Tom Sykes: The Windsors’ ‘magnificent seven’ branding is already falling flat

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Tom Sykes at the Daily Beast – he’s their Royalist guy – had a very, very interesting piece about Buckingham Palace’s new “Magnificent Seven” branding. The first time I heard that name for the seven royal figures was in conjunction with their thrown-together Commonwealth Day BBC special. The Magnificent Seven are: QEII, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne. They’re all being trotted out for the pre-Commonwealth Day thing to compete with the Sussexes’ Oprah interview. We’ve heard before about Buckingham Palace’s scramble to try to rebrand the working Windsors following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s exit, but the problem has always been that the remaining working royals are dull and free of charisma. They desperately needed Meghan and Harry’s sparkle and glamour. Sykes’ point – and he uses quotes from other people to make that point – is that the Sussexit represented the monarchy’s fundamental inability to modernize, and that inability will lead to their demise. Some highlights:

The British monarchy “is a patient that is sick and has long been getting sicker.” The arrival of Harry and Meghan on the scene promised a dusting of humanity and glitter to distract the punters from the essential absurdity of a 21st-century monarchy, not to mention its irrelevance to their lives. Their untimely departure has only served, however, to reveal the royal establishment’s dire, possibly terminal, condition in an even starker light. Senior courtiers’ and aides’ answer to this, so far, seems to be that they will throw the other royals at the problem.

The stupidity of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ branding: Critics would say it’s harder to think of a paler and staler representation of Britishness. And it’s not entirely clear whether William and Kate fancy the rest of their lives being a never-ending treadmill of opening civic centers and gyms. They have long been criticized for their lowly work rate, which tends to hover at around 150 public engagements per annum (this sounds quite a bit, until you factor in that they’ll often do three or even four engagements on one day).

Crisis management: Mark Borkowski, the British crisis management veteran who has a longstanding fascination with the branding of the royals, told The Daily Beast that the departure of Harry and Meghan need so be seen in the context of “the bigger question” which is what happens when the queen dies. When things have gone wrong for the royals in the past, he pointed out, it has always been the queen who has “put everything back on track.” Charles, who is not held in the same affection or respect, won’t be able to do that as easily.

Young people don’t care about the Windsors: Borkowski also says, “The William and Harry project was shaping up to be something that was presenting royals in a touchy feely way. Harry and Meghan’s departure accelerates, to a young and mobile audience, the impression that the monarchy cannot truly modernize.” Borkowski does not see the monarchy, which has “an inbuilt ability to protect itself” falling, but he said it risks becoming a “heritage brand.” Meghan and Harry’s departure should be “a wake-up call” to the monarchy to start thinking how it can stay relevant. It is time to start thinking about the future again, and, he suggested, “the future is Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.”

Robert Lacey agrees that the monarchy is in significant danger: “We have already seen a coming to the fore of not just Prince George but of all the Cambridge children. Two years ago, I suspect that William and Catherine would never have foreseen their children being interviewed on television at such a tender age, albeit in the context of a friendly chat with ‘Uncle’ David Attenborough. They probably would not have imagined putting their children on Instagram either, but needs must…. Prince Charles’ vision of the slimmed-down monarchy depended on his two sons with their wives and families providing the twin pillars of the monarchy—to the exclusion of the various Kents and Gloucesters and Yorks. The departure of Harry and Meghan has left a big gap to fill.”

[From The Daily Beast]

When you think about it, the Windsors find themselves in a perfect storm of self-defeating crisis. The Queen is too tone-deaf, tunnel-visioned and set in her ways to change. Charles has spent his entire life fearful of being forgotten and overshadowed, so he can’t stand when other people in his family shine brighter than him. William and Kate are lazy, petty and vindictive, and they could not stand it when they were so easily overshadowed by Harry and Meghan. None of this is a branding issue, it’s all a dysfunctional (even psychologically abusive) family issue, and one which has no simple answer. So… I mean, it’s going to get so interesting in the next decade. Whew.

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  1. kelleybelle says:

    Well what a shocker. Not. Everything they try henceforth is going to fail because they’re not Harry and Meghan. And they hate that. Enjoy, Great Britain. This is what your future king did with the help of the press. Nice going. The end.

    Note: The first photo here is at Harry and Meghan’s wedding. None of his own family seems to even know where to look.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Oh I do love when Karma bites. This is what you get when a bunch of low talent insular, navel gazing people fail to keep up with the times and don’t appeal to any one in this social media and social conscious age. Hence the shouts of overshadowing, branding, rebranding etc It’s interesting watching them fail at every turn.

      • kelleybelle says:


      • Joan Rivers says:

        Yup! They think the times are supposed to keep up with THEM! They’re in a bubble and clueless to what it’s like to be in the real world.
        And Will and his wife overestimate their charm drastically! Sure, the kids get press, but the public may lose interest and pull support once the Queen and her oldest fans are gone.
        They’re one royal scandal away from change, I think. Who wants to give the royals so much money for so little in return?

    • Lexistential says:

      Everything they try to do *emulating Harry and Meghan* will fail especially because they’re NOT Harry and Meghan, but the horribly dim, tone deaf, stuck-in-their-ways narcissist bunch that they are.

      I look forward to the flailing and decline.

    • Size Does Matter says:

      Wait, tell me Kate didn’t wear white to H&M’s wedding.

      Paler and Staler, lol. Very fitting.

      • FicklePickle says:

        No, Kate didn’t wear white, she just wore a yellow so pale it is at times impossible to distinguish from white…which is honestly FAR more bitchy and attention-seeking than if she had just worn a lily white dress and hat.

        Like, if she had actually worn white then all we’d be saying is ‘MAAAJOR faux pas there, Duchess’ and moved on. But because she wore absurdly-pale-yellow-that-frequently-photographs-as-white-but-isn’t-actually-white basically the entire gossip-sphere spent WEEKS at the time debating whether or not it was too close to white, with the occasional outbreak of arguments again YEARS later.

      • swirlmamad says:

        She wore some optical illusion dress that her stans insisted was pale yellow, but whatever it was it was light enough that it easily passed as white. Wearing a white dress to another woman’s wedding screams “I’m insecure, look at me!”

  2. Kalana says:

    I will say this for the Palace pr: having a church service the same day, pushing the Philip is in the hospital story while promoting the Covid vaccine and thanking people, and mostly staying away from running to the press (compared to how they behaved during the birth certificate story) is the best they can do right now for themselves. Some of the grey men over there have finally removed their heads from their rear ends.

    • Couch potato says:

      I highly dobt the palace is behind this. Just wait for the desperate articles/attempts trying to show them off as anything but pale and stale. This could actually be entertaining.

