It's a classic case of: Would you rather have left it alone? Duchess Meghan has opened the doors of her home to a journalist from the US magazine "The Cut". The result is an unctuous portrait of the 41-year-old that can hardly be surpassed in pathetic kitsch. But from the front.
Two teams have formed in recent years: that of the royal family around Prince William and Co. and that of the Sussexes, Prince Harry and Meghan. So far I've felt more like a part of the second team. The British media's racist tone towards Meghan was so shocking that I could always understand their exit from royal life.
And somehow their coming together was the more exciting love story: She, the self-employed American, who had been earning her own money for years, and he, the elusive prince, who wanted nothing more than to be able to live his life the way he did thinks right.
But Meghan's recent interview robs many of the sympathies that the two have gained in recent years. Why? Because it's just dripping with kitsch. For example, there is the story behind her million-dollar villa in Montecito, California. Which they almost didn't consider because they didn't have any jobs after their royal exit. "We didn't have work so we just didn't want to look at the house. That wasn't possible. It's like when I was younger and window shopping - I don't want to look at all the things I can't afford Meghan tells The Cut. Who does not know it? Luckily, Netflix and Spotify came up with deals for $100 million and $25 million, respectively, and Meghan and Harry were able to snag it for $14.65 million.
Today the world can therefore learn that the two have two palm trees in the garden. "One of the first things my husband saw as we walked around the house were these two palm trees," Meghan gushed in the article. "See how they're connected below? He said, 'Honey, that's us.' And now every day when Archie walks past them, he says, 'Hi mom. Hi dad.'" How much are you rolling your eyes?
Illustrating how well Meghan and Harry work together, she uses a lesson she learned as a child: salt and pepper are always given together. You don't move one without the other. "That's Harry and I. We're like salt and pepper. We always move together." When reading these lines, I somehow had to think of the Queen and Prince Philip and the stoic nature that characterizes the monarch in particular. For more than 70 years, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were like salt and pepper - but they never made such a circus about their love. Kind of refreshing.
But it's not just the kitsch that bothers you when you read it. At some points, the Duchess seems almost megalomaniac. For example, when she remembers an event from 2019. At that time she met one of the South African actors at the premiere of "The Lion King". "I had just had Archie. It was such a cruel chapter. I was afraid to go out," she says. "He looked at me and he was like a light. He said, 'I just want you to know that when you married into this family, we cheered in the street the same way we did when Mandela got out of prison .'" In the article, the author gives in that Meghan knows, of course, that she is not to be equated with Nelson Mandela, who is jointly responsible for the end of apartheid. But why then this anecdote anyway?
As a fan of the couple, the portrait was sobering in places. Above all, Meghan lacks understatement and elegance. The way she emphasizes again and again how great the love between the two is is reminiscent of the cheesiest Schmonzetten. You won't find any humor in the text - which Harry is actually known for. The Sussexes are not only far away from Great Britain in terms of kilometers. Her statements are also ironed-out Hollywood quotes. Would you have preferred to leave it alone?
Source used: "The Cut"
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