Jobson: The Cambridges ‘carry the heavy burden of making the Crown relevant’

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Royal commentator Robert Jobson is a foul man who hates the Duchess of Sussex. He wishes everything would go back to the good old days, when Harry was miserable and unmarried, and being used as a human shield to hide all of Prince William’s laziness, affairs and idiocy. Jobson repeatedly blamed Meghan for the whole of the Sussexit, and even went so far as to say that Meghan’s plan all along was to pick up a ginger prince and carry him off to America. He also claims that Meghan and Harry are dreadfully unpopular too, because why not. But now Jobson is feeling a bit bittersweet about everything. Two years have passed since Harry and Meghan announced their exit, and Jobson thinks it’s all terribly sad. Good thing that William and Kate will be just as popular as the Sussexes, huh?

“Two years on front the Sandringham summit the dust has settled over Harry and Meghan’s decision to quit as full time royals. So much has changed, but one thing is certain – the Sussexes’ departure has left the Monarchy in a worse position. Why? Because they were international stars, who shone a light on Britain and what is good about our country, our diversity and our humour.

“What followed were accusations of racism aimed at the royal family by the couple and more bitter recriminations. I travelled with the couple on the tours they did before they decided to abandon their jobs. As a country we benefitted from the afterglow as they toured Fiji, Tonga, Australia, and Morocco. And before Meghan, Harry was regarded as the most popular royal, whose work with AIDS and helping ex service personnel much lauded.

“The bitterness that emerged during the South Africa tour and the legal wrangling that followed – only led them to a series of legal spats with the media, and inevitably attacks from both sides. The once cool couple, who were seen as energetic, youthful and fun, suddenly became pariahs. But I fear the monarchy, as we approach the soon-to-be 96-year-old Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, appears a tired institution, dated, in need of renovation, an uplift.”

“There had been talk that Charles was planning a cull of lesser royals and wanted to streamline The Firm when he is king. His thinking behind such a move was to make the institution more cost effective and perceived to be more efficient. Such a cull is no longer really needed with Harry and Meghan’s self-imposed exile and The Duke of York’s enforced absence from royal life due to ongoing sex case….So the streamlining has happened naturally. It means going forward, that the pressure will be increasingly on Charles and Camilla. But long term it will be William and his wife, Catherine, who will carry the heavy burden of making the Crown relevant… the Queen now relies more and more heavily upon her son Prince Charles and a grandson, Prince William to steer the ship of monarchy in the right direction. Whether the departure of Harry and Megan and the enforced retirement of Prince Andrew has seriously damaged the royal family only time will tell. But it seems that the monarchy is less stable than it once was.

[From The Daily Mirror]

“The bitterness that emerged during the South Africa tour and the legal wrangling that followed…” Harry and Meghan were being attacked and vilified on a daily basis in the months leading up to the African tour. They decided to announce their lawsuits on the last day of the tour. “Only led them to a series of legal spats with the media, and inevitably attacks from both sides….” And Meghan won. Meghan won her lawsuit against the Mail. “Suddenly became pariahs” = Over the course of eighteen months, Harry and Meghan survived an onslaught of character assassinations, smears, lies and attacks and they decided to leave before they were exiled.

“But long term it will be William and his wife, Catherine, who will carry the heavy burden of making the Crown relevant” – good luck with that! Poor Catherine can’t mumble her way out of a paper bag, and William is too emotional, angry, spiteful, wrathful and engorged to do anything but punch walls as his wife or mistress tries to calm him down.

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162 Responses to “Jobson: The Cambridges ‘carry the heavy burden of making the Crown relevant’”

  1. Bettyrose says:

    I hope Prince George starts to develop some career interests for his post monarchy life.

    • vs says:

      I have a question: aren’t royal gossiper rats not supposed to talk about the WORK of the rf? why are they always covering them like a soap opera?

      I have said it here plenty of times, why does the rf agree to be covered based on nonsense such as this?

      I am from NYC, so I couldn’t care less; I don’t pay for them! I just imagine President Biden being covered like this……

      • apollocat says:

        they want to be soap operas to stay relevant. The gossip sells paper and brf get positive press in return.

      • vs says:

        positive press based on fluffs? anyway, I am not paying for them

      • notasugarhere says:

        vs you will pay for them when they do their silly EarthSh!t fest in NYC later this year. Their security costs will be paid by the taxpayers of NY and US taxpayers in general. And if they decide they want a little face time in the White House, you’ll be paying for the US military staff who secure them during that jaunt. Time to start writing to protest now.

      • LaraW" says:

        @nota: I do not understand why William is hellbent on having his vanity project held in the US. Judge Kaplan’s Individual Rules of Practice make it clear that he rarely allows for trial to be delayed and gets really pissed off if parties try to mess with his schedule. And the timetable he set out is f-ckin brutal. Summary judgment briefing in June/early July, pretrial order by July 28, trial potentially as early as August? There is NO WAY William is going to avoid questions/comments about Andrew, the trial.

        And that’s not even including questions about the BRF’s blatant racism in the mix. Sure, journalists might not ask him questions directly, but the commentary in the news is going to be “Prince William blah earthshit blah. His uncle, Prince Andrew, is currently scheduled to go to trial in [Month] for allegations of raping Virginia Giuffre. Prince Andrew was a close associate of Ghislaine Maxwell, who was convicted of sex trafficking in January this year. When asked to comment on the case, Prince William’s representatives refused to comment [cut to William in his velvet suit making tone deaf comments about saving Africa]. Prince William is scheduled meet President Biden next week, where he and the President are expected to discuss Britain’s commitment to honor Scotland’s recent decision to leave the United Kingdom and become independent. Prince William has been a vocal opponent of Scottish independence and met with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown on several occasions before the referendum. [etc., pundits and talking heads, you get the idea] Back to you, Gail.”

      • Surly Gale says:

        @NAS I don’t think you have anything to worry about. Any day, any second I expect Wm to say ‘america? I’m sorry I wasn’t clear, I meant Canada a Commonwealth country in North America; I figured you’d all understand and take for granted I did not mean the United States when i said america.
        In 4, 3, 2,……..it’s coming.
        He doesn’t have the balls to face the US press. I’ll bet a buck on it (sorry, Loonie…got carried away with the americas junk!!!).