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        Well they kind of started with Baldilocks calling to an end of racism of football. It didn’t go down well.

    • Isabella says:

      I have the opposite feeling. The Phillip is dying trope is just awful and ludicrous. Harry criticizes the press. What do we get? Look at Meghan! She’s killing Philip!

      The church service is dull. The vaccine effort could be done any time.

  3. newmenow says:

    Wonder if Princess Anne ever thinks about telling off W&K?
    Anne is about 70, and has done a bajillion times more royal public work in her lifetime vs. W&K. If I were her, I give them an ear chewing.
    “You 2 get off your royal backsides and get to work, I’ve done my bit and more.”

    If the BRF and The Firm goes out of business after QE passes, how many excellent hat makers will be bankrupt also? That would be a shame, were else do we ever see big fluffy, flowery, feathery hats like these? Makes me think of Easter and Springtime.

    IRL, I wear almost all black, boring biz suits. I wish I had someplace I could wear a fab hat like the pink feathery job CPB has on. lol
    This is what it’s come too for me, click, read = makes me cranky. Oh! Hats! 🙂
    Have a good day CBers.

    • Yoyo says:

      Why would Anne rock the boat, her children are living off the Royal purse via her.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Anne has probably given them a talking-to already. She’s even alluded to it in interviews. It just went in one ear and out the other.

      Don’t worry, the British and European aristocracy will keep the hat industry flourishing.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      I remember reports of Anne going off on Kate at one of the Christmas day parades a few years ago. It was rumoured to have been because Kate and her mama were caught leaking to the press. Not sure how true that is though.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        It was heavily speculated Anne was behind an article claiming that Kate was “very grand” to always wear the fanciest clothes and large diamonds and jewels all the time when the situation called for minimal. That is was desperate new money and tacky.

        Anne has complained before. She’s not above it.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think she was trying to get that across about W&K in her vogue interview – where she made the comments about not reinventing the wheel for royal work, etc. I thought it was shade at the Sussexes at the time but looking back I think it was aimed at the cambridges and their lack of work, their insistence on fewer patronages, etc.

      • Betsy says:

        I always thought it was about William and Kate, but I’m glad to have more company. I don’t think the Royals dislike the work that Harry and Meghan were doing, they just believe in the hierarchy over all.

        But I think William and Kate’s near total lack of work is wearing thin.

      • Nic919 says:

        It was William who proposed the whole “focus on a few big projects” years ago and none of it really panned out with results, so I could easily see Anne being critical of that as she churns out around 500 engagements a year and shows up prepared.

    • Mila says:

      Anne doesn’t care, her children are out, she just does her thing. She just side eyes them and focuses on her own.

    • Beth says:

      You don’t need royals to view an array of hats. Come to Ascot that’s where the hat exhibitionists parade during the horse racing

      • Oya says:

        I so want to do that some day. Actually I prefer the Kentucky derby. I will go one of these days looking all fancy in a hat.

  4. Chaine says:

    First thought, Ominous indeed for those three little ones, a future of having their childhood and teen years packaged for consumption. Harry was right to take his family out of that. Second thought, has anyone considered that after the Queen is gone, Charles in Charge might try to lure them Harry and Meghan to the fold by restoring patronages and whatnot?

    Now to say something nice, the picture of Charles and William looks like a moment of genuine affection.

    • Cecilia says:

      Ive always maintained that charles very much wants harry and meghan to be part of the working royals. I also think he genuinely likes meghan. Don’t forget that charles is actually quite a bit of a liberal, which is why a big part of the tory press doesn’t like him. I will also say that he is spineless and remains mute and inactive in times that needs strong leadership. The reason why he never came to h&m defense is probably because he was scared for his own public image.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Charles will never rock the boat with anyone that could hinder her wealth or power. He does work and makes claims which are socially liberal, yes. But beyond that… ?

      • Beth says:

        But he would’ve earned a lot of public respect for that. It would’ve gone down in history as one of his legacies had he come forward to support Meghan.

      • North of Boston says:

        Instead, Charles’ legacy is going to go down to “would’ve, could’ve, should’ve”

    • Lemons says:

      If H&M are able to continue making $$$ for their patronages, I’m sure Charles will be looking to add them on part-time. It’s pretty clear that they don’t need to be in the US or the UK to be effective in their collabs.
      The only problem I see with this is that they will overshadow Charles unless he works with them and alongside them. And they will DEFINITELY overshadow the Keens, and I’m not sure Charles is looking for that heat.

      • Bloemheks says:

        @Cecilia I could see him giving the Commonwealth Trust back and having them focus on work overseas.

    • Amy Too says:

      Yeah I also get a very yucky feeling about the way the press is already claiming those kids as the future and saviors of the monarchy who need to be pushed forward.

      It’s pretty indicative of your horrible brand and horrible family when you have to constantly say “yeah, I know we suck now and we’ll suck when the next generation is in charge, but in 40 years it’s going to be awesome!” And now they’re taking it even further: “sure this generation is boring and you only respect them bc they’ve been around forever and it’s a boring comfort, and yeah the next generation is awful and everyone actively hates them, and maybe the third generation is also not that great since they’re boring and lazy and super repressed, but think of the fourth generation! That’s where it’s at! The fourth generation literally consists of children in elementary/grammar/nursery school and it will be maybe 60 years before we get there, but that’s where it’s at!!”

      We suck now, we will suck in phase 2, we will suck in phase 3, but maybe phase 4 will be good! They thought phase 3 was going to be so good and now they’re admitting that it’s actually not. Maybe you can’t just keep pinning all your hopes on literal children who will not be in charge for over half a century and then raise those children exactly as you raised their parents and grandparents and great grandparents: you know, in the way that ruined them and made them suck.

      • UptownGirl says:

        @ Amy too, yes, they such throughout the entire line! The thought that they should start trolling the public with George and Charlotte now is ridiculous!! It will require her Keen Laziness to actually go out with them because we are certain that PWT will not take charge of his children, god forbid!!
        The fact of the matter is that they cut their noses off to spite their face and they know it! They have lost the brightest and most gracious stars of the BRF and they are left with 2 undesirable lumps of coal. The fact that they count zoom calls as actual duties carried out is ridiculous!!
        Once the TQ is gone, there will be a mass exodus of many countries, which I would imagine would include Canada.

    • Susan says:

      Diana history and Camilla stuff aside, I think Charles’ greatest flaw is that he is a grade A wimp. I find myself speculating too about his real feelings about Harry leaving, Meghan “tungsten,” etc., and the problem is…whatever he may or may not really feel, why does this senior citizen future king not have the moral fortitude to stand up for SOMETHING/SOMEONE. Like honestly, at this point, I’d respect Charles if he at least stood for something, even if he said something I didn’t like or agree with. Just say SOMETHING. It doesn’t bode well for the future of the monarchy in my opinion. Petty Betty may be, well, petty, but hell, at least she has the guts to voice her opinion.

