Gayle King’s Meghan and Harry plus One is a Markle Show

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Firstly, I have to say that I respected Gayle King, maybe even more than any other journalist at the moment. She is an amazing woman, brilliant and sharp, a great interviewer and reporter, yet I hated the special she did with Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal

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It wasn’t about Harkle, it’s about Meghan, and there was no need to make such a documentary just one year into their marriage. Yes, the baby Archie arrived, and it was a joyous occasion, not a reason for Meghan’s makeup artist Daniel Martin to cry. It is not the time to address the rumors that the Duchess is difficult and that the stuff dislikes her.

We know that some parts of those rumors are true, others aren’t. The same thing happened with every royal wife, so why bother making comments? The most admirable thing about the British Royals used to be “Never complain, never explain.” It doesn’t mean the journalist should dig into their private lives 24/7. It merely states that the British Royal Family is going to do their jobs while staying away from the controversy.

At the same time, the couple wants privacy, but they also want their friends to share their lives. Doesn’t make sense.

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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe – from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.

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That being said, the British tabloids did go overboard with anti-Meghan propaganda, while her PR was working maybe even harder on making her Grace Kelly meets Lady Di. Harry is beloved by the Brits, but it is evident that any woman who marries him won’t be good enough. Getting a special for American journalist and American TV is the opposite of what was expected. Having celebrity friends defend and acting as a constant victim is never going to work with the public. Kate suffered abuse in silence because smiling and respecting the protocol does work.

Even though the documentary is called Meghan and Harry plus One, Harry and Master Archie got roles of the sidekicks. People know everything about Harry, his public life is very well documented, and many parts of his personal life were national stories. Meghan was never A list celebrity, but she is royalty, and that’s not the same. Or at least it shouldn’t be. Modernizing monarchy is a natural process, turning it into a Hollywood, making it more American, goes against the Crown and Americans, who have been free from the Royals since the XVIII century.

Jessica Alba’s role is still a mystery. Turning Meghan into a first black princess is a fairytale because there were and there are many black and biracial princesses and queens. Yes, racism exists, but look at the positive critics Meghan’s mother got. The British press loves her: she always has a friendly smile, she seems humble, and her style is modern, yet charming and original. So instead of going for Hollywood makeover, Duchess of Sussex should be herself, wear more British designers and just let Harry take the lead, not in their marriage, but during official engagements.

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And we get our first glimpse of THE ring. 😍

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Giving official royal reporters nothing, while working with American press can only backfire. As the former first lady Michelle Obama said, Meghan should get to know her new country.

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