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Bill Collins
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Posted: 11 January 2020 at 2:12pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Peter wrote "Prince Edward tried his hand at running a
television production company, but it didn't do very
well and he ended up coming back to full-time royal
duties"

Does he actually perform ANY royal duties?

As a Brit i really couldn`t care less what they do, as
long as whatever it is isn`t rammed down our throats by
the fawning media.
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Posted: 11 January 2020 at 3:30pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Well hopefully then Bill, you don't buy any of the papers in the Royal Rota or visit their websites.
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Posted: 11 January 2020 at 3:37pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I live where they have been hiding out (Meghan is here now, not with me personally but a couple stone's throws away) and the number of foreign press and trucks has been wacky. I wish nobody would ever buy any of the tabloid things, or probably even these celebrity gossip magazines, they are a pox on civilization!

Peter Cook had a routine as E.L. Wisty making fun of how people find every little thing a 'royal' does of interest. Who knows that the Easter Island civilization which wiped itself out didn't come to be dominated by this sort of celebrity obsessed culture? Maybe that's what those big heads were about... :^)


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Posted: 11 January 2020 at 4:49pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

"Does he actually perform ANY royal duties?"

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He visited my high school in '87!
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Posted: 11 January 2020 at 9:36pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

On the CBC News website right now, 3 times as many people are reading about Meghan and Harry as they are about the deaths of over 50 Canadian citizens on the Ukraine Air flight that was shot down.  Get a life people.  
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Posted: 12 January 2020 at 2:37am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I don't give even as much as two shits about the royals.  Don't understand why they still make news, but then again a Kardashian literally shits and it's front page headlines so what do I know? 
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Posted: 12 January 2020 at 3:04am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

It’s sad to me. And I care because it’s less about “The Royals®” and more about how screwed in the head our society remains.

It’s been 2020 for barely a week.  And in this ‘modern’ time people still....STILL give other people hell over the skin color of the person they love.

Reading about the crap that they (she) has endured since their marriage....I don’t blame them for catching the first thing smoking and removing themselves from that toxic bullshit.

Bravo to them.  I wish them well.

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@Dave:

I'd take the claims that criticism of Meghan is motivated by racism with a pinch of salt. It may be a contributory factor to some people, but, to most, criticism seems to be grounded in a perception - rightly or wrongly - that Meghan, and, due to her influence, Harry, have been a bit preachy and self-righteous.
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I'd take the claims that criticism of Meghan is motivated by racism with a pinch of salt. It may be a contributory factor to some people, but, to most, criticism seems to be grounded in a perception - rightly or wrongly - that Meghan, and, due to her influence, Harry, have been a bit preachy and self-righteous.

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Why do you think those are two separate things?
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@Michael:

I’ve no reason to believe otherwise. As I posted above, racism may have been a contributory factor to some people’s dislike of Meghan, but I really don’t think that it’s been the principle, or even a, factor for most.

Remember when Meghan married Harry, and the streets of the UK were lined with people burning their Union Flags in protest? No, me neither. People were glued to their telly, and there was so much good will, not just towards Meghan and Harry, but towards the Royal Family as a whole – the latter seen as an accepting, forward looking institution rather than a fusty old relic of a bygone time.

I know little about Meghan Markle, but given her estrangement from her father, and strained relationship with her half-sister, is it possible that she just has a knack for rubbing people up the wrong way?

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There`s been no mass racism against her in the UK, she
has been welcomed with open arms by the majority.
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That's the way I see it also, Bill.

The British press are frequently hounding bastards,
though, and I do have sympathy in this area -- even
warned of what it might be like, it's not difficult to
envisage that the reality proved to be unexpectedly
overwhelming. That said, I would like to think they
could have found a solution that didn't involve
ditching the nation.

The idea of a Royal family is something with roots in
a different age, but the idea of a head of state is
not. Every country has a head of state, and a Royal
family and a head of state both have something
fundamentally in common -- national identity.

From where I sit, Meghan Markle was welcomed more by
the British public than Melania Trump has been by the
American public. When you opt to join a national
institution like the Royal family, I don't think you
can be too surprised if there's some friction when you
subsequently announce you don't want to live in that
country and you're taking a couple of significant
players in the line of succession to the throne with
you
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