Prince Harry taking ‘different approach’ to Queen says expert
The Duke of Sussex spoke to Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast about his hopes for the future and how compassion came to be so central to his and Meghan Markle’s mantra. He said it’s okay if doing good makes you feel good or that there is “a little bit of selfishness there”. The Duke then described how he would like to just do one good deed a day and then be able to relax.
He said: “That’d be a different world. If we’re like, you know what? I wake up this morning. I feel really s***.
“What am I going to do? I’m going to go and help my neighbour and I’m going to come back and then put my feet up and have a really good day. Yeah.”
However well-intentioned this comment was, it has been called out for revealing Harry’s privilege.
Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
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Ms Gripper pointed out that most people have responsibilities like having to go to work to earn their living that Harry seems to have forgotten about.
She said: “It sort of made me laugh and sometimes you do have to check your privilege…
“He was like, ‘wouldn’t it be great if you could get up, do an act of goodness, what a good start to the day, and then go home and put your feet up’.
“Yes it would, but most people have to go to work!”
Podcast host Dax Shepard
Mr Myers then argued that Harry was basically describing what most people think members of the Royal Family do.
He acknowledged that there is actually a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes, but at the face of it, being a royal is just doing nice things and then going home.
The royal editor said: “To be honest, isn’t that arguably what most people think royal life is like?
“You turn up, you open the kid’s centre, you shake a few hands, you might say hello…
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“I don’t think it is like that because I think the royals who do the job are very well-briefed, they do take an interest in their patronages.”
Mr Myers then went on to question Harry’s claim that he has “seen the business model” of the Royal Family and wanted nothing to do with it.
He argued that Harry and Meghan were going to be “front and centre” of a new business model when Prince Charles took over.
He also pointed out that, with a slimmed down monarchy, he would have more say in how that new Firm operated.
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However, Ms Gripper countered that the business model also means that, because public money is used to fund the Royal Family, the public “feel like they own you”.
Due to this, royals have to give a lot of themselves away and don’t have much freedom to do their own thing.
Not only this, but if you marry into the family, the same thing then applies to you and Harry was concerned for Meghan and her wellbeing.
She added that Kate, Duchess of Cambridge has arguably been treated like she is just a wife, mother and clothes horse when she is so much more than that.
This was not the first time Harry has been called out for needing to check his privilege.
Mr Myers previously claimed Meghan and Harry “need a dose of reality” after their interview with Oprah Winfrey in which they complained about having been financially cut off and having their UK security removed.
He pointed out that the pair were immensely wealthy individuals through Harry’s enormous inheritance, plus Meghan’s money from acting in Suits for seven seasons.
Especially in the midst of a pandemic, he argued that not many people would feel sympathy for such rich people complaining about money worries.
The royal expert said: “Where would the sympathy be for a 36-year-old man who is complaining about being cut off financially, who is worth the best part of £30million?”
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