      • Marivic says:

        @VS. ITA. From my part of the world, what I always get to read is drama and more drama and more non-stop drama about the British Royal family. The British royal reporters don’t report news; they write scripts for the royal daily soap opera. Other European royals don’t do this. They carry themselves with more class, finesse, and refinement. But the Brits are different. They love drama all around.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Because he wants US press attention and US funder money. Prince Petulant isn’t going to allow his popular younger brother to have the focus of the US population.

    • Yinyang says:

      I think if he does he’s just going to be a job snob and look down on people that didn’t get all the special tutoring and education possibilities as he did.

      • Chaine says:

        Just my guess: He will get a decree in history and if there is no longer a monarchy then he will make a career out of writing ponderous boring books about the monarchy’s past, and everyone will consider him an expert because he was born into the royal family, not because of any hard work or research on his part in writing about them.

      • Bettyrose says:

        @chaine – Heck, I’ll be impressed if he writes them himself

      • Mac says:

        Andrew had so many honorary military titles they may have to put George to work immediately just to cover them all.

    • Mina_Esq says:

      If he models his work ethic on that of his parents, he will be SOL.

    • Moxylady says:

      So…. A semi figure head that lives off of tax dollars, does nothing for the common wealth, stands on a history of colonization, pillage and genocide while continuing to embrace racism needs to be updated to appeal to a generation who finds everything they stand for abhorrent. Riiiiiiiiight. Good luck. Down with the monarchy!!!!

    • Marivic says:

      Jobson should be advised that the Cambridges cannot carry the heavy burden. They will surely drop the crown. In no time.

  2. Scorpion says:

    Oh nos!!!

    Such a heavy burden, the poor sausages…

    Jabba the Hutt always talks outta both sides of his mouth 😏

    • Chloe says:

      If william and kate have been carrying the burden of making the monarchy relevant they’ve been doing an awful job of it.

      The truth is: no matter how hard they try, there is simply no valid excuse to pay billionaires to do a bit of charity work a few times a month. ‘Work’ of which the charities aren’t benefiting off. And the younger generation realizes this. So good luck to william and kate lol.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      “But long term it will be William and his wife, Catherine, who will carry the heavy burden of making the Crown relevant”

      It does not look like Baldy will get a divorce or public separation from WIglet any time soon! LOL!

      • Chloe says:

        If he was ever thinking about it this whole mess with andrew has just made a divorce a lot harder. Even if he wanted to, the queen won’t give her blessing. After sussexit and the andrew drama, the institution cannot deal with such a high profile divorce.

      • notasugarhere says:

        He’ll wait until the Queen is gone then work with his father. He can work with him now to get a new place in Windsor/Berkshire, a household that will serve as the separate household for their private/secret separation as Anmer/Wood Farm has served recently.

      • swirlmamad says:

        Kate and Carole might actually be rubbing their hands at this Andrew mess. One more wrench thrown into William’s potential move to officially separate.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Nota is spot on.

        TQ passing would actually be a great time to reinvent the family and a Cambridge divorce could be good for that.

        It could be good PR if played right- losing GanGan leads Will to free Kate from their marriage because Kate is struggling with the role and her mental health couldn’t stand becoming PoW/QC. Dutiful hardworking Will gets single man shine and in a couple years, a new royal wedding (everyone loves those!) with a dynamic new bride that is everything Kate isn’t.

      • Harper says:

        Will promised the Queen he’d stay married to Kate. But I think he worked it out with Kate that he’s out after ten years, or six months after the Queen passes if she is still alive at the ten year marriage mark.

  3. Andrew's Nemesis says:

    Make the monarchy relevant? A sour mean girl who refuses to work because she’s a Mother waffle waffle waffle, and an ageing narcissist with a petulant puckered face and baby hands twisted in permanent rage? Good luck selling that to Gen. Z and the Commonwealth!

    • Couch potato says:

      So true! I was watching a danish program about the 50th anniversary of queen Margrethe of Denmark earlier today. The queen being herself, her hard work and her ability to make people feel seen, was some of the things the experts claimed are the reasons for her popularity. She’s multilingual, keeps updated on what’s going on in the world and pays special attention to the history/culture in the countries she’s visiting. She’s passed 80, she works harder, and are more youthful in many ways, than W&K combined. Then there’s the younger generation of princesses around Europe who’s going to inherit the thrones some day. They’re still in school and ALL already run circles around those two. Good luck Britain!

      • notasugarhere says:

        I just checked and it isn’t on their YouTube channel yet. Mind sharing where you found it? I always enjoy Margrethe interviews and documentaries.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Daisy is the best! She really is very well-loved in Denmark. She’s accomplished and witty – her personality really translates well to the screen, unlike her dull Windsor relatives. She’s also been very very smart about tying her artistic (especially her theatrical) endeavours together with well-known and loved national symbols – like doing costumes for a ballet based on H. C. Andersen’s “Snow Queen” and her new Netflix-project with Bille August is based on a fairy tale by Karen Blixen (two of the big Danish writers). She’s been really good at using the media of television to connect with the public – creating the notion that we do get to “know” her, she calls herself “Aunty Queen” in documentaries 😉

        She also likes laughing at herself – she famously loves seeing comedians parodying her. When a Danish actor famous for parodying her retired, Margarethe actually went on stage after his last performance to present him with a gift.

        She’s quite good at balancing the pomp with a certain degree of approachability. She wears both priceless diamonds at State Events and cheap plastic earring from Matas (the equivalent of Boots in the UK) at less formal events because she happens to like them. And if you like ballet, there’s a good chance you’ll get to see her in person if you attend performances regularly at the Danish National Theatre. There was a time when I saw her every time I went to the ballet.

        Also, she’s a Tolkien fan-girl and has illustrated Lord of the Rings under a pen name.

      • Couch potato says:

        Notasugarhere; it was a direct broadcast on DR 1. It’s 50 years since her father died today. There’ll be more at 20 o’clock (in Scandinavia).

        Arthistorian; she really is one of a kind:-)

      • ArtHistorian says:

        She really has been the most successful constitutional monarch Denmark has seen (so far). Just like Margrethe I was the most successful medieval monarch in Northern Europe.

