Princess Diana’s Former Aide Rudely Implies the Sussexes Want the “Shallow Flattery” of Celebs

Mehera Bonner
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Princess Diana’s Former Aide Rudely Implies the Sussexes Want the “Shallow Flattery” of Celebs
Princess Diana’s Former Aide Rudely Implies the Sussexes Want the “Shallow Flattery” of Celebs

From Cosmopolitan

  • Princess Diana’s former private secretary Patrick Jephson is seemingly criticizing Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

  • Jephson said “some of today’s royal family” prefer “the ego rush of the world stage.”

The Crown’s brand-new and highly dramatic fourth season has cast an even more giant spotlight on the royal family, and now Princess Diana’s former private secretary Patrick Jephson is weighing in.

In a piece for the Daily Mail (via Newsweek), Jephson voiced concern over members of the royal family trying to “live like Diana”—seemingly referencing Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

“The temptation for some of today’s royal family is to live like Diana after Panorama, no longer anchored to the humdrum concerns of British subjects, preferring the ego rush of the world stage and the shallow flattery of the international rich and famous. As perhaps her younger son, Harry, has discovered, you can escape the palace but finding relevance and respect as just another celebrity is much, much harder. So much easier to take the shortcut: keep lawyers and PR wizards on retainer and preach platitudes to the unenlightened masses.”

He added, “Pretty soon, you have crossed the line from setting a good example—all a member of the royal family really has to do—to setting yourself up as an expert in public policy without the trouble of winning an election.”

Yikes. This seems pretty harsh. Meghan and Harry certainly are not “preaching platitudes” nor do they claim to be experts in public policy. What they are doing is encouraging people to vote, speaking out about racial injustice, and using their significant platforms to help others. Next!

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