The one where June gets really mad at Prince Charles

I just caught myself having an intense discussion with the Grays. They were both sitting on the dryer, looking at me rather accusingly. Even ol’ One-Eye was. I explained my side of things. On the washer next to them, Forest was zestfully eating his can.

“You both have sensitive stomachs,” I said. “Lily, you know you throw up.” At this, Lily kind of looked down. She knew of what I spoke. “So I spent a LOT of money, a LOT, you two, on dry food for you, and Forest, see —” [here I couldn’t help but pet Forest’s fine figure] “he’s young, and canned food is important for male cats; the vet said. So that’s why I want you two to eat the dry and not bug Forest when he’s eating his can.”

Anyway, it was somewhere in the middle of this soliloquy that I realized I’ve flipped my lid. Facebook memories showed me today that it was exactly a year ago that my friend Marianne came to see me, from Charlotte, and that was my last official unmasked visitor who actually came inside. I mean, Ned came to see me for the major holidays this year. But I don’t think of him as a visitor and he’s not been able to come here since January because they made him go back to work and most people there don’t believe in masks.

So I’m now having impassioned discussions with my cats and I guess we all saw that coming.

But that’s not why I’ve gathered you all here on the washer and dryer today. I was GONNA talk about the dumb things I did this weekend, which involved changing the stuff on my mantle, washing the floor, and even doing a spot of laundry and AREN’T YOU SAD I didn’t choose THAT to discuss.

No. What I’ve gathered you here to discuss is Meghan Markle, which makes me not original because at least in MY feeds it’s everywhere. But as you know, when Harry first got engaged to her, I was delighted. First of all, I find her very pretty and very pretty goes a long way with me. I realize this is not something I should brag about but I’m not bragging, I’m just telling you one of the ways I am sort of awful. Like, Scarlett O’Hara. Rotten human. But so pretty! I can overlook her rotten homewrecker slappin’ slaves personality because look at that eyebrow arch!

Look, I know, OK?

So, I enjoyed that she was pretty, and when I learned her mom was Black and her dad was white I thought, “Oh, this is wonderful! What a breath of fresh air she’ll be!” And like an idiot, because I like the Royal Family (and they aren’t even pretty! Well. Kate is. And she’s my FAVORITE.) I assumed they were unracist and also thought. “Oh, what a fine fresh scent we have here! We can mix up the dull pasty royal lineage with a person of color!”

I really thought that. As I am an idiot.

Also, I know someone who knows Meghan Markle. They worked together back before MM was famous. This friend of mine hasn’t wanted me to discuss it at all because she still has ties to MM in a way and didn’t want to screw up her job. But she

H_A_T_E_S

Meghan Markle with the fire of a thousand suns.

Now, I know my friend well and she gets angrily bent out of shape about people, so I took this info with a grain of salt, and every time she’d go off on a tangent, I’d say, “I don’t know. I kinda like her.”

But then I didn’t. MM seemed fussy, and she seemed controlling, she never took her damn hand off her damn stomach when she was pregnant, and then she made Harry leave. That’s how I saw it. She made him leave. And when my friend would call and we’d get on the MM topic, I was hating her right along with my friend.

Then last night I watched that Oprah special where she interviewed Harry and Meghan. And I don’t have TV. So I had to contort myself, and sign up for stuff I didn’t want to then quickly cancel it after, but I got to watch it. And here’s the thing.

I don’t think I’d like her in real life. She seems humorless. She seems like the kind of person who purses her lips and stops you in the middle of a hilarious routine on your hair or your rounded abdomen, just to throw a few random examples out there. She seems like the type who’d stop you and say, “You should really love yourself.” She seems like the kind of person who’d say self-care unironically.

I abhor strident love-yourself people. I enjoy my own self just fine. Don’t preach at me and for god’s sake, don’t be humorless. You know who I like? Anne Lamott. She does really have self-esteem and she loves herself just fine, but she’s hilarious about it. That’s the type of woman I enjoy.

So, I don’t think MM and I would be friends, particularly because I’d always be trying to take Harry from her, whom I adore.

But I HAVE changed my stance on her after watching last night. And if you haven’t watched it, I sort of don’t want to hear it from you. I already know your tired old “she knew what she was getting into” lines.

