By Christos Zampounis
Eidith is the features editor at “Tatler”. We’re having tea at Claridge’s and discussing the next story she’s commissioned me to write. Mykonos confidential. When we finish business, we grab the royals. It’s my turn to ask her questions, and one of her answers makes a particular impression on me. She likes Meghan and believes she had the right to choose the life she wanted. In a country like the UK, where the American actress is seen as the embodiment of evil by the majority of its inhabitants, this is a heretical view. There hasn’t been a poll since she took Harry and they left London that doesn’t condemn her to the Tartarus. Eidith, of course, has the peculiarity of being from Scotland, so perhaps there is something of the Stewart dynasty in her blood. In a joint statement, Buckingham Palace and the House of Sussex announced that only Harry would be attending the coronation of King Charles III on 6 May.
The excuse given for his wife’s absence from the ceremony was linked to Prince Archie’s birthday on the very same day. Hmm. Perhaps there is another reason. The booing, the booing, literally and figuratively. Already since her last attendance at Elizabeth’s funeral, the former star of the TV series “Suits” had received a barrage of negative comments from the British press. Charles’ decision to ban her from going to Balmoral Castle, where England’s longest-serving queen passed away, widened the rift between the two sides. As an independent and dynamic woman, Meghan was in no mood to suffer further humiliation. Instead, she “made” her husband negotiate for weeks over which row he would sit in Westminster Abbey and whether he would be allowed to exit to the balcony. On the other hand, it is hard to deny that her appearance would have been a distraction, thereby overshadowing the most important moment in her father-in-law’s life. At the same time, rumours of a separation of the couple have been circulating, which of course, no well-meaning person wants. Especially feminists like Eidith.