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A Royal Family is a projective test: it is designed to be an emblem of a nation with which all citizens can identify. They need to see enough in that family to be able to imagine themselves being part of it. This family, by dint of some historical achievement, is chosen as the prime example of a country’s people, to be defended, admired, and copied by them all: it should set an example, and bind the nation together. For the chosen family, it is a Faustian bargain: a very good standard of living in return for good behaviour and embodying the countries’ values. Luxury demands service in return, and part of that service is to be on public display.

In terms of inter-tribal competition, this makes sense. When dealing with the tribe across the mountains you want your representatives to look as good as possible. However impoverished your tribe may be, your representatives must be well-dressed and able to put on an impressive show when receiving visitors, and able to offer presents when visiting other countries in return. Perceptions matter. Making a good impression can lead to better trade relations, and might even avoid a war.

These historical precedents may seem less important now, but it is strange how countries without an official royal family tend to get fascinated by Britain’s Queen, or their own special political families. In US politics, more attention will be paid to those with surnames such as Bush, Clinton, Obama, as well as Kennedy and in future Trump. France guillotined their royals, but still has some interest in the royals over the water. Pedigree is a factor, even when people say it should not be.

YouGov surveys show a big generational difference in how UK citizens perceive Harry and Meghan. The 18 to 24 year-olds are sympathetic to the young couple, those over 50 not. Of course, the age of viewers cannot determine the truth of the matter. Also, plenty of people are not interested, or at least say they aren’t. The very latest polls from YouGov show Harry has fallen 15 points into negative territory at -3, and Meghan down 14 points to a net rating of -27.

The fact-checking has now begun. Doubts have been raised by matters such as which members of the extended royal family get which titles, and which levels of protection. In this the young couple appear to have misunderstood the standard procedures set up in 1917. There are considerable doubts about whether the Archbishop of Canterbury would have married them in a private without witnesses present, and then gone through with a massive charade three days later, against all legal and religious requirements. Also in doubt is the claim about not having access to passports, since there was plentiful foreign travel in that period, and the Queen is the only one who travels without one. Journalists have gone through the proffered specimens of hostile front-page UK press coverage, and find that many were written by the overseas press, or after the couple had already left public life. Much of the earlier negative press was because of their championing global warming precautions while taking private jets. Other claims they made are hard to assess, particularly the one about their baby’s skin colour. More of that later. Curiously, with all this focus on the Royals as a family, the interview made no commensurate examination of the Markles as a family.

Undeniably, people are interested in what Harry and Meghan had to say. A royal family must be somewhat mysterious if it is to serve its symbolic function. It is natural to wonder what the Queen is like. I have been at functions where the Queen was present, and she was gracious and very capable. A little story: at a big lunch she gave for civic leaders she was on the round table next to ours. Afterwards I quizzed the guy sitting next to her, a local butcher. He said that at any reception he had generally found himself on table 20, but this time had to search up the entire board to find, to his great alarm, that he was sitting next to her. Assuming he should only speak when spoken to, he said: “Within 20 seconds it was clear we would be having an ordinary conversation”. I asked what his impressions were. He replied “A really excellent mimic”. Not many people know that.

Today, on a Zoom conference with schoolchildren about science the Queen was asked what Yuri Gagarin was like. Deadpan, she replied: Russian. And then joined in the laughter.

Camilla, attending the opening of a new wing of a hospice, came into to see a dying friend of ours and was charming, talking with her for quite some time. Slightly to my surprise, our friend was very moved by her visit. The Duke of Edinburgh was good fun to talk to, a close friend found. When the Queen visited Trinity College Cambridge she told another friend how much she had enjoyed visiting Charles when he was studying there. I had a long conversation with Lord Linley, son of Princess Margaret, about his fine furniture business. Finding out that I was a psychologist, he quipped: “How am I doing?” and carried on describing his work. Friends had a long friendly conversation with Lady Diana, which they always remember. A casualty consultant told me that a politician visiting the hospital was generally considered a nuisance (he had Thatcher in mind) but if a Royal came along everyone was smiling for at least four days. The royal family meets everybody. It is part of the job description, and they generally appear to enjoy it.

