“Royal commentator” Penny Junor has been around a long time. She’s always talking sh-t about someone, usually the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but not exclusively so. She recently said some shady things about William and Kate copying the Sussexes’ playbook, which was pretty funny. I also heard a weird rumor – which I won’t repeat – about why Junor is such a big fan of Prince Charles. That’s how her commentary should be read though – Junor providing the most sympathetic portrayal of Charles, at the expense of everyone else. Which is why her comments to the Daily Mail are so… odd.
Meghan and Harry ‘lobbed a huge bomb into the heart of the institution’ with their bombshell accusations to Oprah Winfrey, a royal expert has claimed. Royal biographer Penny Junor also said the couple betrayed the royal family and caused lasting damage to the monarchy in the year since they quit as senior royals.
Ms Junor said: ‘When Harry and Meghan left a year ago people were surprised and disappointed because they were a great pair. Harry was a hugely-popular royal and Meghan was a great asset to the family. A year on, I think a lot of people are really angry and think that they have betrayed their family and lobbed a huge bomb into the heart of the institution and sort of taken a swipe at the UK as well.’
Ms Junor described the crisis as worse than the abdication of Edward VIII.
‘The circumstances are very different. Edward VIII was pushed out, whereas Harry and Meghan chose to leave – but I think this is more damaging,’ she said. ‘It looked as if Edward’s abdication was going to damage the monarchy, but in fact, it didn’t because his brother was ready to step into his shoes, and George VI did a really good job and restored the reputation of the monarchy.’
She added of the Oprah interview: ‘These are really terrible accusations that will stick.’
Ms Junor suggested that King’s disclosure would have an indelible impact on Harry’s relationship with his family. ‘The fact that the gist of that conversation was broadcast is a terrible betrayal of trust. I don’t know how the whole problem will be resolved because Harry has demonstrated that he’s not trustworthy, and that if the royal family make any approach to him, if he doesn’t like what they say, the chances are it’s going to be on global television.’
[From The Daily Mail]
Is she actually saying what I think she’s saying? “The circumstances are very different. Edward VIII was pushed out, whereas Harry and Meghan chose to leave – but I think this is more damaging…It looked as if Edward’s abdication was going to damage the monarchy, but in fact, it didn’t because his brother was ready to step into his shoes.” So… why is the Sussexit worse than the abdication again? Is it because the sixth in line to the throne leaving behind a toxic, abusive soap opera has suddenly shed light on how Charles and William are incapable of being kings? That they needed Harry to hide behind and abuse and the whole house of cards is falling apart in his absence? That seems to be what she’s saying, rather bizarrely. I guess she could be speaking about William specifically and not Charles – as in, William isn’t capable of being king without his brother there to hide behind. Also, these people continue to be mega-salty about the very IDEA that Harry and Meghan could choose to call them out at any moment, that H&M have their own voices, their own team, their own media base. LOL.
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