Sam Leith on Harry’s speech.

‘Sam Leith is literary editor of The Spectator’ what better credential for this hatched-job on Harry ? Its shameless a-historicism, a monument to the publishers David and Frederick Barclay commitment to the Royals, as the subject of a necessary Feudal Nostalgia, that holds together this former Empire?
Its as if the arresting object lesson of Diana had been subject to a maladroit Stalinist erasure? Or should I resort to my own childhood remembrance of  Princess Margaret and Group Captain Peter Townsend romance , as a story of the failed aspiration to freedom of a Royal, who lacked the courage to marry for love? My remembrance steeped in American newspaper/television melodrama of the time?

Princess Margaret became a Jet-Setter who spent a life , not unlike the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, in utter aimlessness, allied to cynical bitterness, expressed as anger over being treated as if she were not Royalty, by the lesser beings who dared to address her as an equal! Keeping company with Movie Stars like Jack Nicholson, and Patrician Rebel Gore Vidal, were her paltry compensation for her lack of courage.




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