      • Gubbinal says:

        Thank you for all the information! I really have loved Daisy for years. Her mother was also great. European monarchies have (as long as I’ve known) expected intelligence and strong curiosity from their family members. They take learning seriously.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I was reading about Queen Margrethe late last night and she takes her duties and her hobbies seriously. She not only ensures that all of the arts in Denmark are supported but she also takes her time time with her expertise to provide designs to the arts.

        As it was a print article, Queen Margrethe had a glow as if she is jumping off of the page!!! She seems like a lovely, giving, delightful and enthusiastic woman!! She is vibrant, takes her role seriously as well as taking every opportunity to contribute as much as she possibly is able to do so. Margrethe seems like an absolute gem as Queen!! I was delighted in reading everything I could about her!!

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Gubbinal, Margrethe’s mother Queen Ingrid was one of the best things that happened to the DRF. She had a natural flair for PR and she really played a significant role in rehabbing the old King’s image during the Occupation. She was very intelligent and she really understood the PR game, she understood (like her British relatives never did) that in the modern era, royals have be seen as more approachable.

        She was the most eligible royal bachelorette in the 1930s – and some people wanted her to marry the Prince of Wales but she really dodged a bullet here (he later became the Duke of Windsor). Crown Prince Frederik (later Frederik IX) made a very smart match.

        A friend of mine has seen Daisy’s private rooms because he had to inspect the palace before the restauration work could begin. He told me that she had Manga comics lying about in her office!

      • notasugarhere says:

        thanks couch potato.

        Loved QMII’s fangirling Viggo Mortensen as Strider so much, he ended up with a Danish knighthood.

  4. equality says:

    I think the culling is going to continue since a good deal of the royal “workers” are past retirement age. Since most of their stuff is BS or patronages that never see them that might not be a problem. As for the military honors, give them to people who are actually (gasp) military. They better hope that one of Will’s kids has the charisma to be popular.

    • Nyro says:

      You could already see how charasmatic Harry was at a very early age. Maybe there’s still hope for little Louis. Kinda hard though when you’re coming from a charisma-less gene pool thanks to having two total dullards for parents.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I doubt they’d be forcibly retired, equality. If that was done, they’d lose their royal housing and any income. The Gloucesters would be okay, they have private funds and already downsized to a much smaller space at KP that they don’t need. Princess Alexandra might be fine too, if not resentful. But Duke of Kent is an old-school royal who has given his life in service to this firm, and he has no personal money.

      Removing him as a working royal means he has a wretched end of life. It will come soon enough, so QEII/Charles won’t be so cruel as to force him out now. They *could* move him to Wood Farm at Sandringham, but really, Duke of Kent seems to enjoy his royal work unlike some others.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Nota – Agree with you 100%! I do not think Charles III will do anything to Princess Alexandria, Duke of Kent or Duke of Gloucester. All three of these “old generation school Royals” seem to really enjoy their work and do a good deal of Royal work given their ages.

        Also, I think I read some where, Charles was close to both Prince William & Prince Richard of Gloucester growing up and has remained close to and on very good terms with Prince Richard who is now the current Duke of Gloucester

      • Couch potato says:

        If I remember correctly the older ones have given up some patronages in the resent year or two. I think Chuck will let them do what they’re capable of and/or make sure they’re taken care of for the rest of their lives, but there’s a limit to how long that is. Ultimately he’s stuck with the lazy ones until the Cambridge children grows up.

    • KA says:

      What will be most interesting to watch is how the Cambridge children are handled. Essentially, until they are adults- there are no new people to “employ.” Harry is gone. The cousins are too far along in their adult lives/careers to be pulled back in. HIghly doubt they will look to Louise and James to fill the roles (although maybe that is the concession Edward and Sophie made for Edinburgh). Anyway, under Charles we will just see people die or retire out of the jobs. It will be when Charlotte and Louis come of age where things will get interesting. Do they follow the path of Harry? probably more like Eugenie? Or will “new” positions suddenly “need” to be filled.

      • Chloe says:

        Eugenie and harry are essentially on the same path. None of them are working royals and both of them have their own income.

    • equality says:

      @nota I don’t know whether or not PC would force them out but they are older and health and abilities do decline.

      • notasugarhere says:

        yes, but if they’re not working royals, the Sovereign Grant doesn’t pay their rent at KP or for their staff and expenses. So unless Charles is going to take on funding them personally (which I doubt), they need to remain as working royals.

      • equality says:

        That’s rather cold. No retirement fund or provisions for them if their health fails?

  5. Tee says:

    “Because they were international stars, who shone a light on Britain and what is good about our country, our diversity and our humour.” The audacity is never ending.

    So he’s saying the monarchy is doomed, then. Okay. Let the streamlining continue until it fades into non-existence as it should.

    • Chloe says:

      I think alarm bells should be ringing at buckingham palace that their most ardent cheerleaders are starting to say this.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      This is an admission the monarchy is doomed. It’s William and Kate’s job to make the monarchy relevant? Well, the fact that THIS VERY STORY (and every other story about William and Kate) just HAS to mention Harry and Meghan in order to be relevant, means William and Kate are NOT relevant on their own. Buh-bye.

  6. Nyro says:

    Deep down, they all know who the real stars are. This is why I hope Meghan and Harry never step foot on that balcony again. And I hope they don’t participate in the Jubilee. The others will simply capitalize off of Harry and Meghan’s star power while simultaneously feeding lies to the press and sending out their minions in the palace to give quotes about how they’re putting the Sussexes “in their place”.

  7. s808 says:

    A problem of their own making. More work, responsibility and expectations with little to no help till their kids are of age. They wanted to be the only game in town, now they are.

  8. TigerMcQueen says:

    Welp, I guess the crown’s not gonna be relevant.

    It’s like the RR is waking up to the cold, hard fact that Harry isn’t coming back, ever, and they’re stuck with the bland nothingness of Normal Bill and Mutton Buttons.

    • ABritGuest says:

      This. In a piece that was meant to be about Kate he spent majority of the article discussing Harry & Meghan’s star power & the positive effects their tours had on Britain. He’s basically admitting saying that the royal family is dull without them ha ha.