      • Lexistential says:

        I think Charles is terrified of the press. He does not want the vitriol of the Diana years back, and he also invested whatever good social capital he has to build up Camilla. He won’t stand up for Harry and Meghan openly because he won’t risk letting himself or Camilla get sucked into the new vitriolic narrative around Harry and Meghan.

      • Betsy says:

        Does she? So rarely do we actually hear any of these people’s words from their own mouth.

      • MerryGirl says:

        It’s been said that outside of her annual Christmas Day speeches, Petty Betty has only had 5 public addresses to her people in her 69 year reign so I don’t know where you get that she voices her opinion.

      • Susan says:

        As much as I didn’t LIKE her opinion about the H+M fiasco, I felt her opinion was clear. Charles, in my limited view, has said nothing.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Charles may try, but I have a feeling he’ll fail miserably. There’s just something in the way Harry’s been speaking about his family lately that makes me think the Sussexes will completely shut the door when Charles becomes king.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think now that he’s out, he’s not going to want to go back. I’m sure there’s a big part of him thinking, “wait, so I can just book an appearance on a tv show and I dont have to run the schedule past anybody? Wait, I can just do the work that I want, when I want, with the press and organizations that I want?”

        He really has found freedom* and I dont think he’s going to go back, even for his father, if we assume they are still on good terms.

        *I always thought that title from Omid was cheesy but I think it’s becoming truer every day.

    • HeyJude says:

      Once Charles is in charge (LOL) and if he remains alive to that old enough an age I could see Harry and Meghan coming back of their own accord once their children are of legal age. Because they do earnestly want to make an impact on the world and the RF has a huge platform and state resources. They can go places private citizens just can’t as far as helping.

      But it would most definitely be just Harry and Meghan though, they won’t put their kids in that environment. Once they’re out of the nest and off to college, that’d be an opportune time.

      And I’m sure if they ever return they’ll have a limited engagement. Mostly just traveling back to just to do the outreach work, then return home. They’d probably demand some press limitations as well as a condition to shut down any abuse.

      • CC2 says:

        @heyjude i disagree tbh. William is Harry’s big problem. Charles’ reign will be short given his old age and I don’t think the Sussexes want to deal with King William, or even POW William with duchy money. I don’t know if they’ll ever be a big reconciliation.

    • dc says:

      “the future is Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.” Er no. I’m old enough to remember when “experts” said the future was Prince William when he was still a child. Charles was then going through his tantrum phase with Diana in public & tampongate. And there was talk of skipping Charles & crowning William King instead. Then William grew up and blossomed into a dullard and chose an appropriately boring wife. Why would their children turn out any differently? Once Prince George has gone through the RF mill and become an adult, I doubt there’ll be much appetite in UK to continue paying a huge chunk of tax payers money to a very rich family to cut ribbons! Also time for the Queen and Prince Charles to come clean on the extent of their private wealth.

    • Wadsworth the Butler says:

      Charles has recently used major family milestones to consolidate his power, and Philip’s passing (whenever it occurs) will be no different. That probably does not bode well for Jason Knauf. His fingerprints are all over a lot of bad headlines, and he’s not quite “one of them.” That’s an excellent CV for a scapegoat. When the dust finally settles, someone will have to take the blame for this entire debacle, and it certainly won’t be William.

  5. Lauren says:

    I mean really, who really thought that a man who is 70 years old, his royal mistress (like in the olden days), his incredibly dull brother (and dull wife) and his son who has anger management problems and his doormat daughter in-law were going to be great companions to a 94 year old petty woman? The whole thing is surreal. How can it appease younger generations? Thinking about the children specially is dumb because we are talking at least 14 years before the becomes a working royal. Do they really have that much lifeline? I really doubt the monarchy will outlive Charles.

    • Nina Simone says:

      So true! I laughed at this comment. It really is absurd isn’t it?

    • Steph says:

      Down thread I said they slimmed themselves out of relevance but it seems they slimmed themselves out of existence. By the time the kids come of age they’ll be down to only 5 working royals. Maybe they should go for baby #4.

    • Lady D says:

      LOL I read doormat as dormant.

    • HeyJude says:

      TBH The best thing that could happen to the monarchy would be Charles getting it soon and having it for a few years, and something happening that would make William becoming king impossible. Some kind of corruption scandal or abhorrent behavior they couldn’t ignore and would be disqualifying, so he’d have to abdicate. And causing the need for Harry to become regent until George was of age.

      It’s a pipe dream but it’d be the best thing that ever happened to the monarchy in modern times.

  6. Couch potato says:

    Ooof, someone’s being honest for a change! I bet the courtier won’t show this article to the queen!

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I had the same vibe. Tom Sykes is actually stating the full truth that everyone, except the BRF, if fully aware of.

      • Couch potato says:

        Sofia mentioned the aristos further down here. Wouldn’t surprise me if “the magnificent 7” has caused quite a lot of laughtet in those circles. The RF and the courtiers must live in a bubble completely unaware of how the world works and how most people think.

  7. atorontogal says:

    Meh…without Harry and Megan they are vanilla pudding. Stale dated vanilla pudding.

    • L84Tea says:

      Not even the cold section pudding. They’re the icky middle aisle/baking section/room temperature pudding.

    • Ann says:

      They are like plum pudding. Or fruit cake. My mother used to make them for Christmas. Then she would put them in the freezer, and the next year thaw them out and put some kind of alcohol on it (brandy?). A couple of times my father also set flame to the plum pudding. That’s how stale the Royal Family is. They need liquor and flame to make them palatable.

  8. Yoyo says:

    There was a funny story about Cain visiting a school, and a 9?? year old asked who he was, and another kid, told him Harry’s brother.
    Harry has the best qualities of his parent, unfortunately for Cain he displays their worst qualities, lying, cheating, jealousy, snobbery and vindictiveness.

  9. Mac says:

    I don’t get why the younger royals are so opposed to bread and butter events. If wearing a fancy dress, cutting ribbons, and shaking hands qualified as work, I’d be all in. My job is really hard and often exhausting.

    • Suze says:

      Right? I’m involved in our local chamber of commerce, and the ribbon cuttings that we do for new businesses are great! (Pre-COVID, obvs.) If I could dress up, make small talk, and pose for pictures all day I’d be all in.

