an icy welcome to the lands of Meghan and Harry

The Prince and Princess of Wales were coldly received in the United States, where Meghan and Harry reign over the hearts of Americans.

Although fed, the applause doesn’t cover the boos. Having just arrived in Boston on November 30, the Prince and Princess of Wales did not receive the fiery welcome they had hoped for. At the stadium where they come to watch a basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat, their presence is not to everyone’s taste. As their faces appear on the big screen, some protests rise from the stands. We hear shouts of “USA! USA!”, a nice way of saying “you don’t belong here”.

Eight years ago, Kate and William had not set foot in the United States. An eternity, since Windsor’s life has since been turbulent: the last time, in December 2014, Elizabeth II was alive, the Duke of Edinburgh was also alive, and Prince Harry did not know about the existence of Meghan Markle. This is where the problem lies. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have been in exile in the United States since 2020, enjoy unfailing popularity there, unlike in Britain, where their sympathy has declined.

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By planning this trip to the US, did Kate and William know they were now playing the part of the bad guys there?

The true romance of this charming prince who fell in love with a TV series actress makes Americans dream. Especially since this “power couple” has decided to disown his former clan, which he considers dusty. Crown rebels have always found sanctuary in the United States. Lady Di herself considered this country a second homeland. Recently, the princesses Martha Louise of Norway, Madeleine of Sweden or even Mako of Japan decided to start a new life there, far from conventions.

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The meeting between two dynasties, December 2. With Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and her children, Jack and Tatiana, at the museum dedicated to her father, President John F. Kennedy

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Even the big unpacking of the sussex on Oprah Winfrey’s sofa in March 2021 did not tarnish their image with the 17 million American viewers. On the contrary, this interview set them up as heroes in the fight against patriarchal values. The New World Against the Old: The Manichean Plan, all found, is worthy of a Hollywood movie. By planning this trip to the US, postponed for three months due to the Queen’s death, did Kate and William know they were now playing the part of the bad guys there?

George, Charlotte and Louis are finally not on the trip

This November 30, the picture is far from idyllic. Drizzling rain greets the Prince and Princess of Wales on the tarmac at Boston Logan Airport. Only the sapphire earrings worn by Kate – a precious heirloom from Lady Di – brighten this gray afternoon. George, Charlotte and Louis are finally not on the trip – priority at school – as we were only waiting for them. And if the mayor of the city, Michelle Wu, looks good, the municipal team is not in line: on Twitter, a councilor criticized the arrival of these guests, certainly prestigious, but too embarrassing.

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Meanwhile, Kate visits students at the prestigious Harvard University.

Meanwhile, Kate visits students at the prestigious Harvard University.

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And on their arrival, Wales must face another storm from England, which they had nevertheless left just hours earlier: accusations of racism, which have been targeted at Buckingham Palace. More specifically, Lady Susan Hussey, former lady-in-waiting to Elizabeth II and godmother to Prince William, who at a reception held the day before by Queen Consort Camilla insistently asked one of the participants, Ngozi Fulani, responsible for an association supporting black victims of domestic violence , “where she came from precisely in Africa”. “She tried to make me really question my British citizenship,” Ngozi Fulani tweeted in shock.

Another storm from England

A testimony conveyed by the British media, which happens at the worst time, when Charles III wants to rule over a progressive and inclusive institution. From Boston, the spokesman for the Prince of Wales had to explain: “Racism has no place in our society. These comments are unacceptable.” But the damage was done. Above all, this unfortunate story revives Meghan and Harry’s explosive statements in front of Oprah Winfrey: They then claimed that a member of the royal family – unnamed – had been concerned about the skin color of their future child would get.

High quality tribute.  On Kate's neck, an art deco jewel, in diamond and emerald, which belonged to Queens Mary and Elizabeth II, then to Diana.  For the presentation of the Earthshot award, on December 1.

High quality tribute. On Kate’s neck, an art deco jewel, in diamond and emerald, which belonged to Queens Mary and Elizabeth II, then to Diana. For the presentation of the Earthshot award, on December 1.

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In Britain, the Sussexes no longer supported their eternal supporting role, but in the United States they are kings of their realm. They have also made it clear to Kate and William that with this trip they were embarking on a private hunt. For them the hour of revenge had come. On December 1, Wales was awakened by the trailer for the series “Harry & Meghan”, produced by Netflix and the Sussexes themselves. A sultry soap opera soap opera broadcast from December 8 by the streaming giant. The short teaser minute broadcast on social networks heralds overlapping revelations. “No one knows what happens when the doors close,” a tearful Harry said, before adding: “I had to do everything to protect my family.”

Kate looks stunning in an apple green dress, rented for less than £190, in a ‘recycling effort’

That this trailer is released on the second day of William and Kate’s trip to the United States is no coincidence. It is the unrelenting battle in a relentless communications war that Sussex and Wales have been waging for many months. In the “Daily Telegraph”, a source close to the palace confirms that the trailer was deliberately put up at this very moment to put the two couples in competition. Enough to embarrass Kate and William, who according to royal expert Richard Eden would be “genuinely disgusted by what they saw in this video”. The only image in which they appear, in black and white, closed faces, tight music, seems unflattering to them.

The small Windsor kitchen is, among other things, the pictures of the couple in exile

The small Windsor kitchen is, among other things, the images of the couple in exile in “Harry & Meghan”, their six-episode documentary series, which is broadcast on Netflix.

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These adventures have not made Wales forget the reason for their stay: on the evening of December 2, the spotlight was on them for the Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony. An award created on the initiative of William in 2020. Each year it rewards concrete solutions to combat global warming. In addition to the winners, the MGM Music Hall in Boston was crowded with celebrities including David Beckham, Cate Blanchett, Annie Lennox and Billie Eilish. But the real star of the night was Kate, stunning in an apple green dress, rented for less than £190, in an attempt to “recycle”.

Who would have thought that Lady Di’s two sons, once inseparable, would one day ignore each other to such an extent?

Successful seduction operation? A few hours earlier, William had met the US president to talk about the environment and exchange memories of Elizabeth II. “A warm and friendly discussion,” according to their spokespeople. “This trip was a success,” says Patrick Jephson, the former private secretary to Lady Diana, author of “The Meghan Factor”. Impeccably executed, it received positive coverage and resulted in a one-on-one with Joe Biden, which is important .”

Three days in the US, certainly busy, but not a minute to see Meghan and Harry… Who would have thought that Lady Di’s two sons, once inseparable, would one day ignore each other at this time? To hear from his younger brother, William will have to wait to watch the documentary series on Netflix or read his autobiography “Spare” (“The Substitute” in French). On January 10, the book, which heralds new twists, will be in bookstores worldwide. On the Buckingham Palace side, we are preparing to fight back.

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