Once she said the family expressed concerns that Archie would be dark-skinned, I sat up.

Once she said she no longer wanted to live, and knew those thoughts were dangerous so she asked for help and THEY SAID NO, I saw, “Oh, that’s it.” They seriously didn’t care if she lived or died. And they weren’t going to provide Archie his own security, so they didn’t care if HE lived or died, either.

Nope. That’s when I noped right out of being on the side of the royals. And it sounds like it wasn’t really the queen. They both spoke so highly of the queen. It sounds like it might’ve been other family members, or the men in gray suits who are really in charge, the ones Diana talked about.

Anyway, I have changed my tune. I support them leaving. Oh, and when I heard Charles stopped returning Harry’s phone calls and cut him off financially in the middle of a pandemic and they had no security team because the family took it away? And Harry asked, “Does this mean the threats are lessened”? and they said, Oh, no. You guys have death threats all over the place. Bye!

Oh, I’m mad.

So that’s the way it is, Monday, March 8, maybe? Is it March 8? Hooo care. Every day is the same. Except today there are royal things.

–June

67 thoughts on “The one where June gets really mad at Prince Charles

  1. So many people are saying Meghan didn’t have anything to be depressed about and it is literally making my heart race.
    I’ve never deleted a Facebook friend over politics, but when it comes to mental health, I’m pretty outspoken.

    I had some pretty harsh words with several people (on my own page and in private messages—not their pages) about saying she couldn’t possibly be suicidal.

    I feel like I could fight someone over that topic. As you can tell it is a personal hot button issue, but I can’t believe the ignorance of some people!

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  2. I like MM. But I don’t take what she said as the gospel truth. That she said she got married before the Wedding and that’s clearly untrue. That she never googled Harry or the royals seems not credible. Archie not getting a title, when he isn’t yet entitled (it pends on Charles ascending the throne) is also an exaggeration. That Harry and William and Kate couldn’t circumvent the palace and get her help, when they are all about the mental health – it makes me wonder. So I wonder also if they stretched the truth about the colour of the skin of their baby. Obviously she should have had mental health help, and racism is bad. I wouldn’t call her a liar, but I would say that she probably isn’t telling the whole truth – or is even just telling ‘her truth’ (gag, vomit) that is her perception of a conversation, while others had different perceptions/world views.

    I also find it interesting that responses are very local. By which I mean the English (where monarchy is generally considered good, or at least benign) and American (where monarchy is considered bad and oppressive) presses are having very different reactions. And in Australia, where I am, the reaction is different again. Can I suggest that racism is a really hot button issue in the US, where it elicits strong reactions. Whereas in Australia, where we still absolutely have racism but it has a very different history and lesser widespread presence, we don’t have such a visceral reaction.
    Just my thoughts.

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  3. The fact that Diana’s money was what they used to get out was such a full circle moment for me. After watching what his mom endured with the family and the press it is no wonder he wanted to get his wife out of there. Such a sad ending to their royal story.

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  4. Two sides to every story……just because they had the spotlight to tell their side doesn’t make it absolutely true. I wouldn’t believe everything said as fact.

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  5. Love the new header!

    I’m a long time lover of the Queen’s corgis. But that’s all I’ve got on that subject.

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  6. Totally agree with you! She does seem humorless, so we definitely wouldn’t be friends in real life. (I’d also try to steal Harry) But the interview was eye opening, and I think they did the right thing, for the right reasons. Kate is pretty to look at and plays the part well, but I bet she is so uppity!

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  7. My Dad has always said that he believes the royal family and MI6 had something to do with Diana’s death due to her involvement with Dody Fayed and the fact she was pregnant. I always treated this like a foil hat moment but after this interview I think who knows what they are capable of!

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  8. The Grays!
    I didn’t see the interview with MM & Harry. My comment, there has to be some reason why your friend HATES MM so passionately. MM’s halo must have fallen off. Where there is smoke there is fire.
    Tee

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  9. I did watch, and was very saddened about how the uppity ups treated her mental health issues. William, Kate, Harry, Meghan were actively involved in all these organizations that support youth mental health, they go to places running programs for mental health. It’s all over their brand. Bringing awareness, out of the dark shadows, etc.

