The Battle of Agincourt started with a volley of arrows fired by the depleted English forces, while Napoleon’s forces kicked off Battle of Waterloo just before lunchtime (rude, no?) with an artillery bombardment.
But who needs the weaponry in 2021 when we have People?
This week, after a period of unusual peace and quiet on the royal front, skirmishes resumed with lawyers being called in after a new report in the American weekly, which has resurrected the face-off between Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Buckingham Palace over claims of royal racism.
On August 31, which will also be the 24th anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales’ death, the updated edition of the firmly pro-Sussex biography Finding Freedom is set to be released. Hence, Omid Scobie, one of the title’s authors is back on the PR hustings.
Audiences got their first taste of what fresh PR misery might be in store for the palace’s courtiers courtesy of this week’s People cover story which features an interview with Scobie.
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In the piece, he alleges that Harry and Meghan had felt that Her Majesty had failed to take “full ownership” of the racism allegations they had raised during their prime time outpouring.
(In March, the Duchess claimed that there had been “conversations about how dark” her unborn son’s skin colour might be and that racism from the tabloid press had been a “large part” of why they decided to leave the UK. The Queen’s response to the allegations was a sparse 61-words in length, saying in part, “The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”)
Scobie and co-author Carolyn Durand, per People, write in the new edition of Freedom: “The Queen’s ‘recollections may vary’ comment ‘did not go unnoticed’ by the couple, who a close source said were ‘not surprised’ that full ownership was not taken.”
They quote “a pal of Meghan” as saying: “Months later and little accountability has been taken. How can you move forward with that?”
Hear that sound? That’s the bandage being ripped off the still-raw wound that is the racism allegations Meghan has previously levelled at the palace.
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To be clear here, it is not the Sussexes themselves reopening this particular Pandora’s box.