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View Poll Results: Should Harry and Meghan abdicate?
Yes, stripped of titles including HRH and public funding/protection 9 25.71%
Yes but keeping titles incl HRH, public funding, protection and Frogmore Cottage 2 5.71%
No, Harry cannot give up his British citizenship and Archie belongs to the Queen 3 8.57%
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Old 13th January 2020, 12:23 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by Darat View Post
He will remain rich no matter what he does, he has inherited wealth.
Indeed

He has half his mums money and the queen mother left him a shed load. Also owns land and his dad set him up with portfolios when he was a kid.

They will not be humming and harring over whether to pay the lecky or buy bake beans again, let's put it that way
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So him and Meghan (who is also fairly rich) can pay for their own security and flights and houses.

Once they get divorced, he shouldn't expect to get his title and privileges back either.
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Old 13th January 2020, 02:42 AM   #43
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Originally Posted by ceptimus View Post
So him and Meghan (who is also fairly rich) can pay for their own security and flights and houses.

Once they get divorced, he shouldn't expect to get his title and privileges back either.
Agree with everything but security.

a) its extremely specialist

b) the govt would look extremely stupid if one died.
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The public is divided over the matter.
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Old 13th January 2020, 02:56 AM   #45
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They should do whatever they want. I think they're going to find pretty quickly that not being rich and royal is much less fun than it seems.
He wants to live like Common People. He wants to do whatever Common People do. wants to sleep with Common People...

Someone should redub the Pulp song...
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Right now, BBC Radio 4 is having a phone-in on the subject.

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PHONE-IN: Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex
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When Meghan Markle entered the Royal Family it was seen by many as the dawning of a new age, a breath of fresh air.

Less than three years later the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced their wish to ‘step back’,

We want to hear your thoughts.

Do you think their announcement was outrageous or an inevitable consequence given the treatment of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex?

What impact will her ‘stepping back’ have on the Royal Family?

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Glad they aren't trying to lead the discussion !
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Old 13th January 2020, 03:34 AM   #48
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He wants to live like Common People. He wants to do whatever Common People do. wants to sleep with Common People...

Someone should redub the Pulp song...
It couldn't be as good as the one already created with Rees-Mogg.
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Obviously they shouldn't abdicate, they'd need to be reigning monarchs to do that.

What I really struggle to understand is what is there to discuss? Saying "not doing any more royal duties so I'll stop taking money for doing that, I'll turn up for the odd party, funeral, marriage" hardly seems to need much discussion.
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Old 13th January 2020, 05:09 AM   #50
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So now the British Royal Family has been 'rocked to its very foundations', according to the DAILY HORROR MAIL, using one of PRIVATE EYE's stock phrases, usually in relation to Ron Pevsner of Neasden FC.

Meghan has fled to 'North America' to be with Archie and Harry is to face the music with his grandmother, the Queen, father Prince Charles and big brother, William.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51077816

So what do you think? 'Princess Pushy' and nice-but-dim Harry or badly done-by Meghan and her gallant husband?

Is the UK a disgustlngly racist country or has it been stretched to the end of its tether?
"Abdicate"? Nobody abdicated anything.

Besides, they are minor royals. Who cares?
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Old 13th January 2020, 05:17 AM   #51
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Long story short the public doesn't "pay for the Royals."

Due to a long standing tradition on the Royal Family not charging for public use of their vast land holdings and the tourism brought in, the Royal Family makes Great Britain money, not cost them.
Which they only have because the country has let them keep them and the tourists rarely see any of the Royals, they see the buildings, which would still be there - but I don't want to derail with that debate.
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Excellent!
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Obviously they shouldn't abdicate, they'd need to be reigning monarchs to do that.

What I really struggle to understand is what is there to discuss? Saying "not doing any more royal duties so I'll stop taking money for doing that, I'll turn up for the odd party, funeral, marriage" hardly seems to need much discussion.
I think the argument is something along the lines of "you got a wedding and your house done up, so we demand our pound of flesh".

