be seen as a celebrity he should stop hanging with models and dating actresses, which is so true. Both Harry and William keep complaining about being seen as celebs, yet Harry keeps dating actresses/models/reality TV personalities and William invited David and Victoria Beckham to his wedding. If you don’t want to be associated with celebrity, then don’t hang with celeb types.
“I am determined to have a relatively normal life and if I am lucky enough to have children they can have one too.” Can we now please stop thinking that Harry will be more open with his kids than William is? I know people wanted to believe Harry would give them everything William and Kate don’t, but Harry will be even less open with his kids than William and Kate are because Harry wants a “normal” life just as much as William but doesn’t have the pressure of “my kid will be king one day” to force him to show them to the public. We will be lucky if we see Harry’s kids once a year at Trooping.
Max Hastings wrote a piece for the Daily Mail about how Harry and other members of the royal family “cherish a terrific sense of entitlement.” Hastings spends a good portion throwing Charles under the bus, but also says about William and Harry:
“They see their personal friends, almost all the children of aristocratic grandees or very rich men, having the life of Reilly without the media aggravation or rude questions in the House of Commons. They assume that if they could only escape their royal responsibilities, they could have the same lives, play on the same polo pitches, without the 24-hour media attention. If they were encouraged by those around them to have a spark of humility, they might instead see that, as men of moderate intelligence with no money other than that which the Royal Family has amassed over centuries at its subjects’ expense, they would be lucky to have jobs and homes of their own, never mind holidays in the Caribbean. Neither brother seems likely to invent the Dyson vacuum cleaner or play football for Chelsea. Here, I am not preaching republicanism or knocking the young Princes — merely trying to inject a little reality into their pampered lives. They are phenomenally lucky to have what they have, and will continue to enjoy it only by retaining the gratitude and respect of the Queen’s subjects, which is not a given.”
Yeah. Aside from the titles, William and Harry really aren’t that special.
Camilla Tominey over at the Express, however, thinks the soul-bearing is great.
“Some royal commentators are beginning to question the wisdom of younger royals expressing themselves so freely. The Queen’s mantra has famously always been to ‘never complain, never explain’… Personally, I’m all for the royals giving as many interviews as possible, preferably to the Sunday Express. While no one wants to see the Duchess of Cambridge turning into Kerry Katona, pouring her heart out to Holly and Phil every time she misses her Ocado delivery, royals don’t just need to be seen to be believed – they need to be heard, too. … While they most certainly remain ‘one of them’ not one of us, royals are at their best when we get to see the person beyond the privilege. Imagine how preposterous it would have been for the princes to have campaigned for a national ‘conversation’ about mental health without openly discussing their own grief?”
I agree about the fact that William, Kate, and Harry needed to talk about why they chose to support mental health as a cause, but there is a difference between opening up about why you care about a cause and showing how entitled and out of touch you are. Mostly, though, Tominey just wants to sell papers.
E Online has an article that is pure fluff and meant to make Harry look better, but there is one line that I find interesting: “luckily there’s no imminent danger of diluting the magic, what with the tiaras and jewels and pomp of it all. This royal family is still the closest thing the real world has to Disney princesses and the romantic lore of Camelot. If Sir Lancelot had done his own shopping.” [E Online]
Firstly, this is totally why Jason plays the trio to the US audience, because the US audience cares more about the “magic” than the reality of royalty because we don’t pay for them. But long term, playing to the US audience won’t help the trio. Secondly, I’m pretty sure William wants to do away with some of the pomp, like the “fancy dress” of the Diplomatic Reception and the Order of the Garter robes and such he keeps making fun of. So again, long term, playing to the US audience is a bad idea.
So what’s Harry been up to the last week or so? The Sun claims Harry jetted off on a 10-day safari to Malawi where he is staying at £350-a-night Mvuu Camp for the second phase of a project to move elephants from an overpopulated area to one where they had been wiped out. [The Sun]
Over at Meghan Markle Review, I covered a story about how Harry is going to dismantle Diana’s old jewelry to make an engagement ring for Meghan.
E Online has an article which is mostly devoted to Harry and Meghan’s relationship (that portion I covered over at Meghan Markle Review since it’s about Meghan), but also included this gem:
“Harry’s trip to Malawi was planned ‘long in advance’ and not, as one media outlet put it, arranged as a means for him to hide out after his Newsweek interview made national news. ‘Some of those quotes were wholly misunderstood and taken out of context,’ a Harry insider tells E! News. ‘Of course there isn’t anyone who sits there and dreams about becoming King or Queen, and that’s what Harry was getting at. The point is, it’s something you’re born into. You don’t get the choice. If/when that day comes, you just get on with it to the best of your ability.’
“‘It’s fair to say there were was a little disappointment with way the Newsweek article was interpreted, but it wasn’t anything that caused Harry to get in trouble. How the British media handled the story was the most frustrating part. It’s been rather unfortunate,’ the source adds.”
Lol, sure bro. Once again, blame the media for your own stupidity. Harry has a long history of blaming the media for his own mistakes and poor behavior, and he really needs to stop.