    For her to be treated this way is so far beyond the pale. Have they never known anyone that took their life to depression? It is a horrible, horrible thing. If not, they are really living in a bubble. I felt so bad for both H & M. The racist crap just reinforced how far the firm is from reality. “It’s bad for our image if you have depression. So, no, you can’t get treatment.” Do they not remember Diana, and all of her craziness? Maybe Elizabeth really should be the last monarch. Chuck is just clueless, mumbles something, then adjusts and tugs on his shirt cuffs.

    I sincerely hope that Harry & Meghan and their children have a wonderful life that they create for themselves, and are not hide-bound to ancient and ugly rules from so long ago. It would be nice to name their baby girl after the Queen. That would be sweet.

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  10. I love Oprah, and I love Harry. I got married the same year as Charles and Diana and so, of course, I was reading all the bridal magazines and everything was all about their upcoming nuptials. And then she and I were pregnant at the same time when she had Harry so he’s the same age as my son. I have always had sweet feelings about him. And then when Diana died so tragically and left those boys I just cried and cried. And to know that turd Charles was not helping his son and then not taking his calls and then cutting him off in the damn pandemic, well, I hope to hell that Diana’s ghost is haunting him.

    1. Why on earth do they take their passports, drivers license, etc?
    2. Why did they have any say in Meghan’s lunch plans?
    3. If they didn’t want her going to lunch, why not invite everyone over and have the cooks bring out something elegant?

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    1. I had warmed up to Charles, too.

      My friend Lilly of Chris and Lilly has (and this kills me) not been using her Harry and Meghan wedding mug for the last year. It was her punishment to them for leaving. Now that I know this about Charles, I hope he FEELS, the way I’m certain H&M did with the mug, that he has LOST me.

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  11. What really boggles my mind is the fact that members of the RF have all promoted how important mental health is and how important it is to reach out and ask for help but the minute Meghan said “I need help” she was hung out to dry.

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  12. I feel like an adult now. I can say that while I don’t care for MM, not giving someone help for suicidal thoughts, racism, and removing security are all awful and undeserved.

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  13. I am not a fan of Oprah. Ok, I hate her with the fire of a thousand suns. So, I didn’t watch the special. But after reading today’s blog, I’m sorry I missed it. Meghan’s constant touching her pregnant belly and holding on to Harry like he was going to bolt any minute always annoyed me. We get it you’re pregnant and in love.

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  14. I loved your line “She knew of what I spoke.” Made me smile. 🙂

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  15. Well, maybe I was just really tired but I fell asleep half way through this interview. The thing is – when you marry into a family – especially a ROYAL family – what the heck do you expect? It is sad that with all that money they could not have found a way to work around things and just do their thing and be happy. I guess – just saying, “grow up.”
    I am not impressed by MM – love Oprah and thought she did a great job. Kate – well, she seems like the perfect example of knowing how to do the “work around.”
    I really love the header and the new format is cool too – but I liked the old one too. It is your funny and so entertaining (sometimes serious) writing that makes this site attractive, no matter what the format! Hugs

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    1. Again, please watch the show before these kinds of comments. If you still feel that way after watching it, then OK. But as I said, I’ve heard these arguments a million times. The interview gives a perspective that sheds a different light on things.

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      1. Yes I understand. I did see where they took her drivers license and passport – that was wrong. But – I will watch the rest today .

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          1. Yes. Shows how archaic the thinking is there. So very sad. I have a lot of respect for them telling it like it is as the royals sure wouldn’t. The un-royal treatment of Archie is disgraceful, sad and maddening. I hope things go well for H and M!

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  16. Yeah, when you are in the royal family but they won’t provide security and then Tyler Perry says oh, dude, you need protection and I will provide that for you, something isn’t right. Tyler Perry! Who knew. Anyway, is the vaccine coming around in your state? I’m in Colorado and I think I will be eligible in late March.

    BeeBelle

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  17. I recorded the interview and have suspected the royals have looked down upon commoners (Diana, MM) all along. I haven’t followed them closely, but have never liked the whole idea of “royals.” It bugs.

