From the spring of this year through to the close of summer, the UK press, with the exception of the Guardian, have mounted a campaign of vilification and gotcha moments of the Sussexes to the exclusion of anything the other royals have done, even including the obnoxious Prince Andrew. Prince Andrews’s association with Jeffrey Epstein and the allegation of what he did to an underage girl, even when the abused is alive and gone on television to accuse him again, has not received the kind of stupid and outrageous abuse that have been heaped on the Sussexes.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge used a private plane to carry their family in and out of a Caribbean Island holiday. There was no murmur, absolutely nothing. He is also outspoken on climate change. Yet nothing whatsoever from the mouth foaming self appointed “watchdogs” of the Sussexes. The Cambridges only news event was to organise the farce of a flight in a commercial plane to Scotland, just to placate the usual crazy nonentity gang abusing the Sussexes.
The Sussexes are now touring South Africa and by all accounts, is going rather very well, just like it did last year in Australia, Fiji. Tonga and New Zealand.
Back in November last year, the newspapers, either on advice or by their churlish and tawdry standards, decided to sabotage the good news generated by the global news coverage of the royal tour. Immediately after the tour, the fat slob royal reporter from the London Evening Standard leaked a big lie about the Duchess of Sussex requesting to wear a particular tiara and being told by the Monarch to wear whatever is given. This was a fabrication as anyone, who went to see the exhibition of the wedding dress at Windsor Castle, would have noticed. The Duke and the Duchess both narrated behind the scenes of what went on. Both of them went to see the Monarch, to pick up a tiara with the Duke admitting he should not have been there, but was too excited to stay away. There were just the Monarch, her grandson and the bride to be. There was no “courtier”, “palace insider” or any slime-ball to leak to that fat slob. Yet that started the rolling negative stories. Unfortunately that was followed swiftly by Camilla “Hound dog Face” Tominey’s made up a story about the Duchess requesting and being refused to spray air fresheners in the historical church just before the wedding, because it smelt of damp and making Duchess of Cambridge cry. She said in an interview then, she had cross checked her stories with a “Palace insider” and was correct. The usual fall back position of these liars. Of course that was enough to generate some “tut tut” and condemnations from some royal supporters and some gullible citizens and the general news media across the globe.
The tabloids and conservative newspapers were apoplectic, when the Sussexes chose not to show their new child on the steps of whatever hospital they chose for the birth of then unknown child. They chose another attack tactic with unfounded stories that, an assistant to the Duchess had resigned, because she was too difficult to work with, that she sent e-mails at 5 am and others had resigned too. So far, no one has interviewed the assistant to know why she quit. I am sure the gutter press has dangled money in front of her for exclusive scoop and not worked. Simply because the Duchess did nothing wrong, which is the painful aspect of what happened late last year and early this year. The royal security detail, who went on the Australia tour with them was also withdrawn by the security services, but the newspapers blamed the Duchess, even though she was not employed by the Royal Family. That was crass reporting by the press, as that officer left the Metropolitan Police altogether. Nothing to do with the Duchess.
Another senior official, who was included in the count, although on a temporary placement, is still with the Sussexes for the past eighteen months and could be seen with them in South Africa. The Duchess’s last assistant, Amy, who left in the Spring immediately Master Archive was born, was with her at the launch of the Smart Set capsules to lend her support. She left her job for a good personal reason, not because the Duchess is difficult to work for.
Having abused the Duchess earlier in the year for cradling her bump and all sorts of offences, it should have come as no surprise that the royal reporters were ignored from anything to do with the birth and christening. Their cry that the Sussexes used tax payers money to renovate Frogmore Cottage and therefore are entitled to be invited to the christening was as childish as a child taking his ball home, because he could not dominate the kick about.
The Cottage was earmarked to be renovated anyway, whether it was allocated to the Sussexes or not. The much talked about renovation cost was paid from the Sovereign Fund, which is money the Monarch receives back from the Government for a chunky lump of tax the Monarch pays to the Government. The fund is basically for maintenance of royal buildings in the UK and not for spending on the lifestyle of the Royal Family members.
The Monarch and Prince Charles pay for the costs of running the new Household of the Sussexes, as they do for the Cambridges. So they do not get money from the tax payers contrary to what some journalists and some misguided nincompoops still do portray. Their intention was to whip up enmity against the Sussexes and nothing else. Their South African Royal Tour is at the request of the British Government. The Government therefore has to pick up the tabs. We should remember that the Sussexes are not paid civil servants. They live on the Duke’s army retirement pension and their savings. Prince Charles pays for their clothing expenses.
I have rambled on a bit above, because of what some British journalists are rabbiting on today, Sunday. They are claiming the Royal South Africa Tour is going well, because the Sussexes have now employed a powerful team of public relations experts, who are advising and keeping them from pitfalls. They are also doing so to turn around problems they, the journos, created in the first place. What utter bunkum.
They have skated over the success of the guest editing of the British Vogue and the planning and execution of the Smart Set capsule and helping to furnish a new home. All done quietly whilst the Duchess was pregnant and the subsequent birth of Master Archie.
The Sussexes are not doing anything different from what they did during their royal tour last autumn. The difference this time around is, the Sussex Team is tightly organised on the tour. They also have their own channel to filter their own news stories and the most important bit, there are no sleeping enemies to leak or make up stories as happened at Kensington Palace.
The journalists – royal reporters or not – are flailing about terribly to write anything negative and okay news about the Sussexes royal tour and are failing miserably. They have resorted to references to the cost of Frogmore Cottage, the high summer private planes and the staff members they claim left, because of the Duchess.
The Sussexes, made a good sensible decision to leave Kensington Palace to start family life in Windsor Castle. They have a new exciting management team chosen by themselves in place and not inherited staff, as the Duchess did. It can only get better going forward.