Among those over 50 years of age there is considerable irritation at the Harry and Meghan accusations, and a feeling of betrayal. Their wedding was a big event, designed in the way they wanted, and was very well received by the public. They were very popular. Eventually, their lectures about global warming began to grate on nerves, given their private travels. (Prince Charles had been given the same treatment, for the same reasons). Royals live a charmed life, but are not expected to complain when hypocrisies are exposed.

Now to the skin colour of the baby, based on comments actual or potential. Harry said that racism was a large part of the reason he gave up his royal duties and left his country. The line taken by some commentators is that the accusation requires the royal family to reflect deeply. Well, let’s consider what might happen if they did so. They would note that they had accepted a divorcee into the family, had given the couple a superb and very expensive wedding with priests and choirs that celebrated the brides’ African heritage, gave them a fine house, watched them gain enormous popularity and public affection, and then crash out shortly thereafter, with public accusations of racism. The whole point about crying racism is that the accusation is irrefutable. No good deed counts as absolution. So long as the accuser claims (with all their heart) that they were treated unfairly, the case is proved, and all that remains is to determine the sentence. The royal family, after all that reflection, might be tempted to go back to arranged marriages.

I took the photo of Harry in June 2019 when he was the guest of honour at Founders Day at The Royal Hospital, the retirement home for soldiers “broken by war”. Everyone wanted to meet him, and looked on with interest as he chatted to those presented to him. It seemed that his future lay in helping Army charities, to public acclaim.

Younger critics refer to the couple and “Ginge & Cringe”. Older critics prefer “Duchess Difficult & The Hostage”.

Although there have been many different public reactions, one I often hear is:

Poor Harry.

 
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  1. dearieme says:

    As you know, doc, my contact with the famous is always rather tenuous. A child did, however, meet Charles and Camilla at a garden party. “What were they like?” I asked. “Obviously adored each other” she said. “Just as well” says I.

    As for this sorry pair: he’s a twerp and she’s a crook, according to a friend of mine. I’d bid higher than “twerp” myself.

    • Replies: @pyrrhus
    , @Paperback Writer
  2. Dan Hayes says:

    Prof Thompson,

    Thanks for a very humane and judicious evaluation of the (accursed) Royal Family!

  3. The US should consider sanctions and a regime change war if Harry is not allowed to become King. Proud millennial for Harry.

    • LOL: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @for-the-record
    , @El Dato
  4. Miro23 says:

    I took the photo of Harry in June 2019 when he was the guest of honour at Founders Day at The Royal Hospital, the retirement home for soldiers “broken by war”. Everyone wanted to meet him, and looked on with interest as he chatted to those presented to him. It seemed that his future lay in helping Army charities, to public acclaim.

    Being friendly and doing charity work isn’t enough. The Royal Family urgently needs to validate itself by defending British people and British traditions against Wokes. The government and media aren’t going to do anything and Harry is clueless idiot who needs to be disowned.

    • Replies: @Excal
  5. ruralguy says:

    Interesting insights into the Royal Family and their functional need to reflect the persona of the British. The British do want the Royals to project a Victorian image. But, those characteristics no longer reflect the British. Princess Diana, Prince William, and Duchess Kate have/do exemplify the social manners, but lack the intelligence and leadership traits that led Britain into such a prominent world role. Harry and Meghan Markle don’t project any image even remotely noble. But, dysfunctional Harry and Meghan do a better job in reflecting the dysfunctional characteristics of modern British and Americans. As the world is finding, there is no nobility in the modern British and Americans, to reflect in a Royal Family. The British can’t keep pretending the British and their reflective Royals are Victorian.

    • Replies: @Boomthorkell
  6. Every member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces has to sign an Oath of Allegiance to Queen and Country.

    Harry made a conscious choice to break his oath to his Queen and His Country, but not before securing the legal and commercial rights and global patents of the brand name “Sussex Royal” and securing hundred millions of dollars deals with NETFLIX and SPOTIFY.