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  18. I did not watch the show. My sentiments are when you are in your thirties you should be able to provide for your own needs. You shouldn’t expect Dad or Grandma to foot your bills, security or otherwise. You could have bought a less expensive home and still have a nice life. I’m truly sorry if MM was having a difficult time but she is a strong young woman who could have gotten her own help. Just my opinion, please dont toss me out!

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  19. It bothered me that they took responsibility for nothing – like they never did any of little things wrong. She says she was guilty of believing them but otherwise was essentially always perfect. Please.

    Before you get your knickers in a knot – the race stuff, the suicide stuff, not ok. This is a system that is inherently dysfunctional. You know how in the crown when Charles asked to see the queen before the marriage and she couldn’t fit him in? When Diana begged to be seen and no one would take her call? Even if those specific scenes are made up for television drama, clearly that really happens.

    I’m not a fan of MM and I think she’s either an idiot or a fibber for doing ZERO research on what things would be like if they got married. Once it got serious, ask some questions, lady, I asked questions of my now husband because I wanted to know what it’s like to be married to a cop. Here she is dating the fourth in line to the throne and she never thinks to ask?
    But that doesn’t mean it’s OK to judge her by race, not care if she died, or not protect all three of them.

    I totally think it was Charles who said the skin tone stuff. And that’s because he is on the record of saying, when Harry was born, that not only was it another boy, “a redhead to boot.” And Diana at that moment she knew it was done (according to different things I read. I freaking cannot imagine the father of my child saying that about OUR child).

    Also, the “good fox hunt will fix it” comment was hilarious, Joon.

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  20. I am not a royals follower, but I loved Dianna–I watched her wedding when I was a wee little thing. I also dislike Charles. He’s an ass–that has now been confirmed again. I also softened to him, but that was a mistake. I like Meghan. I always have in an arms length, not really paying attention way. I have never seen her shows or anything, it is just a gut thing.

    That said, I totally watched the hell out of Oprah last night. I love Oprah and it was so great watching her on my TV again. She did such an amazing job with her follow up questions not letting things go—wait, wait, we all want to know…

    I totally believe Meghan and Harry. I think it is awful that Archie doesn’t have a title–WTH is with that–RACIST. And that they stripped them of security and income. Seriously? Who does that to your child? And grandchild? It boggles.

    And, the INSTITUTION. Who knew? I hope that this is a wake up call to the Royal Family to take back the narrative of their own family. I have high hopes that the Queen steps in to say enough is enough.

    You can see how much I really don’t care about the royals, can’t you?

    Lovely post, lovely June!

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  21. I have always been on team Harry and Megan. I was silent here about them because people have very strong opinions about them. However, all along I kept thinking “she can’t make Harry do anything he doesn’t want to do” AND “he knows what it is like for someone that isn’t liked by the Royals because he lived it with his mom”. After what they said about Archie before he was born, no wonder she’s always cradling her belly and protecting him….
    I hope they have a wonderful life together.

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  22. I was all “two sides to every story” before, but can you imagine being Harry and hearing your wife’s suicidal thoughts, feeling like nobody cares, and not being allowed to get care for that? Knowing what happened to his mother? You’d have to leave.

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  23. Lovely post Coot.

    Poor MM she is this generations Di. The Institution is too worried with appearances and not with substance.

    You know what pisses me off about all of it? That Charles is too mamby pamby to put his foot down. He is too busy gardening and hanging out with horse face to make things better. The Queen is old and just doesn’t give a shit so she isn’t going to change things.

    Also your cats are so beautiful.

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  24. Also meant to say – really reminded me of when Diana threw herself down the stairs while she was pregnant. Supposedly, “The Firm” passed it off as her being an overly emotional little girl. Sounds a little like history repeating itself.

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    1. Right. And to tell you the truth, Diana’s histrionics got on my nerves even though at that age I’d have done the same thing. B,ut now that it’s happened to TWO women…

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  25. I will be the dissenting comment. I still do not like MM. I believe some of the things she said but the whole show did not sit well with me.

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  26. I haven’t watched it, but I am not surprised at what it ended up being. I’ve never been a fan of the royals. No reason, I just never got onboard with following them. The same way I didn’t care about Tom Cruise when all my friends in school were in LOVE with him. But yeah. I figured they were getting treated really poorly. How awful for them. I wish them well.