      I remember jobbo saying around time of Oceana tour that they hadn’t seen so much international interest since Diana. He talks about positive impact of their tours but that’s not what he was saying at the time. He was suggesting Meghan had lied about making banana bread in Australia & had no friends. The palace got a willing rota to tear Meghan especially down & funnily enough the rota gets most of the shame& blame for Sussexit even though the palace was complicit too. They deserve lost profits& international media opportunities as they don’t have access to the more dynamic US royals to be stuck with dull royals they have to write a gazillion boring puff pieces about & ridiculous stories about Harry & Meghan’s lawn to get those clicks

    • Nyro says:

      I think getting no word at all about their Christmas plans is what’s caused some of these rota gossips to lose it, either by becoming even more unhinged or actually admitting that pushing out the only two stars may have cost the monarchy, as Jabba has done here. I think that the Sussexes didn’t communicate at all with the palace about their Christmas plans and I believe that was the first time it dawned on any of them that H&M actually run their own lives and won’t be checking in or running to every event the BRF and BM deem as important. They all went from making demands on Harry and Meghan’s time to now openly wondering if Meghan and the children will ever set foot in that country.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Yep. He is reluctantly acknowledging that it’s going to take a lot of work for The Blandy Bunch to make the Crown relevant. A lot of work isn’t in their repertoire.

  9. Miranda says:

    So in other words, we should just start writing the British monarchy’s obituary now. Got it. Thanks, Bob.

  10. Mina_Esq says:

    He thinks H and M “abandoned their jobs”. Oh boy…He is basically admitting that they were/are the most popular royals, and that they were making the monarchy seem more modern. He is just upset that they wouldn’t tolerate the abuse. This man knows that the monarchy is effed now that it’s up to the Cambridges to save it. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

  11. Aurora says:

    Heavy are the bundles on the head that wears the crown.

  12. MsIam says:

    Harry and Meghan are pariahs to the UK press and that horrible family but the rest of the world doesn’t feel that way. So nice try Jumbo, have fun with C&C and the Keen bunch.

    • Couch potato says:

      It was the same after Dianas interviw. A bunch of conservative middle aged white men were criticising her, spouting a lot of the same BS as they have about H&M. The rest of the world saw how fucked up the Firm was back then and pulled Diana closer to their hearts, just as we have with H&M. It wouldn’t have been on my radar, if it weren’t for the horrible treatment of Meghan.

  13. Jais says:

    Well, the monarchy seems less stable then it once was? You don’t say Jobson. Does the idea of William and Catherine carrying that burden not just uplift you into optimism? Kate is the mothereffing jewel of the monarchy! How dare you suggest it’s less stable with her around?

    • Over it says:

      Lol. They would first have to get Kate to out down her hairbrush long enough to make it to an event. I am going to keep saying this everyday, but it’s now January 14th and Kate hasn’t done a drop of work since her keen jazz band concert of 3 notes on January 8th.

  14. Lizzie says:

    It’s rare for the British media to acknowledge that Harry and Meghan were international superstars and what they were able to do is still missed.

    • TeamMeg says:

      Yes, I was surprised to see this admitted so casually here, after the BM and BRF did everything to drive away Harry and Meghan. EVRYTHING. Hindsight and all that.

      Well… News Flash: The monarchy is no longer relevant!

      In my view, the only way for the royals to become relevant “again” is either for England and what’s left of the Empire to become a monarchy again (ha!) OR for the royal family itself to become truly beloved by their subjects. To achieve this would require that Charles, Wills and anyone else seeking relevancy truly CARES—empathically cares—about their people. Not just their fellow nobles and aristo playmates, but the regular people, the struggling people, the immigrants and working class families, and so on. If they really care, they will dedicate their privileged lives to making things better for us all, and it will show. If they don’t really care, there’s nothing to show, and that’s where we are at now.

      Can empathic caring be learned or developed in a previously self-centred person? Sure it can. Revelations and epiphanies do happen. Having them happen with this current crop of Windsors may be as unlikely as the restoration of the monarchy. Time will tell.

  15. Alexandria says:

    So? Since you think they are so good at their jobs, then be happy with what you have and stop writing about Harry and Meghan.

    • swirlmamad says:

      Seems so obvious and simple, doesn’t it?

    • STRIPE says:

      That part. “Well well well, if it isnt the consequences to my own actions coming back to haunt me”

      Gee, it wouldnt be all on their shoulders, and the press would have others to talk about, had they not bullied M&H out of the country!

  16. Eurydice says:

    Huh, what a weird piece. So H&M were the ones who shone the light on what is good and diverse about the UK. In other words, not W&K. And, yes, W&K will have the heavy burden of making the monarchy relevant, but he doesn’t say that they can or will. A more fawning piece would end with something like “But Kate, with her middle class values, is uniquely poised to blah, blah, blah, come into her own, grounding William while steering the ship of state, blah, blah” Looks like this guy is saying W&K are going to be doing the grounding…of the monarchy.

    • Merricat says:

      +1. Amazing to see.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      He spoke of something glaringly obvious no matter how hard he and his cohorts in the BM tried to say otherwise. Harry & Meghan ARE very popular on a global level. Harry has been more popular than William for most of his life not matter how much he was scapegoated and thrown under the bus.

      I would almost feel bad for these a##hole lackeys if they weren’t so psychotic in their decision to misinform the public. I’m not giving Jobson praise for stating the obvious. It’s slightly better than then the rest of them will do.

  17. Jais says:

    Explain to me in simple terms how slimming the monarchy will be more cost effective. What does each person pay, around 2 pounds. Well, unless that’s reduced down to each person paying a quarter to the monarchy each year instead, it’s not more cost effective.
    I realize there aren’t actually quarters in the U.K. but whatever the equivalent of that would be but you get my point. GFOOH with this.

    • notasugarhere says:

      That 2 pound number is put forth by royalists, it isn’t fact. When you figure in all the housing, clothing, staff, foreign tours, and massive security? It is more around 600 million a year.

      And there’s little talk of reducing those costs, merely of reducing the number of people supported by that massive amount of money. Little hints like Charles wanting to turn BP into a museum? That means shifting the burden of the costs of BP to another govt department, but no mention of what happens to the original funds and where they’d go.

