Meghan and Harry will officially be off the royal payroll by the end of the month, free to live their glorious new, unemployed existence in Canada: no public funds, no ‘Sussex Royal’ branding, no responsibilities, no worries. Until then, they’re still technically senior working royals.
And as we all know, if you’re a senior working royal, you’re not actually meant to break the rules by voicing controversial opinions that go against royal protocol. Them’s the rules.
So… Coded messages.
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Meghan carried out one of her final official duties this week, and I have now convinced myself that the equality advocate was signalling to us through the metaphor of fabric.
Hold my tinfoil hat while I break it down.
It was Saturday night’s Mountbatten Festival of Music at London’s Royal Albert Hall; the Duke and Duchess’ curtain cull on royal life. A sombre occasion, surely.
The pair has made it very clear through, and since, their resignation in February that it was a reluctant decision, one made for the sake of their son and because they crave independence and “space”. Plus, the Palace hasn’t hidden the fact that it’s caused tension (Meghan and Harry not only seemingly blindsided Her Majesty, but broke up the ‘awesome foursome’, leaving the reinvigoration of the monarchy squarely on the shoulders of the Cambridges.)
One would, therefore, expect Meghan and Harry to slink away mutedly. If not, awkwardly. To just fade into the distance.
But instead, this….