No Matter How Meghan And Harry Marked Remembrance Day, They Were Never Going To Win

The couple have shown respect on an important day. What's the problem?

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by Bonnie McLaren |
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Another day, and yet more criticism aimed at Meghan and Harry. (Honestly, don't some people get bored of complaining about the couple?) This time, the former royals have been subjected to ire because they were pictured paying their respects on Remembrance Sunday at the Los Angeles National cemetery. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex laid flowers they had picked from their own garden at two graves, one for those who had served in the Royal Australian Air Force and one for soldiers from the Royal Canadian Artillery; they also placed a wreath at an obelisk in the cemetery.

Their visit comes after Harry was reportedly told that a wreath would not be placed on his behalf at the Cenotaph, as per his request. But, still, some people have taken issue that Meghan and Harry had the audacity to hire a photographer to take images of the occasion. After ITV's Chris Ship posted the photos, released by the pair's office, on Twitter, Piers Morgan tweeted: 'My god, they've even turned Remembrance Sunday into another self-publicity stunt. Have they no shame?' Lots of other media commentators thought the same. Some articles have even profiled the photographer, Lee Morgan, making sure to mention his previous work with Vogue and Kanye West's brand Yeezy.

Regardless of how talented the photographer is, it's not fair to call this a PR stunt when royals hire photographers for most occasions.

The alternative, if the pair hadn't hired a photographer, would have been far worse. If no photos materialised from the day, it would be all to easy for certain publications to run stories saying that the couple hadn't marked the event like the Royal Family did in the UK, when they lay wreaths at the Cenotaph. The same people would no doubt be calling the couple callous and self-absorbed. Plus, with Harry's request for a wreath to be placed on his behalf declined, it's not as if they had much choice but to find their own way to show their respects.

It's also ridiculous to attack Harry for wanting to show the world he cares about Remembrance Day. He was a part of the military for ten years - of course he's going to want to pay his respects. Speaking on the Declassified podcast, released yesterday, he described the day as 'a moment for respect and for hope'. 'The act of remembering, of remembrance, is a profound act of honour,' he added. 'It's how we preserve the legacies of entire generations and show our gratitude for the sacrifices they made in order for us to be able to live the lives we live today.'

Let's say that it was a publicity stunt: if so, is it really a bad thing that Meghan and Harry - who have a huge young following - decided to bring attention to Remembrance Day, especially in a year where many commemorations of the event have been cancelled?

They just can't win...

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Best Books About The Royal Family

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CREDIT: Meghan: A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton

Meghan: A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton

The man who interviewed Diana so famously takes on Meghan, interviewing those closest to her to uncover the story of her childhood: growing up in The Valley in LA, studying at an all-girls Catholic school and her breakout into acting. The book also delves into her previous marriage and divorce in 2013, her struggles in Hollywood.

Best Books About The Royal Family2 of 15
CREDIT: The Final Curtsey A Royal Memoir by the Queen's Cousin by Margaret Rhodes

The Final Curtsey A Royal Memoir by the Queen's Cousin by Margaret Rhodes

The intimate and revealing autobiography of Margaret Rhodes, the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. This is as close to the royal family as you get. The publishers say: ' In the Second World War years she 'lodged' at Buckingham Palace while she worked for MI6. She was a bridesmaid at the wedding of her cousin, Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip. Three years later the King and Queen attended her own wedding; Princess Margaret was a bridesmaid. In 1990 she was appointed as a Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen Mother, acting also as her companion, which she describes in touching detail. In the early months of 2002, she spent as much time as possible with her ailing aunt, and was at her bedside when she died at Easter that year. The next morning she went to Queen Elizabeth's bedroom to pray, and in farewell dropped her a final curtsey'

Best Books About The Royal Family3 of 15
CREDIT: Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand

Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand

Published in August 2020, this book is expected to be a 'bombshell' that it's been claimed will 'settle scores'. In its description, the publishers claim: 'Finding Freedom goes beyond the headlines to reveal unknown details of Harry and Meghan's life together, dispelling the many rumours and misconceptions that plague the couple on both sides of the pond. As members of the select group of reporters that cover the British Royal Family and their engagements, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have witnessed the young couple's lives as few outsiders can.With unique access and written with the participation of those closest to the couple, Finding Freedom is an honest, up-close, and disarming portrait of a confident, influential, and forward-thinking couple who are unafraid to break with tradition, determined to create a new path away from the spotlight, and dedicated to building a humanitarian legacy that will make a profound difference in the world.'