    • Cecilia says:

      I think that pre-meghan that would’ve been fine and completely acceptable. Hell, i think that that’s even what william and kate had in mind when they started as full time royals. But then came meghan who basically started working since it was announced she and harry were engaged. You can’t have the newbie putting out effective projects for charity while the royal veteran (kate) only shakes hands and unveils plaques. Not only that, with meghan came new scrutiny and that scrutiny was kind of also placed on william and kate. They have no choice but to work. And im positive they loath it.

      • Becks1 says:

        I dont think Will and Kate ever wanted to do bread and butter events the way Anne does. That’s why they keep coming up with these big initiatives like the Early Years Project or Heads Together (initiatives that are a lot less impressive than they sound but they can get a lot of mileage out of them.)

        They should do bread and butter events, they’re not good at those big initiatives, and they should have left the big projects to Harry and Meghan who ARE both very good at them. That way they would win for the numbers game each year (since Meghan never seemed to care about that) and get positive press for that while H&M do the heavy lifting for the big stuff.

        The issue is really your last sentence about them loathing working. that was their issue. they dont want to work.

      • Lauren says:

        They didn’t do them even pre-Meghan. There was that year that Kate didn’t go to hand out the shamrocks to the Irish guards because they couldn’t seriously expect her to do it EVERY year, even though it had been a tradition to have a female member of the family do it. They said at one point that they wanted to do bigger things hence the heads together umbrella project that would allow them to deal with multiple charities at one time, but then again nothing happened with heads together. Like nothing is happening with anything else the Cambridges do.

    • Nic919 says:

      William and Kate didn’t want to do the bread and butter from day one and so they used the part time nonsense and the promise of big projects that never materialized as their excuses. They have always been lazy. It’s simply that Meghan arriving and actually hitting the ground running with projects made their laziness more obvious.

  10. STRIPE says:

    Pale and Stale is a great description of the BRF.

    Also, 150 events doesn’t seem like a lot even if they did 1/day. The rest of us work significantly more then than, in the US around 250 days/year. What I wouldn’t give to only have to work 150 days/year!

  11. Kelly says:

    1) queen
    2) Charles
    3) Camilla
    4) Anne
    5) Edward
    6) Sophie
    7) William
    8) Kate

    …how are 8 people the “magnificent 7”? What am I missing?

    ETA: ahh, it doesn’t include Anne. Gotcha!

    • Yoyo says:

      Edward is missing from the Commonwealth Speech, sometimes people forget he is the Queen’s fourth child.

      • February-Pisces says:

        Yep, Charles is the heir, Anne is the girl one, Andy the nonce and Edward….Who???

    • Couch potato says:

      Either they can’t count that far, or maybe the queen isn’t included? She’s the one who sends her “magnificent 7” out to woo the world.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      “Magnificent 7″ does not include QEII. When Charles III hits the throne it will be the Super Six if he keeps Edward & Sophie Wessex as full-time working Royals.

    • TALK ABOUT GOING HOLLYWOOD —— They had to throw Anne out of the equation, because who ever heard of the Magnificent 8? Oh right, The Firm is above referencing Hollywood.

      • SnowQueenM says:

        If they’re looking to Hollywood for inspiration, “the Hateful 8” is right there and ready to be used. It has the added bonus of being true!

    • Carolind says:

      HMEII is not one of the Magnificent Seven. Anne is. As for Edward he is Prince Philip’s favourite son which has always surprised me a bit. Philip always thought Charles a wimp though and was never keen on Andrew, maybe because Andrew was always the Queen’s favourite son.

      Philip stood by Edward when he left the Marines though and made a point of walking to Church with him the next Sunday morning. He apparently calls Edward Ed and plonks the occasional kiss on his head – or did years ago!

  12. Cecilia says:

    Well who could’ve seen that one coming…….

    Literally everyone except the windsors and their stupid courtiers. If the queen cared about her grandson all she has to do is put out 1 statement condemning the press and they will stop. And if she would have done that sooner then harry and meghan might still be working on her behalf and they would not be facing this problem right now. Stupid people

    Also, seems like tom is jumping ship

    • Sofia says:

      Tom isn’t jumping ship because he was never really on the ship in the first place. He’s made it clear in the past that he’s not a massive Cambridge or Sussex fan (for different reasons yes) or even a general Windsor fan.

      Which is in line (from what I’ve read) with what the aristocracy thinks of the Windsors.

      • Couch potato says:

        Ahh, aristos! This is the more direct version of tatler’s kate the great story.

      • Cecilia says:

        The fellow aristo’s kiss the windsors feet with exception of kate and meghan because they are obviously not part of the fold. They especially follow the queen like sheep.

      • Emily says:

        One thing I enjoy about Tom Sykes’ articles is how bitchy he is about every single person that he covers.

      • Sofia says:

        @Cecilia: Not quite. The aristos respect the crown and the monarchy but not the people themselves.

    • Nic919 says:

      Sykes is the one who confirmed it was an earl’s daughter who mentioned the Rose affair to him, so he was never on the side of the Cambridges. He’s also critical of the Sussexes for the general aristo establishment reasons.

  13. Sofia says:

    And out of the “Magnificent 7” (which is actually 8 people by the way), 4 of them (HM, Charles, Camilla and Anne) are senior citizens and 2 of them don’t work so that literally leaves Sophie and Edward who aren’t interesting enough to the public/media nor can they be the only ones actually working while waiting for the Cambridge kids to start working and when the older generation looks towards retirement or death.

    • Becks1 says:

      I dont think they’re considering Anne, which is funny to me. She was probably like, nope, not being a part of this mess. I’m just going to do my work.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Actually, I think QEII is not part of the “Magnificent 7″ as she was not part of the ‘Fab Four”.

      • Becks1 says:

        yeah but the fab four did not include Charles either. And there was an article about it a week or so ago and Anne was specifically not mentioned as part of it. like it wasnt just an accident, it was a clear omission.

        At any rate, its bad branding if people cant figure out who is even IN it lol.

    • Yoyo says:

      Someone on a British morning show called Sophie a Ford Festiva when comparing her to Meghan, can’t remember the car they called Meghan.

      • Becks1 says:

        Lamborghini! And I think that was a really apt description. She’s fine in the eyes of the royal reporters and royal watchers. She’s just fine. She’s boring, but nonoffensive for most. She’s a ford fiesta. Meanwhile Meghan was the expensive sports car that everyone focuses on when its nearby.

    • Amy Bee says:

      The Royal Family is really trying to make something happen with Sophie. But it’s not working.

      • Sofia says:

        She’s been married to Edward for over 20 years now. If it hasn’t happened in that time, it’s not going to happen now.

    • Nic919 says:

      I have started to see MAGA 7 on Twitter and it never fails to crack me up.

