PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Don’t Share Your Private Thoughts With Oprah, Megs

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Prince Harry, Prince Philip and Prince William at Twickenham Stadium in October 2015



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Five thousand kilometers away, Meghan must have wanted to be by Harry’s side today everyday as he walks behind the coffin of her beloved grandfather.

How he too must wish that his wife – unable to fly because she is heavily pregnant with their second child – could be here to offer advice and comfort while he cries.

To help him navigate the desperately fractured royal family. To help heal the fracture with her brother William, not to mention Kate.

The Duchess of Sussex will always participate in the mourning. She would make “private arrangements” to honor Prince Philip at his funeral.

Let’s just hope that doesn’t include sharing her innermost thoughts with Oprah Winfrey.

This is the time for silent reflection, not a public declaration of the deep connection she claims to have with Prince Philip, whom she had little time to get to know and probably only met a few times. .

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are interviewed by Oprah Winfrey

I hope for her that she lets discretion be the best part of bravery and does not repeat her very public performance on last year’s Remembrance Day with Harry, when they held their own “private service”. For the dead in a Los Angeles military cemetery. He had been denied the “right” to lay his crown at the cenotaph in absentia.

They don’t have any royal rights now, they’ve given them up for a life of luxury and not a duty in Los Angeles.

And I sincerely hope Meghan doesn’t have a celebrity photographer on hand – like the couple did on Remembrance Day – to capture her ‘private’ grief for the Duke and post it on their website.

His “private arrangements” should remain just that, private.

Our hearts go out to Philip’s immediate family, his children, his grandchildren and his queen.

Is it too much to hope that after Oprah’s inflammatory interview that threw such a cloud over the royal family upon the Duke’s death, the Duchess of Sussex has finally learned that silence can be golden?

Prince Harry, Prince Philip and Prince William at Twickenham Stadium in October 2015

Prince Harry, Prince Philip and Prince William at Twickenham Stadium in October 2015

Someone should point out that “silent” is an anagram for “listen” – and this is the time to listen to senior leaders, understand their pain, and follow Philip’s example of quietly and in support. deprived the monarchy.

How tragic that during her brief stint as a royal she failed to recognize the dignity and power of silence – that less is more, and especially when a family is deeply grieving.

As a Jeremy Vine fan, I was surprised when he said of the funeral that “it will be 30 people who are all white” and asked if that was “a problem”.

What does the breed have to do with this sad occasion? Just let those close to Philip cry.

Why Super Sophie was forgiven

The Countess of Wessex on a visit to Vauxhall City Farm in London

The Countess of Wessex on a visit to Vauxhall City Farm in London

The Countess of Wessex on a visit to Vauxhall City Farm in London

Some wonder why the Duke of Edinburgh was able to forgive Sophie, the Countess of Wessex for her early mistakes in royal life, when it was not Fergie, the Duchess of York.

Sophie fell out of favor in 2001 when she had her own PR firm after a News of the World undercover operation led her to utter shocking indiscretions on politicians and the royal family.

As Gyles Brandreth explained in his extremely personal book published this week in the Mail, Philip believed that Sophie was “settled” and that over the decades she had been a loving wife to her son Edward and the closest of confidants. of the Queen.

Additionally, she has never been pictured topless in a tabloid having her toes sucked off by a man who was not her husband.

Helen will be missed by all of us

Helen had been married to fellow actor Damian since 2007 and shared two children with him - daughter Manon, 14, and 13-year-old son Gulliver (the couple pictured in February last year)

Helen had been married to fellow actor Damian since 2007 and shared two children with him - daughter Manon, 14, and 13-year-old son Gulliver (the couple pictured in February last year)

Helen had been married to fellow actor Damian since 2007 and shared two children with him – daughter Manon, 14, and 13-year-old son Gulliver (the couple pictured in February last year)

How Peaky Blinders actress Helen McCrory died of cancer, aged 52 and with two children, Manon, 14, and Gulliver, 13.