      Both QEII and Charles currently operate under what I call Freedom From Information requests. No one is allowed access to where the Lancaster, Sovereign Grant, Duchy of Cornwall money really goes.

      Over a million in taxpayer funds was spent on just the secure front door for the luxury Wales farmhouse for Billy when he was with SAR. All because he refused to live on base because it would be an invasion of his privacy. Any other information requests were shot down with ‘royal security, no more info allowed’ statements. Likewise you cannot access any info about how much taxpayer funding is spent staffing and securing the PRIVATE residences of Balmoral, Sandringham, Gatcombe, etc.

    • Becks1 says:

      The issue is they are slimming down the monarchy but there is no indication they are slimming down costs. I guess some things will play out, if there are fewer RPOs, or fewer royals living in taxpayer funded housing, fewer weddings like Eugenie’s (that require security etc) and more like Gabriella Windsor’s – so those kinds of costs will go down. And obviously if BP becomes a full time museum/event space that could be a big cost savings. But IF there is any reduction in the sovereign grant, will that mean more money for the country?

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Duplicate comment deleted

    • BayTampaBay says:

      The monarchy is not going to spend less money. The monarchy will the spend the same amount of money (or possibly even more money) on fewer working Royals.

      Financial changes have to be made in order to free up funds to buy Baldy & Wiglet a third stately home attached to a grand estate.

  18. Becks1 says:

    Well, this is true, isn’t it? Now it’s up to the Cambridges to make the monarchy relevant and to keep people interested and to convince people that they are getting enough bang for their buck. That’s why pushing the Sussexes out was such a bad idea, long-term. The Firm is stuck with the lazy, bitter, petulant, whining Cambridges as their best chance at relevancy and success. Have fun!

  19. girl_ninja says:

    The rota continues to show that they wish that the Sussex’s never left Shutter Island and were still working royals. They think if they write glowingly enough about the Cambridges that they will write it into existence. But they are stuck with these two lazy bums who don’t do anything and won’t do anything.

    • Eurydice says:

      This is the first time in a long while that I’ve seen anything remotely positive written by the rota about H&M. And there’s nothing glowing here about W&K.

  20. Chill says:

    “But long term it will be William and his wife, Catherine, who will carry the heavy burden of making the Crown relevant” – good luck with that!” Well said, Kaiser!!!

  21. Lili says:

    LOL i had to laugh at the first Paragraph
    “Two years on front the Sandringham summit the dust has settled over Harry and Meghan’s decision to quit as full time royals. So much has changed, but one thing is certain – the Sussexes’ departure has left the Monarchy in a worse position. Why? Because they were international stars, who shone a light on Britain and what is good about our country, our diversity and our humour.
    So i reckon now the Media Tune is about to change, in order for them to return for the jubilee and sprinkle some star dust on the procceddings, question is will it lift the family up, or tarnish the work they are doing outside the royal family

    • Nyro says:

      It’s not a good look for them to be on that balcony. Not with Andrew’s day in court coming. And at this point, I don’t know if even Harry wants to support them anymore. A year ago, even after everything they’d been through with the Firm, I would have definately thought they’d be back for the Jubilee. But after hearing how the bullying smear effected Meghan, the palace’s downright hateful response to Lili’s birth and her name, and the family actively working with the Daily Mail to humiliate and defeat Meghan, I can’t see how they can put their personal affection for the queen over that kind of abuse. Love her from afar, visit her privately, sure. But stand with the institution after all of that? I don’t see it.

    • blackfemmebot says:

      I used to not want H and M at the jubilee because the BRF and RR simply don’t deserve their beautiful presence and I didn’t want to see the RR make a single cent off a picture or story about the Sussexes at the jubilee. Now, however, I think that it’s been made undeniably clear on the world stage that the BRF supports rapists and pedophiles being associated with the RF may hurt the sussexes reputation and work they’re doing now. Everything the BRF represents is antithetical to who H and M are and what they’ve positioned their brand to be so I hope and pray they don’t go.

      • Nyro says:

        It all depends on whether or not Harry’s accepted that loving his grandmother is not dependent upon his supporting her job. She helped guilt him into leaving the military and becoming a full-time working royal because of that. I hope she doesn’t guilt him into attending the Jubilee. He can love his grandmother without supporting the crown.

      • JanetDR says:

        Also, we still have a pandemic!

    • Becks1 says:

      I think any balcony appearances will be really slimmed down – probably just the Queen, Charles, Camilla, William, Kate and their children. Maybe even just the queen, after all, its her jubilee. I don’t think the Queen is going to want a big family appearance on the balcony if her favorite can’t be there.

      • Nyro says:

        Her best bet would be to go out there alone. If it’s the whole extended Windsor clan, it’ll remind the public of just how many freeloaders they’re taking care of, directly and indirectly. It’ll also highlight Andrew and the reason he’s not there. And if it’s just C&C and W&K with their three kids, it’ll highlight that Harry, Meghan, Archie, and Lili aren’t there and that these are the very people who pushed them out and attack them daily. She’d better woman up and stand on that balcony alone.

      • Steph says:

        You don’t think she’d have Anne and Edward there? I’m not sure that’s a good look.

      • Lady D says:

        If her favourite can’t be there, no one gets to be there. Petty Betty strikes again.
        I agree with what the two of you have said here, she would be better to stand alone.
        Personally, I expect her to step down this month, she’s ready to wash her hands of the whole institution. The RR’s better put the blame squarely on Andrew.

  22. Over it says:

    Robert can just go do himself if he can still locate it.

  23. Ariel says:

    They only thing they’re carrying is a “whites only” banner for the royal family. And while racism is depressingly popular here in the US and in the UK, it is hardly relevant.
    We are witnessing the end of the british monarchy.
    I just wish instead of death by a million self inflicted paper cuts it was 200 years ago when they would’ve cut off their heads (and maybe redistributed some of that wealth).

    • Nyro says:

      This. George is not seeing that throne, so I hope he actually takes his college education seriously. I just wish it would all crumble tomorrow so that Betty could see it fall apart.

