JAN MOIR on the biography of Meghan and Harry who set Windsor on fire

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The third day of the excerpts and already many of us are royally eager to find the freedom of Finding Freedom: the new book which traces the desperate flight of a refugee family from the ermine clutches of the British monarchy.

The suffering of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who fled a luxury mansion in Windsor to seek refuge in a luxury mansion in Hollywood via a luxury mansion in Vancouver, is not for the faint-hearted.

Over hundreds of tear-stained pages, writers Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie chronicle the litany of cruelty and oppression the Sussexes endured during their short-term membership in the royal family.

If you have a peeled onion handy, feel free to wave it in front of your eyes as we turn to an early incident, when Prince William was worried his younger brother was rushing through them. things with his new girlfriend.

Brace yourself for bombshell revelations, like the afternoon the Queen was too busy to see the Sussexes and they had to wait for a date like everyone else. On another occasion, the Duchess of Cambridge failed to transport the Duchess of Sussex to stores.

Elsewhere, Meghan once tried and failed to get her sister-in-law’s attention during a service at Westminster Abbey, and there was the unforgettable day Harry was upset to see the comment from a derogatory reader on himself on a newspaper website.

If you have a peeled onion handy, feel free to wave it in front of your eyes as we turn to an early incident, when Prince William was worried his younger brother was rushing through them. things with his new girlfriend.

Harry was furious when William advised him to “know this girl” first.

Well, what’s wrong with that?

Everything, apparently. According to Finding Freedom: “In those last two words, ‘that girl’, Harry heard the tone of snobbery that was anathema in his approach to the world. “

Wait what? It’s hard to see anything pejorative about these loving brotherly concerns, or not to conclude that, based on the evidence so far, the Sussexes’ grievances don’t amount to a hill of half-baked beans.

Harry was furious when William advised him to “know this girl” first. Well, what’s wrong with that? Everything, apparently

To be frank, when it comes to memories of misery, Finding Freedom isn’t exactly about the human spirit’s triumph over adversity. It’s more like the teenage Kevin and Veruca Salt dictating their weak moans to Scooby-Doo and Velma, who then publish their findings under the headline The Secret Diary of Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Mole.

The brooding tone is monstrous and relentless, while their utter emptiness and self-absorption comes as no surprise.

Yet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have always taken pains – enormous pains! – to emphasize how serious they are in their self-proclaimed role of saviors of the world. Not for them the old royal prerogative of gorging themselves on peeled grapes while lying on padded velvet, oh dear me, no.

From the start, they signaled a philanthropic and campaign program they hoped would enrich the planet. They wanted to make a difference, they wanted to change the world – but most of all, they wanted to matter. In royal cloisters or on the world stage, he had to be a serious man, she a woman of substance.

Together they would be a force for good, writing on bananas and so on, insisting that the people should recognize the Commonwealth’s racist past (what?) Or lecture us about our travel choices. To be or not to be? Private jet or no jet? These were the questions.

But now we find out that behind the scenes they did not always lend their voices to those who could not be heard, because they were forever united in harmony in a long howl of childish petulance; an endless growl about the lack of status and respect inside and outside the Windsor House.

Here they carp, they grouse, they seem sorry that their needs and wants always seem to come second, third and fourth among the Queens, Cornwalls and dastardly Cambridges.

The couple feel belittled and neglected, especially since they suspect they are the hot new stars of the spiderweb-covered royal orbit. To that end, they saw every refused request as an act of sabotage, their star power deliberately diluted as they were limited to mundane pageantry.

What did the couple want or expect?

Top billing, it seems. What’s remarkable is that all of Harry’s life and education has been dedicated and calibrated to be a prince. Surely he understands how it works? Surely he could have explained the system to his annoyed new wife?

Primarily, being royal is a form of active service, with ranks and hierarchy so straightforward that schoolchildren across the kingdom understand the line of succession and its importance to the Windsors – and to us.

In Finding Freedom, Meghan is blithely compared to Kate as “a senior member of the royal family and wife of William’s brother”.

Yet Meghan failed to grasp the simple truth that constitutionally she was not quite the equal of her sister-in-law. And it’s nothing personal, nothing racist, nothing sinister, nothing bad. That’s just the way it works when you’re a not-so-happy bride from Windsor.

What's remarkable is that all of Harry's life and education has been dedicated and calibrated to be a prince.  Surely he understands how it works?  Surely he could have explained the system to his annoyed new wife?  Harry and Meghan are pictured above on their wedding day

What’s remarkable is that all of Harry’s life and education has been dedicated and calibrated to be a prince. Surely he understands how it works? Surely he could have explained the system to his annoyed new wife? Harry and Meghan are pictured above on their wedding day

From the pages of Finding Freedom, we learn that the Duchess of Sussex found the royal life ruthless and friendless, not the fairy tale she had dreamed of since she was little.

Here in the Buckingham Palace badlands, her hard-earned Hollywood status didn’t matter – and the overwhelming suggestion seems to be that she and Harry thought it should matter more. Much more.

We can understand their desire to flee. Perhaps they asked themselves this: if we don’t decide what we are worth, who will? But everything they do seems to make matters worse, not better.

Every time they try to wrest control of the narrative, they only expose themselves to more ridicule. Sometimes you wonder if they ever stop to smell the roses or read the play or even consider the deep ignominy of their own situation.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex like to present themselves as a deeply awakened couple who are fashionably concerned with the sins of the past and the turpitudes of history, especially the horror of what came before enlightenment today.

Yet, if they truly believed in all of this, they would be against hereditary royalty in all its forms. They would be ashamed to take their place in such an elitist conspiracy of privilege.

Yet here they are, as sympathetic reporters describe in this laughable book, poking fun at every lackey, brother, or newspaper that failed to respect due deference or give them the esteem and status they held. merit.

They may have found their freedom, but by spreading these ten-cent reproaches they have lost even more respect.

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