What’s Harry going to do?
Published 3:48 pm Tuesday, January 21, 2020
I hardly ever think of the Royal Family. As an American, our attitude toward them was fixed in the late 1700’s. We sort of told King George III, “No thank you, we’ll try to get along without you.”
At the same time, our interest in the pomp and ceremony of the House of Windsor is kindled often with their coronations, weddings, funerals, and, sometimes, their tiffs. It seems that they are having one of those tiffs these days.
Prince Harry, the son of Charles and Diana, had the British Empire right where he wanted. He was handsome, healthy, accomplished as a military man, and had a good job. Then, as the Frank Sinatra song goes, “Then I go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like I love you.” Harry must have spoken those words to American actress, Meghan Markle. They got married and became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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Still, that wasn’t so bad. They had a nice little starter castle named Frogmore Cottage into which they could set up housekeeping. Before you judge their little cottage, let me tell you that the people of the United Kingdom spent almost $3 million dollars renovating their little cottage. I looked at a picture of Frogmore Cottage and it looked like the West Wing of our White House.
Let’s see. Harry and Meghan had a staff of servants and a royal residence, all paid for by the public. Not a bad start for a young couple. Of course, there was a living to earn for Harry and Meghan. Work to do.
I’m poking a little fun at their situations, as you can see, but I’m sure that living in a glass cage, cottage, or castle is not all that easy. At the same time, it’s not the same as punching a clock at a factory or picking peanuts or cotton until 9:00 at night. And the pay is somewhat better.
I don’t know who mentioned it first, but I’m guessing the wife. Harry had grown up in the spotlight and performing royal duties whether he wanted to or not. Actually, he seemed to be having a pretty good time of it.
I wonder if they underwent pre-marital counseling. If so, someone had to mention to Meghan, “Do you know what you’re getting into?”
Now, they seem to want to break away and I think it was their thoughts that grandma, The Queen, would listen and say something like, “Well, you can work part-time.” They misjudged The Queen. They forgot that she has been working at her job for 75 years and doing it to the best of her ability 24/7.
Queen Elizabeth II is part of a royal firm that has been in business for almost a thousand years. As they say, “She has seen it all.” She doesn’t seem to be a whiner and I don’t think she has too much sympathy for a grandson born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
It looks like she has told Harry and Meghan to “hit the road, Jack, and don’t forget to pay the money back.” I think she still loves her grandson and accepts his decision, but you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. That seems quite refreshing.
Don’t worry about Harry and Meghan. They still will have more than you and I and I think Harry has hit the job market at a good time. I’ve got a suggestion.
I read that Taco Bell is considering paying store managers up to a $100,000 a year. It’s an experiment of which Harry can take advantage. Who knows? Meghan might run the register.