    Just like his wife, who amazingly survived her “almost unsurvivable” sentence within the institutionally racist British Royal Family, they are now doing surprisingly well possibly because shit always floats.

    Quite unlike the many thousands of other British and Commonwealth armed forces personnel who were killed or physically maimed/disfigured/permenantly disabled through their service to their Queen and Country who don’t ever get to escape.

    Harry walked away. As an ex serving member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, I’d prefer if Harry stayed away.

    And this includes from the Invictus Games.

    Our permanently disfigured and disabled service personnel who are really “trapped ” deserve better.

    Our Queen and our Country deserve better.

    I wonder what Harry’s (QUOTE) ” Little Paki friend” would think?

  7. There’s nothing better than this tale of woe concerning Harry, his mulatto and Oprah Winfrey to show the depressing state of the communal intellect of the Western world.

    I suspect the biggest embarrassment to the British Royal Family in all of this is that one of their own has been clearly revealed as being as thick-as-a-plank. In the public’s eye, his marrying the vulgar mulatto in the first place might have been put down to PTSD, as Harry did spend time in a war zone.

    The mulatto told childish lie after lie. They had not been wedded by the archbishop a few days prior to the televised wedding, it was a wedding rehearsal they had attended. The mulatto, though, might not have actually known the difference.

    Her portrayal that her and Harry’s son wasn’t designated a Prince due to the Royal Family being racist was also a blatant lie. It’s protocol for Harry’s sons to not be elevated to the rank of Princes until Harry’s father (Charles?) ascends the Throne.

    Harry backed-up his bit of trailer-trash in these very childish taunts to the Royal Family. That he did so can only be put down to crass stupidity. But then, his airhead mother took up with a playboy Arab and flaunted herself in front of the cameras to spite her former inlaws.

    Albeit, the Royal Family won’t mind that Harry and his mulatto have knocked Prince Andrew’s very close associations and interactions with proven peadophiles from the public consciousness.

    The British have a shower of taxpayer funded perverts and airheads with estates worth in the billions to laud it over them. And the Americans have Oprah Winfrey.

    How this witless piece-of-tripe became a muli-millionaire via broadcasting, only God knows. Her interviewing technique is disgusting, she hasn’t got the curiosity of a dead sheep. No curiosity points to a vacuous intellect, which in turn means low IQ. And to top that, no matter who her guests are she’ll sit there in front of them with a regal air.

    If Winfrey was to have a private audience with the British Queen, it’s the latter who’d be expected to curtsy.

    They say something like 50 million people watched the interview. I’d guess about 80 percent of these viewers might as well have spent the hour and a half watching paint dry on a wall, because they’d have sat there and ingested nothing from it except the odd sound-bite thrown out by Winfrey. Afterwards they’d have had to go to Facebook and Twitter to see how they should react to it.

    The West? Whom the Gods want to destroy, they first make mad. Except in this case they’ve obviously opted for stupid instead of mad.

    • Agree: Curmudgeon
    • Replies: @for-the-record
    , @Anon
  8. @ruralguy

    At some point the Monarchy and the people need to focus on what is actually uplifting in English characteristics and Race, and then go from there.

    What must be remade, reformed, reborn, or changed. Something organic.

  9. Dan Hayes says:

    The Commonwealth is a multiracial project that the Royal Family is wholeheartedly wedded to. Initially that is why QE II wholeheartedly welcomed the mulatto aboard. Because of a racially aggrieved actress (an incendiary combination), it didn’t quite turn out the way it was hoped for!

    • Replies: @LondonBob
  10. Somewhere, if memory serves me correctly, there’s a photo of Harry in a Nazi uniform. I think of him as just a cheeky kid.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  11. LondonBob says:
    @Dan Hayes

    The Commonwealth needs ditching for many reasons, the Royal Family should be British only (although NZ, Aus and Can may also keep her) and we need to end the delusions of Empire (how may of our armed services are from the Commonwealth, no soldiers no opportunity to interfere).