  14. AVEA says:

    I know it’s the branding but it’s hilarious to me that they are going for “the Magnificent Seven”. There’s nothing magnificent about any of them, except maybe the Queen, who is, well, The Queen. Meghan and Harry took all the sparkle they had and now they are left with the dusty old boring ones. Of course this plan is falling flat, it never got off the ground in the first place

    • molly says:

      They tried it though, with all the senior royals meeting Will and Kate off the train. Everyone posed together all stiff and important to introduce a new (non-H&M) era… that never, ever went anywhere.

      If they want to make this magnificent seven happen, now is the perfect time to start cross-promoting the group during virtual events. The press loves it when there’s a cross-over event. Even moreso if there’s a little familiarity and warmth. Get William and Charles together to chuckle at dad jokes. Let Edward be goofy with Kate to get him some press. Maybe this Commonwealth thing this weekend will have some of that, but I don’t understand why they don’t even try to be more interesting and relevant.

      • Dee Kay says:

        They don’t have it in them. They don’t know how. They have neither the charisma nor media savvy nor intelligence. H&M have those things in spades and it’s clear no one else in the family does.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        The photo of the Malevolent 7 from that event looked so drab and forlorn. Perfectly fitting for the lot of them.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Molly, the only thing that happened after that sad photo op is that William, Kate, Edward & Sophie got themselves even more bad PR — since it was right after the Covid Express — by breaking the rules AGAIN and meeting up at that Christmas light show, and then as a defense, all feebly claiming that they didn’t know the others would be there. Off to a magnificent start indeed 😂

  15. Becks1 says:

    They definitely lost big-time when H&M left, and its their own stupid fault.

    I dont think the monarchy is going to end any time soon, but I do think its going to look very different in terms of funding and legal protections by the time William is king.

    • L84Tea says:

      I could live with that. I also don’t think the monarchy is going anywhere anytime soon, but I could easily see it being slimmed down to fewer members living off the purse, which could also mean royal properties disappearing. I would simply love to see them be less rich and have to work harder for what they have.

    • SarahCS says:

      Yeah if we can stop paying for them I can live with them hanging around and doing what they like.

  16. Amy Bee says:

    I see no lies here. I haven’t thought about it before but the reason why Kate was so angry at the Commonwealth Day Service was not because they were pulled from the procession, it was Harry and Meghan leaving meant that her children would have to be drafted into service a lot earlier than she thought. Harry and Meghan was supposed to provide protection to William and Kate’s children from the press for as long as possible. Too bad they didn’t think about that before they decided to smear Harry and Meghan.

    • Bettyrose says:

      I have a colleague who is California born and raised but she married a titled Brit and, even though they continue to live in California where titles aren’t a thing, she orders people around like servants. And I swear her mean streak is only rivaled by her insecurities about herself. I think I might have some insight into what dealing with Kate is like.

      • UptownGirl says:

        @ Bettyrose, I feel sorry for those who must put up with her. Why do people feel the need to put people down? I know it’s their own insecurities, but f#ck, it doesn’t cost you anything to be decent!

    • windyriver says:

      Sorry, have to disagree here. IMO, Kate’s expression and behavior at the CW service was very much in the moment; she was pissed at being pulled from the procession, but also, that Meghan arrived wearing that dynamite caped green dress, which made Kate’s Irish flag cosplay from the tour a few days previously look like amateur hour.

      And while very possibly Kate realized the children would have to be in public sooner than she would have liked, this wasn’t new information, they had known for weeks that Meghan and Harry would be gone. On top of that, once H&M’s departure was finalized, Kate also must have realized SHE would have to do more work in the very near future, and it’s just as likely she was unhappy about that before anything else involving the kids.

      • L84Tea says:

        That was a BAD weekend for Kate for a lot of reasons.

      • UptownGirl says:

        @ windyriver, yup!! Plus Kate was furious that H&M were well received and no one could beat how fabulous Meghan looked, she was on fire during the entire farewell tour!! Even in the rain when she wore that dynamic teal ensemble, she looked magnificent even as the rain came down. Let’s be honest too, the way Harry looks at Meghan is true love!! He looks at her with admiration, devotion, compassion and happiness!! I don’t think PWT ever looked at Keen that way, possibly on their wedding day, possibly.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think both are true – I think one of the reasons Kate was pissed at Sussexit in general was because she knew it would mean more work for her and the press would focus more on her kids – whether her kids actually start royal work earlier than they would have otherwise, only time will tell – but they are going to have to start trotting them more than they might want to (I know we would always see the kids occasionally, but the press is going to want more than the occasional pic every 6 months.)

        But I think the reason she refused to even talk to them was because of the processional and she had been outplayed by Meghan in a major way that weekend – that green dress alone made Kate’s Irish wardrobe look frumpy and out of date. Remember we saw Kate papped that weekend buying books in a blue coat we had never seen before. She was mad at the iconic rain photo, she was made that Meghan won the fashion game that weekend, she was mad at the clip of the girl being excited over seeing Meghan (the school girl who was like, “I thought it was going to be kate but then realized it was MEGHAN!!!!!!!”) – she was just mad. And the processional and then the instantly iconic green dress were just the final straws and Kate let her true self show.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        Agreed @windyriver. I’m sure she was looking forward to the procession to at least have *something* to lord over Meghan after the latter came out in so many fabulous outfits throughout that week. Also, even in the Tatler article, her children only got a brief mention (the “throwing under the bus” claim) regarding Sussexit. The emphasis was all about how exhausted and resentful Kate was.

      • ennie says:

        I think she loves that the pandemic came, then. Yayyy well, choo choo covid train be damned

      • @Uptown, I don’t even think William looked at Kate lovingly on their wedding day. As Kate walked the aisle towards the altar, William’s back was turned; didn’t even bother to turn around to see her coming towards him. It was Harry who turned, checked out Kate, whispered something to his brother (maybe about he was in for a surprise ‘cuz Kate was pretty on her wedding day). What kind of husband-to-be is that! Couldn’t even look at his bride on their wedding day at that ! This is beyond me. It was so telling. Very unlike Harry on his wedding day. You can spot the difference right away.

      • MerlinsMom1018 says:

        Said it a million times and will say it a million more…Meghan’s green dress was EVERYTHING and girlfriend knew it…and so did kate

    • Nic919 says:

      If William and Kate didn’t want their kids to be working royals they would not have given HRHs to any of them. They didn’t need to do that but they want the status and were hoping the work wouldn’t come their way. Had they been more supportive of Meghan and Harry then perhaps they would have had part time help until the kids are older. But William didn’t want that so frankly Kate should be mad at her husband.