  24. J ferber says:

    I notice in the header picture William is starting with the jazz hands. The people want action and work from them, not biddy wriggles demonstrating their keenness. Those two are in the same sinking boat. For William’s next clothing flex (after the disastrous green velvet jacket that the Brits wet their pants over), I’d like to see him in a Speedo mankini, maybe in a keen plea for the summer Olympics in Britain. Shameless, stupid people.

  25. Amy Bee says:

    Hmm…seems like some revisionist history is going on here. Jobson and his colleagues were very reluctant at the time to call Meghan and Harry international stars and criticised everything they did. But what he says in this piece is why I have a hard time believing that Harry and Meghan will attend the Platinum Jubilee. The Palace and the press will try to use them to improve the image of the monarchy. Harry is very aware of that and I don’t think he would want any part of it.

    • Chloe says:

      You are going to be sorely disappointed when you will see both harry and meghan on that balcony lol. Never forget that both of them decided to name their daughter after the queen

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Chloe: I’ve been saying on this website that Meghan and the Queen get on very well and that was a problem for Kate. Plus, they’ve told us that they have a good relationship with her so I accept that. I’ve also said that I expect to be disappointed by Harry and Meghan at some point. But I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t go to the Jubilee. I’m basing my speculation on the fact that Harry hates these types events where he’s put him on display by the family and palace. If they do go I know it will be to honour the Queen, nothing else. I don’t think they will be there for all the events either, maybe only the church service. The Palace will use it to portray some kind of reconciliation between them and the Windsors which I don’t think Harry and Meghan would want to convey to the public when there hasn’t been any improvement in the relationship. A lot has happened since they left in March 2020 including the Royal Family accusing Meghan of bullying and supporting the MoS in her privacy case.

      • Feeshalori says:

        I can see them visiting the queen in a private capacity but to be displayed like show ponies on that balcony for the RF’s motives is a whole other ball of wax. Not after the unconscionable efforts made against Meghan. Why give the impression of cooperating with the same family that literally nearly hounded her to death and cooperated against her in a media lawsuit and smears just to name a few? I’d stay far, far away from that venomous nest of snakes.

      • Becks1 says:

        I said above that I think we will see a very different balcony at the jubilee, heck maybe even just the queen, bc of Andrew. So it may not even be an issue for Sussex fans who have mixed feelings on them there or not. For me personally, I hope they do not appear on the balcony for the reasons others have said, today and other days, but I also kind of hope they do as a message of “we are not exiled, you may drag us in the tabloids all day long but we are still here, Harry is still the son of the future monarch,” etc. So like I said, mixed feelings.

        But anyway, like I said, I bet we see a very different balcony and I bet if H&M do attend any part of the jubilee, it will be the church service, and I think anything else will be private and we won’t see pics etc.

      • Chloe says:

        @becks1: i don’t have mixed feelings about harry and meghan going to the jubilee. I don’t want them there period.
        1. Because the royal family’s apology should be as loud as their accusations
        2. Because they still haven’t condemned the press
        3. Because I honestly think that meghans life is in danger if she visits the UK.

        I also think its pretty damning to go celebrate with the exact same people that were racist to you and racially profiled your unborn baby.

        However what i want isn’t important. And if covid allows it i think its highly likely they’ll be there because they both have some deep loyalty (and i would even argue love) for the queen. And they will appear on that balcony if that is what she wants. If she wants everyone on that balcony playing the happy family card, meghan and harry will definitely play their part.

      • Nyro says:

        Becks,

        Being the “son of the future monarch” is not a flex anymore. The general public supports Harry because he removed himself from that. He’s the son of Diana. William is the son of the future monarch. These people are being called out all over social media for protecting Andrew and turning a blind eye to his crimes against an underage girl. Being royal stopped being a flex the minute they left the Firm and built a better happy ending for themselves.

      • Lowrider says:

        And they wanted to continue as part time royals even after everything that happene.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Chloe – its fine that you don’t have mixed feelings on the issue. Others might, including Harry and Meghan.

        @Nyro – its not a flex for H&M and what they are doing now with their lives. But it’s still a flex in terms of the royal circle and the RRs and all that. And Harry’s status as the son of the monarch (some day) DOES still carry weight even in the US.

        I think this is going to be a lot like the funeral and the Diana statute, where some of the Sussex stans dont think they should go, some will probably get really mad if they go (or even just Harry) – and if he does anything besides punch William in the face on the balcony. But that last thing is not going to happen (as much fun as it would be to witness) so we just have to accept that H&M are capable of making the best choices for themselves, which may mean not going, but it may mean going.

        All that to say – I am not looking forward to the next 6 months of speculation on this issue from any side, lol.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Chloe: Being involved in the Jubilee would entail having to work with the Palace and I just think as much as possible Harry and Meghan would want to avoid that, same goes for a royal christening. I can’t see them wanting to be paraded around the UK for events. As I said earlier Harry’s not going want to give the impression that all is well with his family when it’s not. Becks is probably right that the balcony may not have the entire family by the Queens side. For the last Jubilee, it was the Queen, her husband, Charles and his wife and children. I think a similar arrangement will be occur this with George on the balcony instead of Harry.

      • MsIam says:

        They named her Lilibet not realizing there would be a fiasco about the name in the press and before the Cambridges sicced Jason on Meghan in court. Not to mention the lies about tears and bullying. Feelings can change and I doubt the Sussexes will want to be used as a PR stunt.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Harry made it clear he separates his grandmother from The Queen. And that The Queen is being controlled by other people, like courtiers, tabloids, AK47. What it continues to point to is – it wasn’t the Queen who made comments about skin tone.

  26. Bunny says:

    Our two favourite work-shy layabouts ‘carry the heavy burden of making the Crown relevant’? Poor lambs.

    As William Shakespeare said, “Uneasy lies the head that wears the wiglet”.

