Are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex winning their battles with the tabloids and some broadsheet newspapers, whose conservative journalists have made it their ambition to criticise the Duchess for whatever she did and in the process drive her out of her marriage? They are in a way.
Since the Sussexes’ sued the three tabloids and the broadcasting of their documentary, there has been a sea change in certain parts of the news media. They have stayed their false and libelous stories for now. Meanwhile, there has been support for the Duchess from a number of areas, including 73 women Members of the outgoing Parliament. The Duchess’s journalist friend from the conservative Daily Telegraph last week followed the Duchess to a charity, which trains and supports women, who have been vulnerable and gone through terrible hardships to bake cakes and run their own small businesses. The Duchess is a strong supporter of this charity and featured them in her guest editorship of the September issue of the British Vogue.
The Duchess was invited to the opening of a new and bigger branch of the charity in another part of London following the strong support they have received from her. The charity is making great strides since the Duchess became an unofficial patron.
The Sussexes have gone about their duties unfazed by that documentary and reactions to it. The support garnered from that across the globe is tremendous and spirit enriching. Their engagements since then, have been hearty and encouraging. Of course, their enemies (reporters) have followed and reported on them, nonetheless. They are the box office, after all.
The most encouraging aspect of the last three weeks has been silencing the ‘dirty brigade’ (contaminated journalists). First, their sources of ‘Palace insiders and courtiers’ fake stories about the Duchess have dried up. When they separated from the Royal Foundation and moved homes, the scope for all those silly stories died out. No more planted fake stories. We all now know the stories emanated from the Cambridges household. Even after the documentary, they fed their ‘dirty tabloid brigade’ stories about the Sussexes being ‘frozen out’ by the rest of the Royal Family and the Duke of Sussex’s senior brother expressing his worry about the Sussexes’. These stories were made up and served on a royal plate to those goons.
Anyone who follows the Royal Family would know that it is nigh impossible for the Monarch and Prince Charles to ‘freeze out’ the only members of their family, who can reach parts of the society they reign over than any other royal. The Sussexes can waltz into any bit of society in any part of the world and engage at every level successfully. Their royal tours and local engagements have proven that.
It is a height of jealousy that the second in line to the throne feels the sixth heir and his wife have overshadowed them so much so, they have become a threat, and should be vilified silly to take the shine off their star billing. In a roundabout sort of way, it is the second heir, the Duke of Sussex should be concerned about. The Duke of Cambridge and his wife exhibit a high degree of insecurity, which the Sussexes, despite newspaper abuse, have not displayed.
The Sussexes have gone about their duties with determination and purpose. They have not engaged in any retaliation, that would surely have been my preference and most of the Sussex Squaddies’. They have inadvertently left the Squaddies all over the world, to take the battles to the Cambridges and their enemies in the news media. At the moment the battles are on pause, but we have to be vigilant and pounce once they start again.