    Private Eye actually managed a rare moment of amusing satire of Meghan.

    I suspect much of the age difference toward Harry is simply ethnicity, as well as the stupidity of youth.

    • Thanks: Dan Hayes
  12. @Supply and Demand

    The US should consider sanctions and a regime change war if Harry is not allowed to become King

    How sexist and misogynist, and racist too!

    The US should consider sanctions and a regime change war if Meghan is not allowed to become Queen.

    • LOL: The Alarmist
  13. @ForeverGone

    How this witless piece-of-tripe became a muli-millionaire via broadcasting

    REAL TIME NET WORTH as of 3/14/21: $2.7B

    https://www.forbes.com/profile/oprah-winfrey/

  14. Chinaman says:

    Now to the skin colour of the baby, based on comments actual or potential. Harry said that racism was a large part of the reason he gave up his royal duties and left his country. The line taken by some commentators is that the accusation requires the royal family to reflect deeply.

    I think it will look yellowish… Like my skin colour. The kid will look like a chinese kid.

    I think everyone should be concerned, not so much about color but the baby’s IQ. Harry is not very smart to begin with.

    Corrupting the Royal bloodline with some African DNA is just the last straw we need, beside Brexit, to begin the disintegration of the UK.

  15. Anon[712] • Disclaimer says:

    They should be stripped of all money and privileges and banished from Great Britain for the rest of their lives.

  16. Anon[712] • Disclaimer says:
    @ForeverGone

    “How this witless piece-of-tripe became a muli-millionaire via broadcasting, only God knows. Her interviewing technique is disgusting, she hasn’t got the curiosity of a dead sheep. No curiosity points to a vacuous intellect, which in turn means low IQ. And to top that, no matter who her guests are she’ll sit there in front of them with a regal air.”

    Like Rap music, she’s a totally Jewish creation. They wanted to have another black celebrity for all the millions of brain dead whites to drool over. Now the mouth-breathing masses have believed for 35 years now that this bloated, negress is actually intelligent because she can talk to people on television with questions written by others and come out with books that have been ghost written.

  17. AndrewR says:

    How many times will you call them “the young couple”? Certainly compared to the queen and her fossilized husband, they are young, but Harry is 36 and Meg will be 40 this year. Calling them young minimizes their agency and their role in contributing to the mess that they and Harry’s kin have found themselves.

    • Replies: @James Thompson
  18. El Dato says:
    @Supply and Demand

    Photos proving that Biden is currently receiving (((instructions))) regarding this:

    • Replies: @Reactionary Utopian
  19. @El Dato

    Excellent!

    The spice must flow. And the idea of Biden living out the rest of his short-ass life in a pain amplifier is a cheerful one.

  20. @AndrewR

    Yes, on reflection I agree with you! They are certainly above the age of consent. Perhaps I was reluctant to call them adults.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    , @Curmudgeon
  21. Meghan Markle ‘considering running for president’ if Joe Biden rules out second term

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/meghan-markle-considering-running-president-23713022

  22. Royal Family is a projective test: it is designed to be an emblem of a nation with which all citizens can identify

    First thought – fine. Second thought: Designed? Third (rather ironic) thought: Intelligent design? Fourth thought: Sign and sigh are onomatopoetic cousins or – relatives in the Kingdom of Speech (Tom Wolfe) which, with an eye on Shakespeare you could assume would trump over Kings and Queens quite easily.
    Does Harry get this stuff? – It is hard to be married to a depressive and otherwise not overly gifted woman, pretty as she might be.

    Thanks for describing how you personally are related to your Royal Family, Mr. Thompson. Meet and greet – simple pleasures delivered with style. Widely underestimated, not only by your colleagues, the psychologists.