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  27. Oh, I think they really would care if she lived or died – they were just too cold? dumb? out of reality? to take it seriously.
    Imagine how bad they’d look if she did kill herself – as in, the message that living under these circumstances is that horrible.
    They’d feel very bad – for themselves! They know where the center of the universe is……….

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    1. You know what bugs me? Couldn’t they have brought the hospital to her, if they cared how it looked or that it’d get out? Couldn’t they have brought in a psychiatrist and a therapist there to the damn palace? I think they think nothing can’t be cured by a brisk walk and a fox hunt.

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      1. Excellent point – but I have to wonder if Meghan would have trusted “inside” help. But at least they could’ve tried. And at least she did have Harry’s support.

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  28. Yeah, didn’t believe she didn’t google him, puh-leeze, so she lost me there, but I do believe that she suffered, it’s scary going into a new family and learning their dynamic, I can’t imagine doing so at that magnitude. I felt Harry was more genuine in the interview, I almost cried when he spoke of the loss of his father and brother’s support, never felt that from MM, but, she’s probably steeled herself in the past so is more hardened. I’m glad you wrote about this, I was hoping you would! Love the new header and look too!

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  29. Apparently Oprah just announced that the skin color comment was not made by either the Queen or Prince Philip.

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  30. Since I didn’t watch the special, I don’t have much to contribute. But I can’t help wondering how honest they were and that Harry is going to regret leaving at some point.

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    1. You need to watch the special before you accuse them of lying. It seemed pretty evident they were not. And I can’t see anyone lying about suicidal feelings. It’s something one doesn’t just bring up willy-nilly.

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  31. I’m so glad it’s not the queen. I like her! I think it is the firm and perhaps Charles and Phillip too. They are very cruel. I’m so glad Harry chose his new family. The royals have William and Kate who are perfect for their future roles. They need to just let Harry and Megan be and provide them with security out of their huge coffers. Shame on them for not doing so. It’s the least Charles could do to make up for what he put those young men through as boys. I had softened towards Charles but that was a mistake. He is the same old selfish jerk.

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  32. I was not a fan of MM’s before (she’s not a great actress, even, and I watched that damn dumb show out of … spite? even before she was with Harry). And I think Oprah, while a good (mayhap great) interviewer, grates on my nerves.

    BUT — I believe MM. Something was not right, and Diana told us that, and no one listened. And here we are, many years later. Allowing it to continue bc THE MONARCHY. But it doesn’t appear its the family, as much as THE MONARCHY. “The Firm.” “The Institution.” So very sad.

    I do hope this is a wake-up call for THE MONARCHY (yes, I’m gonna keep all-caps-ing it) bc it needs to be, if they are to continue their rule.

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          1. THANK YOU. So many options, Oprah. So many other. I do have intense hair envy of her, however.

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      1. Not really a fan in the past but she is aging gracefully and looks so healthy and strong – and her interview skills are indeed impeccable.

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  33. I completely agree. I thought MM had married into opportunity and privilege and yet was being whiny and petulant. I also thought that she dragged Harry away from the only family and home that he ever know. But after watching last night, I’ve changed my mind. The BRF is hateful, though I also agree that it’s not the Queen. I suspect Philip. And Charles is just a turd, no way around that. He was turdly to Diana and now he’s being turdly to Harry and Harry’s family. I still don’t believe MM everything claimed (she never googled Harry? please) and I was very upset when she threw Kate under the bus, but MM seemed to be speaking carefully and was mostly sincere.

    I could’ve done without Oprah’s animated reactions, as if the rest of the free world didn’t know when to be horrified.

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    1. Yes; I didn’t want her to say anything about Kate. My hackles were up. It was a bad way to lead in. But now I find myself annoyed with Kate for being an ass right before Meghan’s wedding. At MY wedding, which was very similar, I had a family member tell me not to let anyone dictate how the wedding would be, that it was mine and Marvin’s and the decisions were ours. Fourteen seconds later I told her a detail and she said, “Oh, so-and-so is going to be very hurt by that.” So my stress was exactly similar to Meghan’s. Just exactly.

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