  27. What says:

    They carry the burden, yet they’re coming to America to try and stick it to Cali. They’re the future yet no one in Britain bothered to watch the earthshot or copykates Carol service. They’re this global iconic couple yet they can’t keep attention in the rota papers for a day. Copykate had a week of articles on her birthday, yet the Mon after her birthday. The articles were down near the bottom of the daily fail and the sun. They’re the next iconic moment of Britain Media-who has yet to have one but don’t let me digress. Yet go on the daily fail right now and look at the top why’s meghan and they have just replaced Pier Morgan name with Prince Harry with they’re own button 😏 the true stars of the Royal family

    • Chaine says:

      OMG you are right about the button on DM! There is one for “Meghan Markle” and “Queen” too but not one for Kate or Wills or Chuck!

    • BayTampaBay says:

      “they have just replaced Pier Morgan name with Prince Harry with they’re own button”

      Loving it!!!!!

  28. SourcesclosetoKate says:

    “abdondoned their country” That’s a little much, considering they were practically pushed out cause that little island wasn’t big enough for two princesses. And blind patriotism serves no one if you turn a blind eye to all your country’s shadiness.

  29. Merricat says:

    I think it’s pretty clear that the Cambridges are not up to the task, and further, that Kate has no intention of even attempting the task.

    • Nic919 says:

      It’s been over a month since she even pretended to do any work and that event was attending a carol service. It’s disgraceful really.

      In any case the Cambridges had their chance to build goodwill starting in 2011 but they squandered it with their laziness and general disinterest in their engagements for years . Had they done the work prior to 2017 then Harry and Meghan wouldn’t have taken all the attention. But Harry was the only really popular one because of his charisma and actually doing things like Sentebale and then Invictus.

      It’s too late for the Cambridges to gain popularity. And their actions toward Harry and Meghan caused many to dislike them.

      No amount of Victorian ghost photos will make up for the work they didn’t do for a decade.

      • windyriver says:

        Beautifully stated and succinct. I’ve alluded to this before but am always very wordy and the point gets lost. The Cambridges only started to wake up once Harry and Meghan got together, and by then it was too late.

  30. Sofia says:

    Well yeah thats how it’s supposed to be. The monarch and the consort are the “faces” of the monarchy and the ones who, well, shoulder it all. Being a monarch is not a two person job.

    • Nic919 says:

      That’s what I don’t understand. William was always the direct heir to Charles so he should have been acting like it from day one. This is not something we saw when charles was his age. There was never any discussion of andrew and Fergie being more popular and taking over or that Charles needed help from Andrew for anything.

      Nor were they discussing how Margaret needed to help the Queen.

      There seems to be something they are not telling us about William and likely both Cambridges that would necessitate assistance from Harry and now Meghan.

      • Jais says:

        True nic919. I think maybe it’s bc William is just deeply unpleasant, wants to do some work but not too much and will probably let everything go to shit when he’s in charge through his overall laziness and arrogance. I still wonder that there’s something that’s not being told about William, aside from the affair. It’s such a mystery and I wonder if we will ever actually know. But honestly, he could just be so deeply unpleasant that no one wants to be around him, not his family, not even the royal reporters that sing his praises. Except for Kate, Carole, and his side piece.

      • Tessa says:

        and it’s odd how some spin is that Harry should have “stayed with William” and not married. It was never said that Andrew “should not have married” so he could have “supported” Charles. This makes no sense at all.

      • SueBarbri says:

        Right, Jais. I’ve been a royal watcher for 25 long years now, and the only conclusion to draw from all of this is that William is unpleasant. I keep hammering this point home on CB, but I really do think there’s something going on with his personality that makes the RR reluctant to discuss even the smallest detail about him. Early on they tried to spin it as though he were just shy/reluctant in a George VI sort of way, but I doubt either of those traits would have caused him to push H&M out of the country the way he did.

        This week I’ve read articles about CPB and her dogs and “love of gossip,” and of course we got some information about Kate due to her birthday, etc. Over the years we’ve learned that Charles is a fuddy-duddy who talks to his plants, we’ve learned that QEII loves her corgis and the country, that Harry was a “wild child” who turned into a soldier, and that Meghan is a California yoga enthusiast. Of course none of those descriptions are 100% accurate, but at least there’s something. But I would say that at this point we know less about William than we do about Louis. I think that’s weird.

        There’s something the RR are not saying about William, but I can’t put my finger on it. It’s more than the alleged cheating, etc.

      • Deering24 says:

        I honestly believe William has major emotional problems that, in a sane world, would prevent him from being king. It seems he can’t function unless someone is there to deflect his anger/calm him down—and the BP keep making a fetish of what a virtue such a skill is.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        There is definitely something more being hidden then the cheating stuff. I think there are uncontrollable aspects to Will. Haven’t read this book, in the light of our speculation regarding Will, looks pretty interesting.
        https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/907825.Purple_Secret

      • notasugarhere says:

        Read the letter excerpts from Sir Alan ‘Tommy’ Lascelles, private secretary to the Duke of Windsor before the abdication. He could be describing William.

        I don’t like giving the Fail business, but if you cannot find them elsewhere, it was in an article entitled Prince Charmless: A damning portrait of Edward VIII

        If you subscribe to astrology, William and Edward/Uncle David/Duke of Windsor were born two days and 88 years apart.

      • windyriver says:

        @nota – Portions of that piece call Andrew to mind as well. Pathetic yet at the same time fascinating. Appears the genetic inheritance on the (male) Windsor line very likely includes more than looks. Lascelles in fact briefly touches on this. What a family.

      • Gabby says:

        Perhaps an extremely low IQ bordering on intellectual disability. That would be something worth hiding.

  31. Agreatreckoning says:

    This video will never get old to me.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1zM54UqWD8

  32. CaliFire says:

    These people are so screwed when QEII goes. That’s all I got.

  33. aquarius64 says:

    Jobo’s shade piece shows the collective refusal of the BM’s responsibility for Sussexit. They’re stuck with the Lamebridges who may get a rude awakening if they are stupid enough to come to the US under these circumstances.

    For the Sussexes to come back to the UK even for the private visit with the Queen, this needs to happen:

    Kate acknowledges SHE made Meghan cry any publicly apologizes.

    Meghan is cleared of bullying charges.

    Archie and Lilies get their HRH’s now.

    Lilies is christened at Windsor.

    The households call off their media dogs.

    Since of this will happen I say it’s not going to be a Sussex return.