  23. Sean says:

    Very interesting photograph; the profile of Harry’s convex nose is much more like his mother’s lover James Hewitt, than either of his high-bridged large-nosed parents. Harry’s exploits (sticking his hand up the jumper of his nanny of his nanny/companion the then Alexandra Shân “Tiggy” Legge-Bourke and grabbing her breasts, heavy drinking and smoking cannabis at 17, getting photographed nude in Vegas after stripping in front of women he hardly knew who then sold the snaps, and worst of all joining the army rather than the navy) would be less odd were he actually the son of the feckless thicko (failed the exam for promotion to major three times) womanizing Hewitt. Prince Harry may well be Charles’s son, but I suspect the royal family, possibly on the wrong grounds, are not terribly surprised at the way he turned out.

  24. Tor597 says:

    Good riddance to the Royals.

    They spread wokeness throughout the world, but now that it has come back to bite them in the ass they are complaining about it lol.

  25. Excal says:
    @Miro23

    They can’t. The politicians won’t let them.

  26. As Trump said: I wish him a lot of luck, he’s gonna need it.

    Harry degrades himself worse than the Duke of Windsor ever did. I give it 2 more years max and then done.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  27. AndrewR says:
    @James Thompson

    Well, many people stop maturing psychologically at a very young age. But chronologically H+M are basically middle aged.

  28. AndrewR says:
    @restless94110

    Much more.

    David never wanted to abdicate per se. He just really felt he needed Wallis as his wife. Today, no one would care if she were on her third marriage.

    And also, from what I can tell, Wallis kind of felt trapped and forced to marry him. He apparently threatened suicide if she left him. Meanwhile, Meghan has been the primary manipulator with Harry. I doubt she threatened suicide to get him to marry her, but I’m sure she used the threat thereof to get him to leave the firm and trash his family.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  29. David never wanted to abdicate per se. He just really felt he needed Wallis as his wife. Today, no one would care if she were on her third marriage.

    I don’t see that as any different from Harry and Markel. And I don’t believe it would go down well if Charles ascended to the throne today. But that’s not the point. The point was the similarities between David and Harry in their weakness towards their women.

    I also do not see how you could possibly know the state of Wallis’ heart from 100 years ago. It seemed she was pretty durn happy to be in wedded bliss. Trapped into marrying? That doesn’t float no matter what you’ve read or think.

    But one thing is not clear: you doubt she threatened suicide to get him to marry her, but you are sure she threatened suicide to get him to leave the royal family? For one, once Harry was with her what other possible alternative was there but to marry her? Harry wasn’t going to just shack up with her and start popping out kids left and right.

    For another, there are other ways for an unhappy wife to get her weak man to make her happy again, other than threatening suicide. She didn’t need to go that far, and I hardly think she did. Like that other weak male Bruce Springsteen has said numerous times: happy wife, happy life.

    The problem is the invasion of the Beta Males in western culture. It will end in tears for both sexes. Yes there are only two.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  30. Poor guy. He may be a fool (he could have had his pick of young British girls) but I still feel sorry for him, as in some ways I still see that child following his mother’s coffin.

    He’s a hostage now – imagine what he’ll be accused of if they split. Or what salacious details she’ll go public with.

    I’m seriously worried for him.

    (The Royal Family are the totem of our British tribe.)

    • Replies: @dearieme
    , @Angharad
  31. anonymous[363] • Disclaimer says:

    You didn’t mention the Royal Family including William and Kate acting as an organized unit covering up for Prince Andrew. The institution is discredited.

    • Agree: Angharad
  32. dearieme says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    he could have had his pick of young British girls

    Gossip asserts that two had turned him down.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  33. @dearieme

    “Gossip asserts that two had turned him down.”

    Nonetheless he would have (probably did) cleaned up with what remains of the county set, and plenty of ambitious upper-middles like the Middletons would have been interested.

    Meghan’s family bring a whole new scale of dysfunctional to the table. Her father and various half-siblings I can’t believe – Dad saying giving up the UK is a huge mistake (true, but surely highly impolitic) and a half-sibling predicting divorce (ditto) – can’t they keep their mouths shut?

    Her mother seems to be the only one with the sense to “lay low and say nuthin’”.

    As I say, I am very worried for Harry – all his pictures show a man, like Nahum Gardner in the Lovecraft story, walking half in another world between lines of nameless guards to a certain and familiar doom.

    https://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/cs.aspx

    • Replies: @Angharad
  34. @James Thompson

    Growing old is inevitable. Growing up is optional.

