Duchess Meghan was advised to be ‘fifty percent less’ than she was in 2018

There are two more parts of the Oprah interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex which should be highlighted. These two parts didn’t actually make the primetime special, because it’s become clear that Oprah spoke to Harry and Meghan AT LENGTH and she likely has enough material for yet another two-hour special. In unaired clips, Oprah describes Duchess Meghan telling her that the Palace wanted Meghan to be “50 percent less” in 2018. And Meghan also spoke to Oprah about the issue of “privacy.”

The advice Meghan was given in 2018: “In 2018 she [Meghan] had just joined the Royal Family. She shared a conversation with me then that really made me feel somewhat disheartened because she said she had been told, been given advice…that it would be best if she could be ’50 percent less’ than she was. That was the quote,” Oprah told anchor Gayle King. “I remember hearing that in 2018 and said specifically to her, ‘I don’t know how you’re going to survive being half of yourself.’

Meghan on privacy: “I think everyone has a basic right to privacy. Basic. We’re not talking about anything that anybody else wouldn’t expect. If you’re at work and you have a photograph of your child on your desk, and your coworker says, ‘Oh, my gosh, your kid’s so cute. That’s fantastic! Can I see your phone so I can see all the pictures of your child?’ You go, ‘No. This is the picture I’m comfortable sharing with you,’” Meghan said. Meghan went on to add to the analogy to show the lengths that photographers went to invade her own privacy. “And then if they double down and say, ‘No, but you already showed me that one. So you have to show me everything. You know what, I’m just gonna hire someone to sit in front of your house, or hide in the bushes and take pictures into your backyard, because you’ve lost your right to privacy…because you shared one image with me.”

The false narrative: Ultimately, Meghan said, she and Harry were not asking for complete privacy, nor were they cordoning themselves from their roles as public figures, as some have claimed. “They’ve created a false narrative. I’ve never talked about privacy,” Meghan said. Instead, she said, the couple was just asking to share the “parts of their lives” they were “comfortable” with giving the public access to—just like the rest of us. “There’s no one who’s on Instagram or social media that would say, ‘Because I shared this one picture, that entitles you to have my entire camera roll. Go ahead and look through it.’ No one would want that. So it’s about boundaries. And it’s about respect.”

[From E! News and Oprah Magazine]

The 50% thing is… very telling. They were terrified that Meghan was going to hit the ground running, work hard and get all of the attention. That’s all it was: pure jealousy, pure spite at the thought of this industrious, beautiful, intelligent American woman outshining all of the dull white folks. As for the privacy thing… what Meghan says makes perfect sense. The cries from Britons about “Meghan invading her own privacy” were always idiotic. And as many have pointed out, Meghan and Harry AT NO POINT said they were asking for complete privacy. As the Oprah interview made clear, they were always happy to share information and photos on their own terms.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, WENN.

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