That's a... novel strategy...

The Half-Blood Princess evidently suffers from a severe irony deficit:

Meghan Markle wants the biography on her and Prince Harry's life to be released sooner rather than later because she believes the book will set the record straight on why they chose to leave the royal family and help give them a clean slate, an insider exclusively told

The upcoming book titled Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is set to be released worldwide online on August 11, with the hard copy on sale from August 20.

But Meghan, 38, wants the publication date bumped up, with a friend explaining: 'If Meghan had it her way, the book would be released tomorrow instead of three months from now.

'She said the book will finally set the record straight and show the world why they were left with no other choice than to leave the royal life.'

Meghan wants readers to understand her life hasn't been a fairy tale, see 'the genuine person that she is' and wants to 'shatter this image of being a demanding diva,' the insider added.


Let's see if we can follow this through logically.

Meghan Markle, the woman who married WAY above her station in life and literally struck gold by catching the fancy of actual British royalty, wants to show everyone that she is NOT a demanding diva, by... acting like a demanding diva and insisting that her publishers push her book out faster.

I'm not saying that this is absolutely the case. It is possible - barely - to read this story as a benign request by a woman and her husband to get their stories out to the public faster.

Unfortunately, that's putting an awful lot of honey on a very sour lemon.

Harry and the Half-Blood Princess have completely squandered the enormous reservoir of goodwill and affection that the whole of the British public, and indeed the entire world, had for them. They marketed themselves as "modern royals" - witness the cover of their proposed book down below - but they singularly failed to understand that the entire raison d'etre of the House of Windsor is not to be modern but to be ancient.

The upcoming book titled Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is set to be released worldwide online on August 11, with the hard copy on sale from August 20

The reason why the Royal Family exists in Britain today is because they are a vital link to Britain's past and a bridge to the nation's future. The British family have a deep and abiding affection for the royals, especially Her Majesty the Queen, because there is an enduring compact between the Crown and the people.

That compact is simple. The British people pay tax money to Her Majesty's Customs & Revenue - their version of the never-to-be-sufficiently-cursed IRS - and a portion of that tax money is then handed over to the Royal Family for their (considerable) expenses.

In exchange, the Royal Family's various official and most important members perform acts of charity and sponsorship, lending their good names and the impeccable "brand" of the British Royal Family - an institution with at least 1,500 years' worth of history behind it - to various causes.

The older generation of Royals is exceptionally good at upholding this agreement. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is - or was, before his extremely advanced age finally caught up with him - the patron of a list of organisations longer than my arm. The Queen, Princess Anne, and Crown Prince Charles are all known for their extremely strong work ethic and their willingness to get things done in the name of all of their many, MANY charitable organisations.

What Meghan Markle evidently forgot, when she married into "The Firm", as it's called, is that an outsider's place in a family as storied and important as that one, has to be earned.

She thought that she could just show up with her feminist attitudes, and platitudes, and get away with being a woke-scold with all of the backing and platform of her newfound fame to spread her message to the world. Unfortunately, that has problem to be a wildly inaccurate assumption.

She did not realise that a lot of the Royal Family's work is basically just highly genteel drudgery.

A lot of the Royal Family's engagements involve standing around in dreary weather - something that England has in SPADES - and cutting ribbons. It's boring, it's not glamourous, and it's absolutely necessary to maintain that link between the royalty and the people.

I know this personally because I once had a very, very distant run-in with Princess Anne herself.

Back when I was in college in London, the dorm that I was staying in was undergoing significant refurbishment and reconstruction. Life in that dorm was distinctly unpleasant for about the first three months because of all of the construction and other nonsense, but eventually the refurbishment work was done in, as I recall, the early spring of the Lent Term of my first year.

None other than HRH Princess Anne herself showed up for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, because she is, or perhaps was, a patron of that dorm and the umbrella organisation under which it sat as part of the University of London, which is just a sort of union of London's most prestigious universities and colleges. (The LSE, Imperial, UCL, Queen Mary's, and so on, are all part of the University of London system.)

I saw Princess Anne from about twenty metres away, standing in a crowd of students watching her. She turned slightly, waved to us, and smiled. And that was that.

This was roughly half a lifetime ago - well, it is for me. That is the kind of work that the royals have to do. I cannot imagine that there is anything particularly fun about it. But Princess Anne does an enormous amount of it - she's widely known as the hardest-working of all the Royals.

That is the kind of example that Meghan Markle was expected to provide. She did not. She thought that she would simply be accepted in with open arms and be allowed to live as she pleased.

This was a foolish notion, to say the least.

It was even more foolish of her to think that the goodwill and fawning press coverage that she had benefited from for so long, would continue without reservation. She should have noted what happened to a certain Kate Middleton, who married Prince Harry's older brother, and who will be the future Queen of England.