  35. @restless94110

    The point was the similarities between David and Harry in their weakness towards their women.

    Charles reportedly asked a reporter if he should be the only Prince of Wales not to have a mistress. He, Randy Andy, and Edward were getting more ass than a toilet seat. Given all of Charles’ arranged prospects were Roman Catholics not willing to convert, he was forced to look at a “lower” tier, but he always preferred Camilla, who was not acceptable due to her “partying” ways. It comes with the territory, and always has e.g. Bertie (Edward VII) had Lily Langtree. Sometimes, as with Elizabeth and Victoria, they actually got what they wanted.

    • Replies: @restless94110
  36. @Curmudgeon

    I don’t speak Royalish so I’ll try to muck through your obtuse reply.

    Why would Charles talk to a reporter about who he wanted to fuck? How old was Princie baby at that time?

    Not sure who Andy, Randy, Sandy, Pandy, Mandy (shout out to Barry Manilow), and even Randy Andy are, but glad they were getting laid by someone, but do we care? I certainly don’t.

    Who would have arranged prospects for Charles that weren’t really prospects (to by his wife, I assume is your meaning) since they would not convert? I would have recommended that Charles fire his prospect getter as being totally inept.

    So Charles was forced to look at a lower tier? Does that mean Diana? Who was upper tier?

    We know he was a weak tea kind or person after it was revealed he said he wanted to be her tampon, but why was she a suitable prospect at all whether she was a party girl or not? I thought she was a commoner?

    And who wasn’t she acceptable to? Mama Queenie? That just means even more that Charles is a weak man. I still don’t get what the deal is with Camilla. She looks like a horse past due for the glue factory.

    Finally, do tell: that did Lizzie and Vicki want and what did they get?? Hot stud action? In 1890? Wow this is getting good!

    Oh by the way what does this have to do with Henpecked Harry and his deranged wife?

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  37. Angharad says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Errr….if the bride’s own family is loudly and publicly WARNING you to ditch her – you should listen.

  38. Angharad says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    That repulsive grifting family are PRETENDERS – and the lot should be chucked into the Atlantic ocean. WHY would you worry about that TRASH? Harry is a physical adult. He married a darker version of his mother. Any one stupid enough to marry that Markle horror deserves what they get – and boy oh boy is he getting it. By the time she’s done with him – he’ll be found in month old underwear, covered in drool and vomit, in a crack motel in East LA a month after he’s gone missing.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  39. @restless94110

    The reporter questioned Charles about his dicking Camilla while married to Diana.
    For those paying attention, the press called Andrew “Randy Andy” because he took a lot of “vacations” with single young women.
    Arranged marriages are the norm among the elite. Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg was supposed to fill the spot, but as a RC, would not agree to raising the children as Anglicans.
    The system is complex. https://victorian-era.org/royal-british-nobility.html The five titles of the peerage, in descending order of precedence, or rank, are: duke, marquess, earl, viscount, baron. The highest rank of the peerage, duke, is the most exclusive. Diana Spencer, was the daughter of an Earl, a lower rank of peerage. She too was a RC but agreed to allow the children to be raised as Anglicans.
    The Queen is the Head of the Anglican Church, So, yes she would have been unacceptable, because the reigning Monarch has to be minimally, a Protestant. Descendants raised as Roman Catholics cannot be a British Monarch.
    While an arranged marriage, Victoria was committed to Albert beyond the duty of producing an heir. Elizabeth chose Phil because she was attracted to him. The family had other plans.
    What this has to do with Henpecked Harry, is that he caught jungle fever, and let his little head think for the big one. One day, he will wake up wondering WTF he’s done.

  40. What this has to do with Henpecked Harry, is that he caught jungle fever, and let his little head think for the big one. One day, he will wake up wondering WTF he’s done.

    I don’t even think it’s that. Markel appears singularly unsexy and unattractive. I can’t imagine her being interesting in bed. She has a cloud of witnesses attesting to her nasty, testy behavior.