      Kate looked bitchy because her status was challenged and the Queen put William and Kate in their place by removing them from the procession. That was a reminder that they are still a few generations from being in charge. She took her bitterness out on Harry and Meghan because she lives a petty and shallow existence and she thought she could pull the same crap she had been doing for years. It just failed miserably this time and exposed her publicly for the mean girl she has always been rumoured to be.

    • CC2 says:

      Do Harry and Meghan need to curtsy to Kate and Will if they were to process in? This would have been the first opportunity for Kate to see Meghan do so.

      I googled and every site said that she would curtsy to Kate if William’s there, but I honestly don’t know if that’s how it works. If it’s true though, I totally believe that’s why Kate was salty. I don’t think she’s 3d enough to have a thought deeper than what was going on in that moment

  17. Louise177 says:

    Calling themselves The Magnificent Seven” is laughable considering nothing has changed. It’s the same royals that has been around for decades. No matter how hard they try to make Sophie happen.

    • L84Tea says:

      When I hear “The Magnificent Seven”, my brain immediately goes to the 1996 US Women’s Gymnastics team. That talented group of young women were far more deserving of that nickname.

      • Feeshalori says:

        And my mind immediately goes to the iconic music score of the western gunfight movie by that same title. The original, not the remake.

      • Lady D says:

        I think of steely-eyed Yul Brynner.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Yes! He and his cohorts were bad asses in that movie, unlike this washed-down version of gunslingers.

  18. Lizzie says:

    This is a very unbiased clear eyed view of where they are. If everyone’s problem is that Harry and Meghan outshine them, then the problem really isn’t Harry and Meghan.

  19. Emily says:

    Having the place sources constantly run to the Daily Mail to talk about how much the royals hate all things “woke” also can’t be helping them win over young fans. (I’m a British millennial and it’s certainly left me unimpressed.)

    Oh well. At least we know that Will is against racism …in football.

    • UptownGirl says:

      @ Emily, that was sickening that he came out with that bit, what a sickening and colossal fool he made of himself!

  20. MaryContrary says:

    This is totally a crisis of their own making-and they just keep doubling down on their stupidity by trashing Harry and Meghan. I do take issue with his take that the Cambridge kids are now out there more because of Harry and Meghan leaving. That’s just silly: there’s hardly been an abundance of George/Charlotte/Louis photos or outings. Hanging out in their yard with their parents and Sir Attenborough isn’t exactly intrusive. Historically, the BRF have shown off their kids in very managed circumstances, plus they do start at a fairly young age doing appearances to prep them. This isn’t anything different.

    • Lizzie says:

      That gets my goat. If anyone has to get out more due to H&M leaving then it should not be the kids, it should be the lazy parents.

  21. Lunasf17 says:

    Can the British people just abolish this outdated institution? What is the point of any of this? Turn the homes and properties into public museums, return all the looted art and jewelry to their rightful countries and put Betty in a nice rest home and the rest can get entry level jobs to support themselves. These people are just parasites to the taxpayers.

  22. S808 says:

    I don’t think the monarchy will end but it’ll be significantly smaller as I expect some Commonwealth countries to break away after the Queen’s death. They really missed the boat to modernity and gave themselves a giant self inflicted bullet wound by running H&M out. I still think the Cambridge kids will be doing engagements by 18. Maybe not full time but yeah they’re gonna have to get to work earlier than their parents wanted. And their parents are mainly to blame. Not surprised by William’s actions but it’s kinda crazy how Kate could play the long game to get William but couldn’t wait H&M’s popularity out?? I mean Kate will be Queen and her kids will be the center one day. All she had to do was wait. And William having yes men for advisors has done him a great disservice. Yeah he had an affair to cover up but losing Harry was too high of a price to pay imo.

    • Yoyo says:

      Even if Commonwealth countries don’t break away, they’re renaming streets, building named after the Royal family.
      Barbados removed their Lord Nelson statue from their capital.

    • ShazBot says:

      Yessss this is such a good point! Did she suddenly tire of waiting? If anything I thought Kate would be the one to understand long-term greed vs short-term greed.
      They really really missed a great opportunity to not only lift all boats here, but to chart a different path for Charlotte and Louis within the family and give those 2 some more options. They have hurt their children’s futures in more ways than one with these short-sighted and selfish decisions.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      I’m not surprised because pre-wedding and early post-wedding days, Kate truly seemed like she couldn’t be bothered with anything more than a fake smile regarding Meghan. And no, I don’t think her third pregnancy had anything to do with it. Even William put up a more polite front than her in those days. I think Kate’s competitive and insecure attitude towards women went into overdrive when Meghan joined the family. Here was someone who was better than her on all counts and easily captured the spotlight and attention that she was accustomed to receiving. That, and the vast differences in how Harry treated Meghan vs. how William treated Kate, probably stirred a lot of jealousy and resentment.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate looked miserable during most of the wedding and she made it a point not to smile in the formal wedding photo. This, for a woman who grins and gurns at the drop of a dime when she is at an engagement. It was obvious she was acting up and her choice of colour of dress was also fitting her passive aggressive nature.

  23. OriginalLala says:

    A “modern monarchy” is an dichotomy – modern society doesn’t need a monarchy which upholds racist, classist, inegalitarian, and fundamentally sexist ways of being.

    The BRF wants to be modern? Apologize for historical wrongdoings, return the gold and jewels stolen from other countries, pay reparations for the damages of colonialism to former colonies, return the castles and palaces to the people, and then dissolve the institution.

    • Dee Kay says:

      @OriginalLala YES

    • BayTampaBay says:

      “A “modern monarchy” is an dichotomy ”

      Somehow Denmark & Sweden make it work and make it work well.

    • Monica says:

      I think a sort of honorary “world ambassador” post isn’t a bad idea. No actual power, just representing the country and spreading good will. The heart, where the government is the brains (hopefully!).

  24. Steph says:

    Nobody thinks working 150 days a year is a lot. Depending on the children alienates an entire population of Brits. There is no one that the under 30 crowd cares about. They slimmed themselves out of relevance.They need to show more of that rower royal. He’s perfect for the tik tok generation.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      And it’s not even 150 “days,” it’s “engagements” which could be as short as 30-45 minutes. To be generous and give them an hour, it would 150 HOURS per year. Pathetic and disgraceful.

      I really hope the CW countries drop off when Petty Betty dies and there is much more scrutiny into the royals’ minimal work efforts and finances.

      • Becks1 says:

        And I think Kate only did 88 engagements last year. (that’s the number i’ve seen, not sure if its engagements or days worked, bc some sites break it down by that.) And when you do see it was “days worked,” its pathetic.

