Meghan Markle claimed in an interview with Oprah that the Duke of Cambridge made her cry. Kate Middleton is said to have “insulted” with her claim. Video / CBS / AFP / News.com.au
A future queen, a mother, a charity disco organizer and a buyer of part-time accessories: the Duchess of Cambridge wore a lot of hats in her 39 years (and not all of Philip Treacy’s $ 2,100 figures). This week, she added a new soft cord to her bow with an official entry into the publishing game.
Next month, in 2020, a book of photographs entitled Hold Still: Portrait of our Nation will be presented, containing 100 powerful and moving images from the eponymous innovative photography project that Kate envisioned last year.
Although the title won’t be released until May 7, the first anniversary of Hold Still, the book sold out online in just four hours, meaning it’s already a failed success, or Carole Middleton was a bit excited.
All of this is wonderful and impressive, and brings particularly good news as the royal family faces another Easter. However, as the UK nears the end of the blockade, the outcome of the new book raises a bigger question: How will history remember the royal family during a pandemic?
Because, look a little closer, with the benefit of the wisdom of the view, and a picture of the duke and duchess who stepped in … and the other duo, who is not, appears.
Let’s go back to March 2020: On March 11, the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic; 17. Buckingham Palace cancels public royal events; On the 25th, it was revealed that Prince Charles tested positive for the virus before two days later on the 27th, it was reported that Harry and Meghan had slipped across the border from an indebted home in Canada to move to Los Angeles.
That month, the world fell apart and we all struggled to understand this scourge and our rapidly shrinking worlds as borders closed, schools in the UK and US and supermarket shelves were exposed.
For the royal family, this was unfamiliar territory, their signature stamp of handling and official visitation in this brave new world is no longer possible – or truly beneficial. For the Dukes and Duchess of Cambridge and Sussex, this new, dark paradigm was both a challenge and an opportunity to make their mark.
When masks became de rigueur and we accumulated loo paper, Harry and Meghan were no longer active members of the royal family, but surely the two men striving for change, a crisis like this, already wanted to jump in and lend a hand.
In this sense, there were early indications.
On April 16, Harry and Meghan were photographed delivering meals as part of the Angel Food project, and they realized the compassion and care they sought to enforce as a hallmark of their brand.
That same month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex collaborated in video calls with British organizations with which they are closely associated (for him WellChild, for her Hubb Community Kitchen) to discuss the responses of these groups to the pandemic and pledged $ 176,000. profits from their wedding show to a charity that helps fund hungry children during a pandemic.
Come in May to celebrate the first birthday of your son Archie, they released a wonderful video in which the Duchess reads a book to support the Save the Children coronavirus fund.
However, in the following months, as spring receded into summer, the number of infections and deaths continued to rise, and the couple’s public outings took on a different connotation, focusing mainly on issues they had long advocated, namely gender equality. women’s empowerment and mental health.
Instead, Sussex’s 2020 was generally defined by regular disputes and the issue of money. In August, it was revealed that they had prepared a dosha to buy a mansion worth $ 21 million in the celebrity enclave, in September the New York Times published news about its Netflix contract with “megawatts”, and in December it was revealed that they signed join the barn Spotify in expensive stars.
The total estimated value of their meeting in the meeting room: $ 194 million. Just before Christmas and thanks to the promotion of the couple’s neighbor Oprah Winfrey on Instagram, it was announced that Meghan had invested in Clevr Blends, a vegan brand of latte.
Contrary to what William and Kate were getting up back in Blighty, with an immense number of video calls to frontline workers from across the Commonwealth and trying to cheer up the besieged, suffering country.
Time and time again, they appeared together or individually on video screens from their appropriately offensive living room in Norfolk and listened to their experiences from Australian nurses to London’s Ambos. The question of how much confused doctors want to spend time politely talking about nodding HRHs through Zoom has failed at least the couple to work in a coordinated and regular manner.
Now certainly no work of Cambridges has been particularly dazzling or mold-breaking (Keep to the side), but what we will remember in the years to come is that when the UK suffered, the Cambridges appeared day after day (at a distance, of course). ) for their country.
(Before we start erecting statues in their honor, keep in mind that Kate made only three official commitments in July and William eight.)
They did their boring, moderately diligent efforts to meet the challenge posed by the pandemic. And while that in the UK only boosted their approval, they didn’t seem to be encouraged by some PR wins.
In all of this, it is noticeable, apart from a pair of seemingly endless offerings of harmless sweaters, also that an important part of all this work went completely unnoticed and the press and public applauded him.
William and Kate appeared in 210 engagements last year, a very significant part of which was related to the pandemic and the impact of the virus on the UK and the Commonwealth – and most failed to gain more than just a fleeting mention of the most.
It’s a gloomy part of royal life that The Crown has somehow skipped, hours and hours of meeting, greeting and listening without expecting any fanfare or praise.
Can we say the same for Harry and Meghan?
In 2020, they were far from idle and hungry for important causes – but causes that seemed more related to their emerging American brand than to the pandemic.
What is confusing is what was presented with such a historic moment that Harry and Meghan did nothing more; that their zeal for philanthropy and helping others has not turned into some sort of exciting, large-scale project or powerful campaign.
What if I look back, what did they achieve with a lasting important note during this (hopefully) one-time disaster?
History is written by winners or so to speak. In 2020, history was written by those who emerged.
Daniela Elder is a royal expert and writer with over 15 years of experience working with many of Australia’s leading media headlines.