Her husband Damian Lewis said she died “surrounded by peace and love”. Until the end, she fought for her charities, but the family kept her illness a secret. Barely a year ago, I ran into her on the street and said, “You are beautiful.

She gave me that dimpled smile that we will all remember.

As her husband said, “Go now, little one, up in the air, and thank you.

The Associated Press news agency decrees the word “mistress” archaic and sexist, saying it should no longer be used to refer to a woman “in a long-term sexual relationship with and supported by a man married to someone else. ‘other’.

Instead, we should use non-derogatory terms such as “companion, lover, or friend”.

Pretty good, but maybe women whose husbands engage in such affairs might prefer the much simpler and more appropriate term: wrecker.

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Amanda Abbington, 47, reveals that the separation from her 16-year-old husband, Martin Freeman, 49, has taken a terrible toll on their two children.

We have caused them “irreparable damage,” she says, as Martin walks with his new girlfriend, Rachel Mariam, 28.

What a shame for his children that little Freeman does not have the other qualities of Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit he played in JRR Tolkien’s novel – who was said to be hairy and short, but commanding his loyalty.

Lady of the rings

Jennifer Lopez at the NBC / Universal Upfront Presentation in New York City, May 2017

Jennifer Lopez at the NBC / Universal Upfront Presentation in New York, May 2017

Jennifer Lopez at the NBC / Universal Upfront Presentation in New York City, May 2017

Despite declaring lasting love with a £ 3.8million engagement ring, Alex Rodriguez has parted ways with his hapless fiancee Jennifer Lopez amid rumors he has fallen in love with a celebrity star. reality TV.

The crafty J-Lo surely has the last laugh, however – five fiancés, three of whom she married, handed her a total of almost £ 10million in engagement rings between them, including a 1 rock. , 8 million pounds from Ben Affleck.

I hope feminist icon Jen has had the integrity to give it all back to them.

Strictly Come Dancing is desperate to involve one of our Covid scientists in its next series, with an insider claiming Professor Chris Whitty is their main target.

A smart choice to boost their audience figures because, with every cha cha cha, this doomsayer could chant: “Stay home and watch TV, or you will all die.” ”

Westminster Wars

Observers close to David Cameron are not surprised by Lobbygate, in which he bent the Chancellor’s and ministers’ ears to get millions in cash from the state for Greensill Capital, which employed him. There was always something about Dave, an innate belief that privilege and power belonged to him and his few buddies, not the many.

What’s most curious about Senior Official Bill Crothers being a part-time manager of Greensill while receiving a government salary of £ 149,000 to head one of our larger departments is how he found out time for extracurricular activities while being responsible for spending £ 40 billion of taxpayer money.

The girth of Lord (Eric) Pickles, head of the Advisory Committee to Investigate the Jobs of Former Ministers and Public Servants, is a source of great joy. Yet the clearly speaking Pickles has more integrity in one of his chins than the chinless wonders who have benefited from working simultaneously in Whitehall and in the private sector.

As the world’s economies crumble, isn’t there something rather maddening about China posting an astonishing 18.3% increase in economic growth for the first three months of this year? , given that this is the country that gave us the coronavirus in the first place? ?

Kudos to the BBC for not putting on sackcloth and ashes after a record 110,000 viewers complained when EastEnders and other shows were dropped to cover the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.

Give me an hour of the life of Prince Philip over 30 minutes of Phil Mitchell beating the hell out of the people of the Queen Vic any day.

You are what you eat?

Despite huge success as Luther in the TV series, Idris Elba’s character is criticized by Beeb’s head of diversity for “not being black enough” – among other sins, he didn’t eat food Caribbean.

I’m really ashamed because the last time my Jamaican friend Noel and his son came here for lunch we shared macaroni and cheese and spag bowl, at their request.

Next time it’s going to be jerk chicken whether they like it or not.

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