        I just googled – according to the mail Kate did 133 engagements last year, so probably 88 days, and 50 of those engagements were virtual. Prince Charles did over 220 engagements and only 70 were virtual. And apparently Sophie only did 70 engagements, which is really low for her – I know they weren’t counting her food bank work, wonder if other visits werent counted as well.

      • Nic919 says:

        The chart I saw has listed 88 in total with 20 virtual engagements and the remaining 68 in person. I really do wonder where that extra 50 showed up.

      • If it’s “usually 3-4 events” in a given day for an average total of 150 engagements during a normal year, that’s 50 days (using 3 events per day). I don’t call that WORK by any stretch of the imagination. Specially for William who doesn’t even read the briefing papers or Kate , who needs cue cards to give a 3 sentence speech.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Rower Royal = ????

      • Steph says:

        He’s teenage royal. Maybe Margaret’s grandson? Or great grandson. He’s a competitive rower, very handsome. He could pull in the tweens to early 20s crowd. @baytampabay

    • Lizzie says:

      Yet these two are considered full time royals. Unbelievable.

  25. Tiffany says:

    I am glad they brought up the Cambridge kids speaking with Attenborough.

    It would have been cute as that was around the age that William and Harry spoke with their parents.

    But no, it was a colonizers mess with stolen artifacts given away. Expect nothing less from Willnot and Cannot.

    All they had to do was say, ‘do not gift any of the children’.

  26. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Tom Sykes is garbage but he managed to get this relatively right. But I agree Kaiser – this isn’t a branding issue. It’s a toxic dysfunctional family and the rot goes all the way the through. No one on that list has the capacity save the Monarchy. All of them are at this point utterly irrelevant.

  27. Margles says:

    I think the issue the RF has is the weirdly, the same Disney has with all of their live action remakes of cartoon classics. Will and Kate have maintained popularity by heavily connecting themselves to the UK’s past. Kate’s 1940s-inspired clothes and regular invocation of Princess Diana in her dress and behavior is all about this. But the problem is, time passes, and you can only coast on imitating a beloved thing for so long. They aren’t loved for themselves, they are loved for how good they are at copying something people actually love. That’s a very tenuous foundation for their position.

    Harry and Megan, for whatever else they were, were unapologetically themselves. They honored the past but weren’t interested in being bad photocopies of the past. And the RF should have embraced that.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      Not only that, but the people who long for/lived in the 1940s will be dead soon (relatively speaking)…and then where does that leave the cosplayer and Rose’s boyfriend? The younger generation doesn’t know or care about them. It was a very short-sighted strategy…

      • Margles says:

        I think the whole Covid situation has been very telling. Like, they’ve been cosplaying as 1940s monarchs and evoking Diana for years now. But, when faced with a bonafide national crisis, what do they do? Maskless events, travel… Imagine how powerful it could have been if they wore masks all the time they were in public? If they’d shared William’s experience with Covid, emphasizing how it could happen to everyone and empathizing with other victims? But they didn’t. Because their “service” is all smoke and mirrors.

    • L84Tea says:

      I LOVE this analogy!

  28. Willow says:

    So the belief that one person is superior to millions of others just because of their bloodline has been proven wrong once again. ‘Royals, they’re just like the rest of us.’

  29. Merricat says:

    So do they know that the allusion they are making with The Magnificent Seven is to an American western film about gunfighters (which was based on Seven Samurai)? This bunch is supposed to be the equivalent to hired guns in the Old West? I can’t even type that with a straight face.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I can’t even read your post with a straight face.

      *Cleaning coffee off my keyboard and computer screen while choking on laughter.”

    • damejudi says:

      Thank you! I’ve been wondering ever since the first, who thought The Magnificent Seven was appropriate?

      Gold standard advisors, I guess.

    • SarahCS says:

      YES! That was my first question when i heard this for the first time. Seriously????

    • Couch potato says:

      According to ibm “Seven gunfighters are hired by Mexican pesants to liberate their village from oppressive bandits”. Does that mean the Windsor are hired by the pesants (aka taxpayers) to liberate them from something? Torys? EU? Someone with more imagination than me could probably make a good comedy out of this.

  30. Lainey says:

    This is all about William’s jealousy.

  31. Elle says:

    When I look at the top picture I’m reminded how Kate wore a shade too similar to white/ivory and how I felt at the time that she already had a massive underlying issue with Meghan. Even her attitude in the pictures comes across as petty. I know William would only have encouraged her resentment given his own issues with jealousy and indignation.

    • TJE says:

      @Elle I thought I was the only one! Whenever it’s mentioned, people rush to Kate’s défense saying it was lemon. Regardless, it was to close to white to be worn to someone else’s wedding. The faces sh pulled during they ceremony and in the released pictures told me that she definitely had issues with Meghan from the get go. Don’t even get me started on the stunt she pulled at Archie’s christening.

      • Becks1 says:

        I love the dress debate!!!

        my take on it is that whether it was cream or a pale yellow, it was way too close to white and Kate knew exactly what she was doing. She wore the same dress in a pale blue to a RAF event in July, she could have swapped the dresses and worn blue to the wedding and it would have been lovely.

      • UptownGirl says:

        I know, I am with you. The only lemon that Kate had that day was the one she was sucking on all day. And Kate’s christening outfit looked like she was dressed to go shopping, it was deliberate as a show that she was publicly admonishing Meghan in that event.

      • Nic919 says:

        Even Oprah changed her originally planned outfit because she thought it was too close too white and she was a guest and not in the formal photo.

        Kate did this on purpose and so many tried to pretend that wearing white was ok in the UK or other nonsense. It wasn’t even a rewear but a new dress.

        Her sour look in the formal photo sealed it for me that this was intentional.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Definitely. Some people will point to her pregnancy as an excuse, but Kate went out of her way to appear unpleasant. She couldn’t even put on a proper smile for the wedding photo, and lord knows she loves to make a big show of smiling and looking jovial.

    • Ann says:

      I do agree with those who say the dress is lemon yellow. It is a pastel Easter-y yellow, like Camilla’s dress was a pastel Easter-y pink. Maybe not the best color choice but it’s definitely not white. Her eye-rolling at the wedding was the problem for me, not the outfit.

      A little OT, but my sister has a British friend, someone with a Posh background who is a successful writer there, who wore a HUGE hat to my sister’s wedding. I mean, it was such an attention-grabber, and the people behind her couldn’t see around it, lol. My sister wasn’t mad about it, she thought it was hilarious and very in keeping with her friend’s Diva personality. But we all agreed it was kind of inappropriate.

  32. Nyro says:

    Already placing their hopes on the young Cambridge kids. That’s sad and not only because they’re just small kids. But it’s sad because the Cambridge heir and spares are already being overshadowed by Archie and unborn Baby Sussex. All the way in California and barely seen, they already dominate the coverage.

