Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s ‘Us Against the World’ attitude has been called a ‘disaster’ by Tina Brown ahead of the release of her new book The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor: The Truth and the Turmoil. She went on to say that the Sussexes were “addicted to drama”.
In an interview with The telegraph this weekend, Brown says Harry and his brother Prince William’s relationship with the media was heavily influenced by the treatment of Princess Diana in the 1990s. She argues they are ruled by their wives in the how they handle the spotlight.
Brown’s book comes 25 years after the death of Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris following a high-speed chase with members of the paparazzi in 1997. It analyzes the relationship between the media and members of the royal family – a question that has since been claimed to be made in the Sussexes’ 2021 bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, was particularly pointed.
Former editor of numerous world publications, including Newsweek and vanity lounge, Brown argues that Harry’s attitude to the press isn’t entirely wrong when it comes to the treatment of his mother, himself, or his wife over time. Still, she warns, “Fighting with the British media is a lost cause…and unfortunately Meghan is as combative as he is.”
In comparison, Brown notes, “William and Kate are very quiet; their marriage works very well that way.
“In the Sussexes’ marriage, they wind up and it’s Us against the world, and it’s a disaster.”
Speaking about William and Harry’s relationship, Brown says things are “really bad.”
“I’m told that absolutely nothing is going on between them at the moment.”
The brothers have not appeared in public together since both attended the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Diana, at Kensington Palace in July 2021.
Harry has not returned to the UK since that visit where he claimed he was dangerously followed in a car by members of the paparazzi. This situation – with damning parallels to Diana’s treatment at the hands of the press – saw Harry request a reassessment of his security details by the UK Home Office. His security needs were reassessed after he and Meghan stepped down as full-time members of the Royal Family.
The Home Office has reaffirmed its decision that the security offered to Harry when he was in the UK was adequate. The prince then requested a judicial review, which is currently being processed by the courts.
This ongoing legal battle has been believed to be the reason Harry did not attend the memorial service for his grandfather Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey last month, making him the only one of eight grandfathers. -Philip’s children not to be present.
On the relationship between the royal brothers following Harry and Meghan’s departure from their working royal roles, Brown said The telegraph“Frankly, I think they should have found a way to fix it.”
She added: “Harry and Meghan would have been an incredible asset to the Commonwealth. They didn’t understand that the Queen was giving them this platform of soft power which could have been tremendous if they had done it patiently and strategically. . “
Speaking of Meghan, Brown sympathized with the culture shock she had to endure between the quick and reactionary power that comes with being a Hollywood star versus the restrained voice and agency of a family member. royal.
Brown notes: “I think Meghan felt she could go in there and change everything… Frankly, she could have done a lot to change things if she had stayed, but the most confusing thing is such impatience. She could I spent a year away and I come back with a great game plan.”
Brown draws more than one comparison between how the Duchess engages with the media and her mother-in-law Diana. The magazine’s editor knew Diana’s bag of media tips firsthand, having covered her life in the 80s and 90s. Brown even attended a private lunch with the princess and Anna Wintour a few weeks before her death.
Looking forward to the rest of the Platinum Jubilee year, Brown has turned his attention to Harry’s forthcoming memoirs – in which he is expected to detail his relationships with the family members he now sees so rarely, and of which he and his wife were vocally critical in their Oprah interview.
“William was disgusted by Meghan’s attack on Kate because she can’t respond,” Brown said of claims made to Oprah that the Duchess of Cambridge made Meghan cry before her wedding. “But that’s nothing compared to the furor he’s going to have when this book comes out.”
For Brown, however, the future of the monarchy is not without hope. She feels that the real asset in the years to come will not be Charles, William or Harry but Kate. “Royal affairs are going to be slow, infuriating and self-suppressing,” she summed up, “but it looks like we have in Kate someone very unusual, a modern woman who is ready to do these things.”