When Kate Middleton married Prince William, she was subjected to all sorts of unflattering criticism of her manners, her etiquette, her public personality, her dress sense, her work ethic, and so on and so forth. That continued for years after she married into the family - and she's been part of it for 10 years now.

A lot of that criticism eased over time as she gave birth to a future Crown Prince. That's the way of such things and there isn't much point in getting annoyed or frustrated about it. Good for her that she bore three quite adorable sprogs for her husband and her family - other royal families around the world, especially that of the now-Emperor of Japan, would kill for that kind of fertility.

Prince Harry was never going to be in line for succession to the throne, thanks to his sister-in-law's fecundity and his older brother's quite obvious love of and passion for his wife. (These are VERY good things and as a Christian I thoroughly approve - not, of course, that my opinion on the subject means anything.) Which means that he and his wife would always have been relegated to a second- or even third-fiddle role within "The Firm".

And that is apparently something that a woman with an ego the size of Ms Markle's, simply could not tolerate.

Every opportunity within the last two years that was given to Ms Markle to burnish her public image has been squandered. Every chance for her, and especially her husband, to fix their broken relationship with the public, was blown. Instead, they have shown themselves to be narcissistic, publicity-hungry, jet-hopping hypocrites.

There are, as always, keen and important lessons for men everywhere here.

First and foremost, a man cannot and must not be held responsible for his woman's happiness. To do so would thoroughly destroy the entire basis for marriage, as the lamented and much-missed Dalrock once pointed out. A woman must be held responsible for her own happiness, and if she is unhappy in a relationship or a situation, it is up to her to decide whether she wants to stay or go.

If she decides to stay, then she had damned well better be held accountable to the same rules and traditions and expectations that her husband is.

Second, however, a man must keep his wife in line. If he does not, she absolutely will destroy him and turn him against his own family.

This is an important and very difficult lesson for all of us. Most men, especially those who are not particularly experienced with women, do not understand that women have a strong desire to dominate their men.

This has been evident in the Bible from the very first chapters of Genesis. The infamous curse uttered by the Lord upon Adam and Eve is revealed in all of its horror and glory right here in the story of Harry and the Half-Blood Princess:

As God pronounces judgment on Eve for her part of the transgression in Eden, He says, “Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you” (Genesis 3:16). This verse causes some puzzlement. It would seem that a woman desiring her husband would be a good thing, and not a curse.

The Hebrew phrase in question does not include a verb and is literally translated “toward your husband your desire.” Since this judgment is predictive, the future tense verb “will be” is added for clarity: “Your desire will be for your husband.” The most basic and straightforward understanding of this verse is that woman and man would now have ongoing conflict. In contrast to the ideal conditions in the Garden of Eden and the harmony between Adam and Eve, their relationship, from that point on, would include a power struggle. The NLT translation makes it more evident: “You will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.”

God is saying that Eve would desire to rule over her husband, but her husband would instead rule over her. Replacing the mutually interdependent relationship the Lord had created was a desire for one spouse to lead the other. Sin had wrought discord. The battle of the sexes had begun. Both man and woman would now seek the upper hand in marriage. The man who was to lovingly care for and nurture his wife would now seek to rule her, and the wife would desire to wrest control from her husband.

The lesson for all men is very, very clear: DO NOT be unequally yoked with your woman. If you are pulling in one direction, and she is pulling in another, you will learn, to your fearful cost, the dire consequences for this severe failure of judgement. (I know more than I would ever like to admit about this, from very painful personal experience.)

The marriage between Meghan and Harry is a template for all men of what not to do. It's pretty clear who wears the pants in that marriage, and it is a large part of the reason behind Prince Harry's epic fall from grace. He used to be one of the most widely admired and well-liked of all of the Royals, which is something of an achievement, because the British public generally has a bit of a love-hate relationship with what many of them call "the world's richest welfare scroungers".

Nowadays he is evidently seen with a mixture of pity and scorn by much of the British public. And with good reason.

Gentlemen, do not make the mistake of falling for a STRAWN INDEPENDENTIZ WAMMENZ!!!, no matter how good she looks in a Little Black Dress, no matter how cute her freckled smile is, and no matter how many famous friends she has. It's just not worth it.


  1. you will notice that the picture on the cover of the book is centered on Me-again.

    i should suspect that the interior of the biography will be as well balanced as the cover.

  2. As an American, I don't nderstand the fascination that many other Americans have for the British monarchy. I intellectually understand it, but don't exactly "get" it.

    That said, it's obvious that Canadian diva Markle doesn't get it either.

    The title - "Making of A Modern Royal Family"?

    They're not royals. She just wants to use the royals to make her own "brand."

    Not demanding, or diva-ish at all, right?

  3. Eduardo the Magnificent13 May 2020 at 20:23

    There's a simple heuristic you can use here: if the truth is on your side, you can afford to be patient. It will all come out in the wash, as they say. So why would she be in such a hurry to"set the record straight"? To ask the question is to answer it.


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