  33. anniefannie says:

    I know very little about the hierarchy re: Royal reporters but isn’t this a bomb shell?!? I mean
    we’ve been ( my celebitchy bitches) endorsing this point of view forever but isn’t this hitting the mainstream, a game changer?
    I have a lot of friends that I’ve had to school on the awful, terrible treatment of H & M and their inevitable withdrawal and it’s been a real source of frustration that the Royals had seemingly remained unscathed. Is the tide finally changing???

  34. Isabella says:

    Three takeaways

    1. To make W&K look glamorous, the Sykes’ story juxtaposes an old photo of Kate and Wills, where he still had hair, with a recent snap of H&M. The tagline was hilarious: “Can they emulate Harry and Meghan’s magic?”

    Obviously no.

    2. Charlotte, Louis and George are going to have the same prob w/spares that William and Harry do. The system is broken. Plus, monarchs live forever these days. George will be an old man before he ever sits on the throne.

    3. I love this idea from the Syke’s story:
    “One suggestion floated by Simon Jenkins, a former chairman of both English Heritage and the National Trust, was that the royals should give the 42-acre gardens of Buckingham Palace, right in the middle of London, to the people.”

    “In the midst of what sometimes feels to be a never-ending pandemic, with their diverse subjects needing outdoor space like never before, a grand and useful gesture might just beat one more Zoom with another rich white royal.”

    • Nyro says:

      These people don’t have a genuinely charitable bone in their bodies. It would be great PR to do that but they just don’t have it in them.

    • Kalana says:

      Because the Queen let Buckingham Palace fall into disrepair and Charles does not wants to live there. This has been discussed here for years that Charles will want to stay at Clarence House and stick the taxpayers with double if not triple paying to repair Buckingham Palace after Elizabeth passes away.

      The royals need to start fundraising to repair these buildings themselves.

      But now it’s a “gift” huh. Nice little spin.

      • Carolind says:

        Buckingham Palace is actually in the middle of being repaired. The repairs started a couple of years ago and are going to take something like 13 years because they had to be done around HM living there. She didn’t want to move out so they could be done in a shorter length of time in case she would never move back in again.

        When Elizabeth became Queen Philip did not want to move out of Clarence House which he ran. The Queen Mother did not want to move out of BP to Clarence House which she thought much too small. Churchill insisted though that the new Queen live in BP. The Queen Mother was still in BP a year later and Philip apparently got her out by turning off the heating.

    • Couch potato says:

      Even if they didn’t give it away, at least they could have opend it up to the public, especially now, during the pandemic. The parks around both the Swedish and the Norwegian palaces are open to the public.

  35. Mooshe1 says:

    Whoever’s the brains behind running the monarchy should be fired. Harry and Meghan could have boosted things through Charles and William’s reigns and got things set for George. They were willing to be financially independent so that would have taken care of Charles’ slimmed down monarchy. That would have also set a path for Charlotte and Louis because if the monarchy lasts they’re going to have the same situation. With Brexit and covid the UK’s going to be hurting, if they were only paying for Charles, Camilla, William, and Kate the people may have been okay, especially if Harry and Meghan were still doing their engagements. Charles and Camilla have personality but because of Diana he’s iffy. Will and Kate are just boring. I think it’ll end during his reign. They’d better try to figure a way to convince Harry and Meghan to do part time

    • Lexistential says:

      The royals are dim, and the courtier brains behind them running the monarchy are equally dim (if not more) and come from a pool of aristo-bred enablers who are both unwilling and unable to look beyond their deeply programmed snobbishness and refusal to be inclusive. They’re fucking up and I can’t wait to see what else they bungle hard in front of the rest of the world.

    • MOOSHE1——I remember an article in Jan 2020 where it was stated that the Firm wanted the SUSSEXit to not be rushed because they (the Firm) wanted to create a blueprint for the Cambridge children (Charlotte and Louis)……right. Now, it’s all about rushing them out and making them perform while they are still children. And we can all see how that has worked out so well in creating happy, well rounded the British Royals.

  36. starryfish29 says:

    This family strip mined more than half the world of their culture and their land and eventually they will be stripped of their beloved crown; this small degree of karmic retribution is no less than what they deserve. I for one will be readying the popcorn.

  37. Lowrider says:

    The Magnificent Seven is just as dumb as the Fab Four 1, 2 and 3. The media and courtiers lack creative ideas.

    The monarchy isn’t going anywhere and I’m starting to believe they do not need people to remain interested in them to linger on. It’s always been the media/rota desperate for stories/scandal/gossip or THEY don’t have a point.

    • AnonyCat says:

      I agree that they feel like they don’t need anyone to be interested. They long to have people interested in them but when they have interesting people in the fold, they can’t handle it. First there is a Margaret, she is a born Royal. Nope not good that she is detracting from the heir. Let her be an alcoholic. Diana comes in and can freshen up the family. Nope. Meghan comes in. Nope. I feel like George, Charlotte and Louis’ generation is gonna have the same issue. Can you imagine pining the hopes onto actual children??!

      • ArtHistorian says:

        That became a problem because the interesting members of the RF have never been the monarch and their heirs. It has always been the spares or spouses – and when since everything is about rank in that family, they can’t handle when members of lower rank than the monarch and heirs are the ones that command public attention and popularity. This is probably made even worse in terms of the family dynamic because these people pull rank on each other even in private!

        I think that for quite a few members of the BRF, their rank is very much their identity.

    • Petra says:

      It might be the Super 8 next week.

    • And it’s just SOOOOOO….HOLLYWOOD. Isn’t that their constant critics of the Sussexes? Right down to the recently released Sussex baby no announcement photo somehow cosplaying a scene in the movie, Notting Hill?

  38. MV says:

    Sussexes are interesting only because they left the monarchy, otherwise noboby cared for them either

  39. OK, so Meghan has been “called out” and the wolves are piling on. No contest when it comes to Kate’s Uncle Gary who brags to reporters about doing coke and prostitutes to undercover reporters. Ooh! Kate is the saviour of the Royals! Nope. Just another PR girl.

  40. Lizzie says:

    Oh yes, rebranding Pale and Stale as the Maga.. I mean Magnificent 7 will restore the missing glamour and mystique the rf has lacked since H&M moved away. Gold standard advisors earning they pay.

  41. CrystalBall says:

    She is an empty vessel who blabs the PR line. A copycat without soul who forever pretends to be the real deal. Jog on, Waity Katie. No one is buying your over-priced, produced in China, Party Pieces commercial train wreck. No one except your shallow, self-satisfied husband, prince william the weak. Time to wake up – royal horse manure smells just like regular horse manure.