A few thoughts on the Royal wedding and a little advice to the new Duchess.
What struck me before the weekend’s nuptials was that Ms Markle had not thought to bring her father into the Windsor fold but instead left him for the world’s media to gawp and snap at him from behind his computer screen, while he was clad in trackie bottoms.
Then he was ‘taken ill’ with a suspected heart problem. Should Ms Markle have postponed her wedding to be at her father’s side? Not a chance but it kept him out of sight.
Was this an oversight on behalf of Kensington Palace, where the Royal in Chief, Prince Charles, seems to spend most of his time firing letters off to politicians about his pet concerns? Kensington Palace should have been across this problem from day one.
The next generation of royals have to earn our respect and I am afraid that if the new Duchess of Sussex – one of my new constituents – becomes embroiled in diversity, feminazi and equality politics, she will turn off more people than she converts.
That is not royal, it is not required and should not be her priority.
She was married with a veil depicting the 53 countries of the Commonwealth. That is where her duties lie. We need to forge better relationships with our Commonwealth friends, particularly post Brexit, for free trade agreements. We have left the Commonwealth to forge its own way and with other alliances, rather than holding them close.
The Sussex duo should be ambassadors for trade and diplomacy, not social justice warriors. Keep on saving the whales, dolphins, elephants and street children of Calcutta, by all means, but leave the politics to the politicians. Keep smiling, wave at the adoring crowds, accept a bouquet or two, kiss some kids or cats, but nothing else.
The newly wed couple should be choosing carefully the charities they will be supporting. Those that support the Commonwealth and home-grown charities, nothing else. Nothing controversial, nothing embracing diversity or wimmins’ interests.
I was at Buckingham Palace last week as I received another invitation to the Royal garden party. The Queen was mobbed. Apart from Prince Andrew and the Wessex pair (all disappointing), there was no one else to see. I sat down in between lunch with my husband and before an evening of One Night Only with Rod Liddle at the London Palladium; it was nice to have a cup of tea and a slice of cake in Buck House gardens watching everyone else moan about not being able to see the Queen and saying the other royals were a disappointment, that their feet hurt because of their shoes, or complain about the band playing nauseating ‘showtime hits’.
I love people watching – the good and bad hats, the ties and smiling at some of the magnificent outfits people had purchased just to sit and stare at each other over a cup of tea. It’s great to watch our wonderful lovely countrymen at play with the great and the good who all came for a cup of tea and a slice of the Queen’s wonderful Dundee fruit cake (available from the shop, complete with video of the garden party should you wish to purchase).
Quite a few conversations were overheard with people expressing their disquiet at Prince Harry marrying an actress, with a past and a dysfunctional family. A few were heard saying they thought she was acting throughout the courtship and will be up until the wedding day, then she will show her true colours. That may or may not be true. Time will tell.
The Queen and Prince Philip have done a marvellous job. If the next generation want to retain our loyalty and respect then Meghan, I suggest you and I sit down over a cup of English tea and discuss where you might be going wrong, about politics and the like, before you do.