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Watching the many layers of royal family saga unfold

Published:Saturday | March 13, 2021 | 12:13 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

Growing up in England as a history buff during the aftermath of World War II, have always viewed members of Britain’s royal family as a source of entertainment, with a few really tragic events interspersed with mainly comicalones over many decades. Watching Oprah Winfrey’s television extravaganza with Meghan and Harry, it became apparent that their one-sided account of living in the dysfunctional dynasty may have been the entire truth, or somewhat embellished, or even partly imagined. Most probably people in the real world will never know for sure. With my own life-experience of a happy bi-racial marriage that lasted almost a half-century until my wife’s passing, and early boyhood family trauma from a teenage sister taking her own life, can comprehend Meghan’s sensitive remarks around skin-tone and suicide, but will forego comment on those subjects.

On a brighter note, at the very beginning of the interview, Meghan admitted that she hadn’t researched Harry’s family; claiming that growing up in Los Angeles it’s normal to rub shoulders with celebrities, so she figured the British monarchy to be on par to ‘Hollywood Royalty’. That seemed really too ridiculous for words, unless you compare the words of William Shakespeare with the words of the script from a run-of-the-mill television show like Suits, where Meghan was part of the ensemble cast for a few seasons. Much was discussed and many questions left unanswered during the interview, which ended inside a chicken coop with Meghan drawing comparisons between herself and a Walt Disney cartoon character from The Little Mermaid; it would certainly take someone of Shakespeare’s talent and calibre to make this stuff up.

Perhaps the most absorbing part of the entire two-hour extravaganza was the couple’s oft-repeated declarations of craving privacy, and escaping the unrelenting glare of the tabloid media in the UK. Then to sit down with the world’s best-known gossip-monger, who has acquired huge fame and fortune from shining a spotlight on other people’s private lives – was somewhat bewildering, methinks!! Many observers have expressed sympathy for the couple while some expressed resentment, and the media everywhere refer to it as the “bombshell interview”. When Pearl Harbour was bombed in 1941, President Roosevelt referred to it as a date that will live in infamy. Just to put things in perspective here, Oprah’s interview was on a date that came two days before my parrot’s 20th birthday and three days before International Bagpipe Day.

BERNIE SMITH

Parksville, BC

Canada