I'm not saying it's a good argument...
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The French had the right idea on how to deal with obsolete royalty.
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Old 13th January 2020, 05:35 AM   #55
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Well, he didn't ask to be born into the job. His mother died because of overeager paparazzi, and now his wife is being subjected the same treatment. He may just want to live a peaceful, regular life. Can anyone blame him?
What treatment? Sure, a large section of he British public was wary of Meghan due to her background (divorcťe, actress, age and being American [not British of of European royalty] and the press traditionally likes to build people up, to only drag them down, as happened with Diana and numerous others (for example, George Best). However, Diana was killed by a speeding drrunken driver who no doubt thought he was being chased by the paps but even then it is your responsibility to drive safely. Diana wasn't wearing a seatbelt either. So whilst the paps may well have been in hot pursuit on their motorbikes - it's their livelihood after all to get a 'scoop' (pictures of Dodi Fayed and Diana together) - their 'treatment didn't lead to her death. Diana was a young aristocratic girl from a sheltered background who probably had a naive and romantic view of what married life to the heir apparent would involve. She wasn't to know Charles was still knocking around (and knocking off) his longtime secret (and married to someone else) girlfriend, Camilla, and her going off the rails - sleeping around with the butlers, chauffeurs, protection officers, doctors and broadcasters - was an understandable reaction to the ultimate betrayal by Charles.

Meghan, on the other hand, has had at least two long-term cohabitating relationships, including marriage, and is seen by many to be yet another gold digger, obsessed with clothes, money, fame, looking perfect, cleverly manipulating the nice-but-dim Harry with her doe-eyed fawning looks, no doubt learnt at drama classes. The press' instant fascination with her photogenic feaures set her up perfectly to be built up and knocked down in true tabloid tradition.

Something in her narcissistic personality is enjoying and creating all of the drama that surrounds her.

Prince Harry himself is desperately and intensely jealous of his older brother, William. How awful it is for one sibling to be seen as the favourite and another as 'the spare', the runt of the litter. Imagine Harry's brooding resentment at William being at the front and by the Queen's side, his kids all being prince and princesses, whilst he and his wife are relegated to sit behind Andrew in the third row and their kid refused a title. OTOH whilst Wills was restricted in what he could do as third in line to the throne, Harry had the freedom to party around like no tomorrow, arousing disapproval in William.

Certainly, William didn't like Harry's choice of wife and thought it unwise to marry so quickly. Harry likely greatly enjoyed the press attention Meghan was getting, for once being centre of attention and in the spotlight, via his attractive photogenic wife. William's turn to be jealous.

IMV the marriage is probably in trouble as a baby doesn't necessarily bring a couple closer together. I don't think you can really know someone in less than a year, so their haste to marry and have children has likely put pressure on the marriage. The conflicts caused by Meghan's disregard for royal protocol has caused even more pressure on the relationship.

So, has their 'treatment' led to the desire to drastically abandon the royal family and England? I think the answer lies somewhere in between the massive cultural difference between the pair and the British press and public being resistant to having the status quo values challenged.
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By the way Vixen's account above has as much credibility as a rejected script for an episode of the Crown.

ETA: Note the use of England instead of UK, a nice touch.
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By the way Vixen's account above has as much credibility as a rejected script for an episode of the Crown.

ETA: Note the use of England instead of UK, a nice touch.
It's a load of disgusting nonsense that reveals much about the writer, nothing about the subject.
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The line being spun in the media, "If you don't give us what we want then we'll give no-holds barred interviews to Oprah and others, dishing the dirt on the royal family" is nothing short of blackmail. The Queen should cut them off cold and tell them to publish and be damned.