    I really see Harry as just a weak men.

    I think I confused you with my reply because a good 4 sentences were about Camilla. The tampon reference especially. He wasn’t just dicking here. In fact, it appears that she has the dick, not he.

    I’m so glad Lizzy and Vicky had pleasure in their marriages. Many arranged marriages can work out that way anyway, it’s not so bad.

    I can’t imagine Henpecked Harry sticking around for more than a couple of years more. And how preposterous that anyone would vote Markel in for President of the US? It is end of days, me Lord.

  41. To be fair, in real life, most couples I know include one person married to a very difficult person, and another person who (maybe for coincidental reasons, maybe not – I am always too polite to ask!) is also married to a difficult person.

    Nice to hear (from the anecdotes in Dr Thomson’s post) that the royal family, when engaging with the English people, is usually polite and eager to live up to their duties. I have met a couple mob-affiliated people, though, here in the USA, and they were just as charismatic (sort of kidding here)

    • Replies: @James Thompson
  42. @very old statistician

    To be fair, the royals no longer have the options open to the Mafia.

    • Replies: @very old statistician
  43. @AndrewR

    Now she sees the chance to become US President. – Dr. Freud would have been quite satisfied with the outcome of her decision to leave the Royal Family. Even though her state of mind would not be too easy to diagnose: Would he lean towards calling it a hysterical reaction and/or an overcompensation? That would be my first guesses.

    • Replies: @dearieme
  44. dearieme says:
    @Dieter Kief

    If the requirement of being a US president is now to be that one must rattle one’s sabre at Russia and China simultaneously then this devious narcissist may be just the woman for the job.

    • Replies: @James Thompson
  45. @James Thompson

    A tough comedy about the Anglo public-sphere with her presidential ambitions etc. should be in the works. I think of Evelyn Waugh and/or Robert Altman. Tom Wolfe. // P. J. O’Rourke/Hunter S. Thompson/Terry Gilliam (my dream team). // Theodore Dalrymple. If only T. C. Boyle understood the political world better – or if only Jonathan Franzen would not be so – polite.

    (In No. 44 I spoke not only about a possible reaction of Dr. Freud but also of Dr. Adler (overcompensation) but did not mention him.)

  46. dearieme says:
    @James Thompson

    I got the joke, but only at the second viewing. I blame Pfizer.

    • Replies: @James Thompson
  47. @Angharad

    “Harry is a physical adult.”

    Plenty of physical adults carry a hurt child within. Now that’s not an excuse for behaving like a child, but we should have compassion for human frailty.

  48. pyrrhus says:
    @dearieme

    As for Harry Hewitt (as a side by side photo shows, he and Dad James could be identical twins), he was a brave and popular soldier and should have stuck to that game, rather than marrying a scheming vixen and pretending to be a Royal….

    • Replies: @dearieme
  49. dearieme says:
    @pyrrhus

    There’s a photo comparison I’ve seen of Harry and his grandfather, Prince Philip, at the same age. Spitting image.

    • Agree: Philip Owen
    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
  50. @dearieme

    If you look closely, Harry looks like Charles as well. The eyes are the same. I never believed that Hewitt story.

  51. @Paperback Writer

    Er, I know her, but I don’t know what the basis of her claim is about Harry not being able to fly a helicopter.

  52. The basis is that they didn’t make him a pilot, but a co-pilot.

    • Replies: @James Thompson
  53. @Paperback Writer

    Fine. That is a difference of rank, but a co-pilot can still do much of the flying. If Harry never did any flying, then that would be something.

    • Thanks: Paperback Writer
  54. He did fly. You would think someone would have pointed that out. The rebutting newspaper articles were full of pablum about Harry “serving his country,” which meant nothing. I always suspected that if he’d stunk it up they’d have never put him in a copter, particularly as he was at that time 2nd in line.

  55. @Paperback Writer

    Is this Labour pol correct?

    These anti-royalists wouldn’t recognize a true republic if it uncoiled and bit them in the arse. The word militia scares them.

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