A modern couple trapped in an ancient lifestyle. Why Prince Harry and Princess Meghan’s resignation means more for British monarchy than it does for the couple.
The royal family has a seemingly impenetrable bubble around the details of their personal lives. Working royal family members aren’t even allowed to maintain their own social media accounts. Instead there are a few main accounts run on behalf of the royal family members that give followers updates. Prince William and Kate’s instagram is @kensingtonroyal and after Prince Harry and Meghan were married they received their own account @sussexroyal. While it does seem a little insane that these high-profile, iconic individuals are not allowed to have personal social media accounts, it’s solely another means of maintaining the “image.” There are also strict dress codes and behavior protocols for every member, even those married into the family, to keep up a respectable public perception of the family. But it is precisely those private details that intrigue everyone outside the gates of Buckingham Palace.
In Prince Harry’s recent interview with James Corden, host of The Late Late Show, he reveals a side of him that we have only gotten to see in a lucky paparazzi shot. Corden, best known for his carpool karaoke videos with A-listers, switched gears for Prince Harry. The two cruised around LA on a double-decker tourist bus, quite the contrary to the chauffeured Bentley limousine or horse-drawn carriage.
Harry’s courage to be open and real dates back to his mother, Princess Diana. It was Princess Di who popped the bubble, in a sense, with her warm approach to her role and royal engagements until her tragic car accident in 1997. Her two sons, Prince William and Harry, continue her legacy of sincerity, compassion, and dedication to serving others. Harry has notably gone more lengths than William to push the boundaries of royalty, but the discrepancy can be blamed primarily on the line to the throne. Prince William is second in line after his father, Prince Charles. Once Prince William and Princess Kate had their 3 children, Harry was bumped down to sixth, so, Harry’s actions do not hold the same weight as William’s, and therefore he had more freedom to step outside the lines.
The British press, which Prince Harry refers to in the interview as “toxic,” attacked Princess Diana throughout most of her time in the public eye, especially through her divorce from Prince Charles.