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Originally Posted by ceptimus View Post
The line being spun in the media, "If you don't give us what we want then we'll give no-holds barred interviews to Oprah and others, dishing the dirt on the royal family" is nothing short of blackmail. The Queen should cut them off cold and tell them to publish and be damned.
Where on earth has that been said?
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I think they should abdicate, just to confuse people.
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The Queen should cut them off...

It used to be, when a Queen decided to cut someone off, it really meant something.
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Which they only have because the country has let them keep them and the tourists rarely see any of the Royals, they see the buildings, which would still be there - but I don't want to derail with that debate.
But the buildings would not have much in the way of public management anymore being private property.

But I fail to see a reason to treat Harry and family any differently than the rest of the royals.
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Where on earth has that been said?
Here's one newspaper. Do an internet search to find many others reporting the same thing.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/107238...erview-threat/
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I get that nothing short of afternoon tea and extra vowels is more key to the British psyche then their Royalty so nothing will ever change the fact that I'm an outsider looking in on this, but it's still so hard for me to find a vein to hit here.

Everything is just wrapped up in this idea that Prince Harry, who was born into a position he had no say in, is somehow obligated to maintain a specific lifestyle and persona for ever, forced to live a lifestyle he doesn't want and can't do to the satisfaction of the same people demanding he maintain it.
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Didn't either Sweden or Norway recently do something like this, redefining which royals were the main bunch and the rest should be considered only as "and friends"? Seems logical to me that you'd have to pare down occasionally, otherwise you dilute the brand and have too many to keep up with. Harry's not exactly necessary. There's an heir with an heir with an heir plus two spares now.
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Here's one newspaper. Do an internet search to find many others reporting the same thing.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/107238...erview-threat/
Right so nothing but made up crap.

It has no more veracity than me saying Harry has threatened to do all public engagements in the nude if he doesn't get his way.
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Right so nothing but made up crap.

It has no more veracity than me saying Harry has threatened to do all public engagements in the nude if he doesn't get his way.
He and Meghan are an attractive couple. They could make serious money by releasing a sex tape.
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He's not obligated to do anything. If he wants to quit that's fine, but he shouldn't expect to retain his privileges if he's not prepared to do the tiny token amount of "work" that's required. And it's offensive really to call it "work" as it amounts to perhaps ten hours a week traveling around in great luxury, attending banquets and meeting a few people. Most of the people he meets have had to fork out their own hard earned cash to prepare for and attend the same events.

Meghan has already given up on her friends, father, family, previous husband, and now seems to want to give up on the royals after only marrying into the firm eighteen months ago. She knew what she was getting into (or should have done). She comes across as a self obsessed brat who wants to tell others what to do (cut carbon emissions for one thing) while continuing to keep her own extravagant carbon footprint. Being a royal is not just living the life of luxury, traveling on private jets between palaces and exotic holidays and attending the odd marriage or film premiere: they're also expected to do the slightly less glamorous jobs of opening hospitals, visiting towns, and such.

Meghan would also be very stupid not to realize that she would be the focus of media attention - all the royals are, and with her previous acting job and photogenic looks, it should have been obvious to her that she would be especially targeted. I think she likes the media attention anyway, but wants to be free to do it on her own terms - that's not acceptable if it harms the Queen and other, more senior, royals.

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I get that nothing short of afternoon tea and extra vowels is more key to the British psyche then their Royalty so nothing will ever change the fact that I'm an outsider looking in on this, but it's still so hard for me to find a vein to hit here.

Everything is just wrapped up in this idea that Prince Harry, who was born into a position he had no say in, is somehow obligated to maintain a specific lifestyle and persona for ever, forced to live a lifestyle he doesn't want and can't do to the satisfaction of the same people demanding he maintain it.
Nah. Lots of people forget that we were within a heartbeat of storming the palace after Diane's death. If there had been a referendum for keeping the monarchy or abolishing it that week we'd have ousted them. (Caveat it may then have taken us quite a few years as we ain't good with referendums!)
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Right so nothing but made up crap.

