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JAN MOIR: Check your privilege, Harry, before lecturing us on 'unconscious bias' from your McMansion
With every new development from his Californian base camp, with each fresh initiative that finds him strapping on his trusty crampons of wrath to scale new-found peaks of pique, I worry about Harry. I really do. He's just so furious all the time!
Whatever next for our little lost prince, as he negotiates what he believes to be the grim fairy tale of his so-called life?
This week saw details emerge of the true Sussex mindset as papers were lodged in Meghan's upcoming case against our sister newspaper, The Mail On Sunday.
There were claims that the couple's wedding raised a billion pounds in revenue for the UK; that the Royal Family did not take proper care of the duchess when she was pregnant; that other Royals did things that she was not allowed to do, and so on.
JAN MOIR: With every new development from his Californian base camp, with each fresh initiative that finds him strapping on his trusty crampons of wrath to scale new-found peaks of pique, I worry about Harry. I really do. He's just so furious all the time!
It certainly channels into the victim narrative the pair favour as they repackage themselves for an American audience — but all that is for another day.
It is Prince Harry who concerns me here. Indeed, he should concern us all.
In a very short space of time, the 35-year-old has thrown life as he knew it into the bin, burning all his bridges as he went.
He has abandoned his public and royal duties, his birthright, his military appointments and much of his charity work to rush off to California with the woman he adores and their baby son.
There, he lives beyond his means behind the walls of a soulless McMansion, nestled in the chaparral shrubs high above Sunset Strip.
Among neighbours who star in soap operas or are former wives of long-dead moguls, he abides by the diktats of a wife who appears to be deep in the embrace of a powerful saviour complex — one that appears to have infected him, too.
This week Harry was on the racist hunt, hectoring everyone about our 'unconscious bias' from what looked like the basement corridor leading to the butler's pantry in his new home.
For many of us, a member of the British Royal Family earnestly lecturing the world on white privilege is more laughable than anything else — but Harry does not see the joke.
Or understand the rich seam of irony he seems determined to mine.
We have been here before with the prince, who has previously preached about climate change while taking private jets on the sly, and urged the troubled to talk with professionals about mental health problems while providing little practical advice as to how this could be achieved.
One wonders how all this will play out in America, where the neediest members of society have even less chance of accessing mental health experts than they do in the UK.
In the meantime, behind the walls of their compound, all the Sussexes can do is ride out the pandemic and await the next acceptable bandwagon upon which they can jump together, no doubt holding hands.
This week it was Stop Hate For Profit, an advertising boycott against Facebook to which they offered their support.
In an email to the organisation, they asked which brands they could target on behalf of the pressure group. Please, no.
I imagined Harry, with his years of marinated privilege and his half O-level in geography, getting on the blower to the sleek boss of Coca-Cola or Levi's or Unilever to tell them what they should and should not be doing with their marketing and advertising budgets.
Behind the walls of their compound, all the Sussexes can do is ride out the pandemic and await the next acceptable bandwagon upon which they can jump together, no doubt holding hands.
Cringe! With their sense of self-importance and their billion-pound wedding (ahem), the Sussexes may have left royal life behind them — but they've still got more front than Buckingham Palace.
The Stop Hate For Profit campaign is exactly the sort of fashionable, liberal, problematic, fraught cause to which courtiers from a constitutionally-apolitical institution such as the House of Windsor would advise the Sussexes against touching with a royal bargepole and matching pegs on their noses.
But there is no steadying hand on the tiller now, more's the pity.
The great paradox is that the independent, Stateside Prince Harry needs the monarchy more than ever before.
It is no secret that it is Prince Charles who foots most of the couple's bills, and it is
Princess Diana who posthumously provides much of the goodwill that paves Harry's way to prominence in America.
In the week that would have been his mother's 59th birthday, he gave out awards in her name via a Zoom link.
Even with the best of intentions, using Diana's burnished legacy as part of his own personal marketing plan often feels wrong.
Meanwhile, as part of their plan to become financially independent, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have signed on with the New York-based Harry Walker agency for speaking engagements — the same agency that commands fees of £322,000 for Barack Obama and half that for Bill Clinton.
It is no secret that it is Prince Charles who foots most of the couple's bills, and it is Princess Diana who posthumously provides much of the goodwill that paves Harry's way to prominence in America
With the best will in the world, what is Harry going to say worthy of that kind of cash? His USP is that he was Diana's son and Diana died and that is his trump — no capital letter needed — card. But how long before Americans tire of this?
The nearest thing America has ever had to a royal family of their own was the Kennedys.
And the nearest thing the Kennedys had to a royal prince was John F. Kennedy Jnr, whose own father died in circumstances perhaps even more wretched than Princess Diana's.
But JFK Jnr got on with his life, rather than using the tragedy of parental death as a sympathy prop, a lightning rod, a public barometer of his own feelings.
Although he was later to die in tragic circumstances himself, he did not let it define him.
Maybe one day Harry will do the same. In the meantime, we must listen to his pious homilies and try not to judge — but to understand his quest to conquer the yawning chasm in his soul.
As soon as Harry started ramblng on the other evening, I switched off.
It is ages ago I read anything about Harry and M, I have been ignoring them, what a pair!
I bet HM is worried though, I bet Philip is angry!
Not sure where Charles is in this, I bet he wished he had never met her.
As for William I think he feels he needs to stand up for his brother, sometimes!
Not sure where this will all end.
Yes, have lost all interest in this pair after what I see as a continuing series of hypocritical statements/actions.
Gosh Prince William has very dry skin! Such a young man with so many lines on his face.