    • Tessa says:

      Plus William apologizes and Jason Knauf apologizes

    • Amy Bee says:

      aquarius64: Charles has already made it known to the press that Archie and Lili will not get HRHs. Plus as Harry and Meghan live in the US and their children are American, I don’t think they are interested in titles anymore. Lili’s probably christened already and if she’s not it won’t be in the UK because the Palace would have to be involved and I don’t think Harry or Meghan want to have any dealings with them,

  34. Lizzie says:

    Catherine The Great has been listening and learning for a decade and is coming into her own. Dump it all on her ‘safe hands’.

  35. Tessa says:

    No Mr Jobson, Harry and Meghan are not “pariahs” and they are still popular. It is awful how he labels them.

  36. Mslove says:

    If Chuck wants to make the monarchy relevant, he can have the monarchy abolished upon his passing. He will have time to turn palaces into museums and whatever else he wishes. Wouldn’t the public love that? He would be very popular. And it would be a great way to stick it to the keens. Just saying.

  37. ncboudicca says:

    ahahahahaha, having the last photo be H & M smiling was a perfect choice. I love it!

  38. Tessa says:

    Will and Kate are vastly out of touch. Example: William wanting to take the Royal Train Tour in a pandemic and he and Kate not wearing masks.

  39. RoyalBlue says:

    Is that so Jobson? Then the Crown is a lost cause.

  40. Saucy&Sassy says:

    Interesting that he conveniently doesn’t acknowledge that Meghan was suicidal, isn’t it? Instead, it serves his purpose to make this about them being bitter. I think he’s wrong about that. He should have said that Harry was angry to say the very least. Writing this type of article doesn’t convince me that the RRs are changing anything. They want them in the UK so that they can manufacture more stories about them. It hasn’t escaped their notice that H&M have put any media paying attention that there are NO sources speaking for them. I guess they figured out that they could up looking like bigger fools than they already do on the world media stage.

  41. Layla says:

    But..but.. Kaiser, what about “working as hard as a top CEO? How could you forget?!

  42. J ferber says:

    It really irks me plenty that Charles will take action against Archie and Lili Diana to deny them the titles prince and princess. He is stripping his baby grandchildren of titles that belong to them. So VILE.

    • Carolind says:

      The big titles now seem to be only going to the direct line. Edward’s children are not Prince and Princess. Why should Harry’s be? I don’t even think Charlotte and Louis should be Prince and Princess until E2 dies.

  43. Agreatreckoning says:

    “But I fear the monarchy, as we approach the soon-to-be 96-year-old Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, appears a tired institution, dated, in need of renovation, an uplift.”

    And, no, no, no Kate. Do not take Jobson’s use of the words renovation and uplift to justify your use of botox and photoshop.

  44. equality says:

    How do you make it relevant in this century to bow down to certain people as your “betters” because of being born into a certain family, especially when they have proven time and time again what type of people they truly are? How do you make these types of people the head of a church?

  45. CC says:

    They could send out a 5 question survey about how to appear relevant. We’ll hear the results around the same time that Louis can legally drink.

  46. MissMarirose says:

    If this whole house of cards rests on the Cambridges’ work ethic, it’s gonna be a disaster.
    Start stocking up on popcorn now, kids.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Right! LOL. The disclaimers have already been put out that Kate’s going to focus on raising their kids for the next hundred years.

      CB needs to include in the next shop links the Whirley Pop again for the popcorn and the BRF sh*tshow. I didn’t buy it back in July? but bought 2 in December. One as a gift, the other for me/DH. It’s pretty awesome. The person I gifted it to along with coconut oil(the solid kind) and Koepsell’s popcorn seeds(WI) said it was their best made at home popcorn ever. I finally tested it out last week (and followed instructions for the aluminum/ Whirley Pop /flat top stove). Being a little questioning (okay a lot), of most things. I counted the old maid seeds. Do this with gardening too. Loved being proven wrong. At most, 10 unpopped seeds. Sorry for getting carried away about Whirley Pop. It’s fun, cool and worth the hype. Something the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge cannot be honestly accused of.imo

  47. jferber says:

    CC, Thanks for this comment. It’s the only thing that made me smile today.

  48. Saucy&Sassy says:

    Okay, I see what this is about. Bones can now demand a crown to wear no matter how heavy it is.

  49. Christine says:

    “And before Meghan, Harry was regarded as the most popular royal, whose work with AIDS and helping ex service personnel much lauded.”

    He still is, and he gets to do all his work with his wife, who is equally amazing. AND they aren’t in your orbit anymore, which is actually your problem. Just get used to the fact that you tossed both of them off of a continent, and they aren’t coming back.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Wow @ Christine. Your comment is the truth. Jobson IS trying to underscore the interest and popularity Meghan enhanced to Harry on a f*cking global level. Years ago, my interest in the BRF, held to Diana. Not in a social media way obvs. I’ll be honest, never was a big fan of the BRF as a whole.. But, before Harry met Meghan, loved Michael K’s stories about Hot Harry on a Horse. Dude looked cool and made the BRF interesting to some extent. Then, he was with Meghan. A graduate of Northwestern University, beautiful, intelligent, charismatic, work ethic..who actually did things that mattered-regardless of her earning $ from her acting career. Meghan, dating Harry, generated an interest in the BRF on a global level. Harry & Meghan made the BRF look cool, modern and hard working.

      The BRF hopes now seem dependent upon the high school prom king & queen characters from Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion, Shallow people who don’t care about anyone else.

  50. Cottage Cat says:

    Can’t see comments under any articles posted, will keep trying

  51. Cottage Cat says:

    Have got to the point where I’m wondering what on earth do the limelight-loving mediocre Middletons and their wife-beating slob of a relative, Uncle Gary, have on the Windsors. As a lifelong Monarchist, l say, abolish the lot.

  52. Agreatreckoning says:

    Heavy is the heart of the taxpayer that is supporting the British Royal Family that gives zero f$cks about people they see as less then them.

    The only heavy burden Kate carries is the weight of her wiglets and William’s affairs. But, sure, praise her for her doing nothing.

    Question, like the amazing obstacle course Harry vs. William, is their a side by side of Meghan vs. Kate’s speeches? Like intelligence vs. intelligible. No notes vs. notes. Asking for a friend.

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