It has no more veracity than me saying Harry has threatened to do all public engagements in the nude if he doesn't get his way.
You think the meetings of their representatives with Oprah haven't happened then?
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You think the meetings of their representatives with Oprah haven't happened then?
No idea. But there is zero evidence that they are engaging in the behaviour that you called blackmail.
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I'm lost. Explain "OMG HE'S GONNA TALK TO OPRAH!" to me someone.
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I'm lost. Explain "OMG HE'S GONNA TALK TO OPRAH!" to me someone.
The idea given by some media is that if they don't get what they want they will do a tell all interview and expose the Royal Family's dirty secrets.

Some comics newspapers are going with the blackmailing the family story.
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Originally Posted by JoeMorgue View Post
I'm lost. Explain "OMG HE'S GONNA TALK TO OPRAH!" to me someone.
And air the dirty laundry, such as his grandad is a funny old racist, his dad is an adulterous weirdo and his grandmother is a queen.
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Old 13th January 2020, 07:40 AM   #76
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Originally Posted by JoeMorgue View Post
I'm lost. Explain "OMG HE'S GONNA TALK TO OPRAH!" to me someone.
As best I understand it, the thing is like this:

Half of "being a Royal" is just a big PR job. Appearances, events, tacit endorsements. The right smile, wave, and word for every occasion. And all the occasions. Your calendar is not your own. Your social life is not your own. Everything you do is subordinated to the PR job of being a Royal.

So. You step back from the job. You're still royalty. You'll still show up for royal family events, because they're your family. But the PR job of being a Royal? Boop to that.

In that context, setting up Oprah appearances seems like exactly the kind PR work you said you wanted to step back from. It comes across as not only hypocritical, but also disrespectful and dishonest. You can't have it both ways. If you tell the British people you don't want to do the PR job, and then you turn right around and start a PR job, I think there's a legitimate grievance.
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Originally Posted by Mr Fied View Post
The idea given by some media is that if they don't get what they want they will do a tell all interview and expose the Royal Family's dirty secrets.



Some comics newspapers are going with the blackmailing the family story.
I'm still going with he could be threatening to do all royal duties in the nude. It's just as well supported as the other blackmailing claims but the pictures are better.
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Old 13th January 2020, 07:43 AM   #78
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And air the dirty laundry, such as his grandad is a funny old racist, his dad is an adulterous weirdo and his grandmother is a queen.
Oh noes somebody stop him. He might break the British public's illusion that that the Royal Family is totally normal and well adjusted.

Please. Unless he's got GoPro Footage of the Queen bathing in the blood of her Corgis to stay young, I don't think any Oprah interview is going to shock anyone.
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No idea. But there is zero evidence that they are engaging in the behaviour that you called blackmail.
We will do X (something you don't like) unless you (continue to) pay us lots of money. Not blackmail in your book. Okay.
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Originally Posted by theprestige View Post
As best I understand it, the thing is like this:



Half of "being a Royal" is just a big PR job. Appearances, events, tacit endorsements. The right smile, wave, and word for every occasion. And all the occasions. Your calendar is not your own. Your social life is not your own. Everything you do is subordinated to the PR job of being a Royal.



So. You step back from the job. You're still royalty. You'll still show up for royal family events, because they're your family. But the PR job of being a Royal? Boop to that.



In that context, setting up Oprah appearances seems like exactly the kind PR work you said you wanted to step back from. It comes across as not only hypocritical, but also disrespectful and dishonest. You can't have it both ways. If you tell the British people you don't want to do the PR job, and then you turn right around and start a PR job, I think there's a legitimate grievance.
Not seeing the grievance you are saying exists.

He has job A which involves "PR"
He resigns from job A
He takes up job B which involves "PR" but different "PR" to job A.

Where's the point of contention? He is in effect changing job.

If we aren't "paying" him why should we have any grievance about what he decides to do with the rest of his life? We don't own him.
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