Several weeks ago, the Duchess of Sussex did an event at Kings College London for International Women’s Day. The event was a panel discussion between Meghan and several other prominent feminists and women’s rights activists. It was a good event and photo-op save for the fact that Meghan’s dress was too short (sorry, it was). Another reason why the event was interesting? Upon her arrival at Kings College, she was greeted very warmly by Sir Christopher Geidt, the tall bald man in these photos. Geidt seemed super-jazzed to see Meghan, and he greeted her with a very familiar (perhaps overly familiar) cheek kiss. At the time, I suggested that “Baldy is really going in for the kill.” Like, he was shooting his shot with a pregnant duchess. As it turns out, his warmth for Meghan might be a big help in the years to come, because Geidt has been appointed (informally) to “keep an eye” on Meghan and Harry. Oh, he’ll be keeping his eye on Meghan, for sure. From the Daily Mail’s gossip person Eden Confidential:
Having already halted a breakaway bid by Prince Harry and Meghan to create their own household, the Queen has now brought back one of her most loyal lieutenants to ‘keep an eye’ on the ambitious couple. I hear she has quietly appointed Sir Christopher Geidt as her Permanent Lord in Waiting. He resigned as her private secretary after an alleged palace coup two years ago.
‘Her Majesty values Lord Geidt’s wise counsel,’ a courtier tells me. ‘This new role gives him a formal status again.’
It’s a non-political appointment and was made at the Queen’s personal discretion. Geidt will be involved in ceremonial events and greet heads of state, such as President Trump, when they visit Buckingham Palace. Importantly, Sir Christopher will be working closely with the Duchess of Sussex at the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, of which he is chairman. The Queen made Meghan vice-president of the organisation, which she holds dear, earlier this month.
‘This was all part of the plan to introduce the Duchess to royal life,’ explains the courtier. ‘Lord Geidt will be Her Majesty’s eyes and ears.’
As with nearly everything Daily Mail-related, I think this has a purposefully negative and shady slant. I think if Geidt had been appointed to informally help/coach William and Kate, we would be hearing about how the QEII thinks so highly of the Future King and Future Queen that she wanted them to have one of her most loyal and trusted aides as an advisor. That’s how we should see this too – the Queen has “given” several of her most loyal and trusted people to the Sussexes for their temporary use. Besides, I get the feeling that Geidt is already a big fan of Meghan, so he’ll probably be putty in her hands.
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