Best Books About The Royal Family4 of 15
CREDIT: Mau2019am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown

Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown

Definitely one for fans of The Crown and its various Princess Margarets… She made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando clam up. She cold-shouldered Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine and Pablo Picasso lusted over her. To her friends Princess Margaret was witty and regal, to her enemies, she was rude and demanding. Ma'am Darling looks at her from many angles, creating a kaleidoscopic biography, and a witty meditation on fame and art, snobbery and deference, bohemia and high society.

Best Books About The Royal Family5 of 15
CREDIT: Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Bedell Smith

Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Bedell Smith

This vivid, eye-opening biography--the product of four years of research and hundreds of interviews with palace officials, former girlfriends, spiritual gurus, and more – claims to be the first authoritative treatment of Charles's life that sheds light on the death of Diana, his marriage to Camilla, and his preparations to take the throne one day.

Best Books About The Royal Family6 of 15
CREDIT: The Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves by Andrew Lownie

The Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves by Andrew Lownie

A well-researched deep-dive into the lives of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten, a couple who witnessed much of the 20th Century's history – including Royal landmarks – at first hand.

Best Books About The Royal Family7 of 15
CREDIT: Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown by Anne Glenconner

Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown by Anne Glenconner

The remarkable life of Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret who was also a Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation. Anne Glenconner reveals the real events behind The Crown as well as her own life of drama, tragedy and courage, with the wonderful wit and extraordinary resilience which define her.

Best Books About The Royal Family8 of 15
CREDIT: Our Rainbow Queen by Sali Hughes

Our Rainbow Queen by Sali Hughes

A photographic journey through Queen Elizabeth II's ten decades of colour-blocked style. From the dusky pinks the Queen wore in girlhood all the way through to #NeonAt90, by way of that hat she wore on the announcement of Brexit, and not forgetting her trusty Launer handbag ever at her side, this must-have collection celebrates the iconic fashion statements of our longest reigning and most vibrant monarch.

Best Books About The Royal Family9 of 15
CREDIT: The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown

The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown

The original people's princess, Diana is the subject of many great books – this, by Tina Brown, is by someone who knew her personally and the world she inhabited.The book explores, 'Diana's sexually charged mother, her subtly scheming grandmother, the stepmother she hated but eventually came to understand, and a terrifying trio of in-laws and relations: Fergie, the force of nature whose life was full of its own unacknowledged pathos; Princess Margaret, the fading glamour girl; the implacable Queen Mother and more formidable than all of them, her mother-in-law, the Queen, whose admiration Diana sought till the day she died. Add Camilla Parker-Bowles, the ultimate "other woman" into this combustible mix, and it's no wonder that Diana felt the need to break out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect.'So yes, quite a lot there.

Best Books About The Royal Family10 of 15
CREDIT: Diana: Her True Story – In Her Own Words by Andrew Morton

Diana: Her True Story – In Her Own Words by Andrew Morton

Formerly 'Her True Story' before it was revealed much of the book was based on taped interviews with Diana herself and the book was reissued, this is the often-quoted pretty much definitive story of Princess Diana.

Best Books About The Royal Family11 of 15
CREDIT: The Royals by Kitty Kelley

The Royals by Kitty Kelley

Originally not available in the UK for fear of legal repercussions, this book makes for a page-turner for Royal gossip fans. The description promises: 'Kitty Kelley has gone behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace to raise the curtain on the men and women who make up the British royal family. Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Princess Diana...here are the scandals of the last decades: the doomed marriages and the husbands, wives, lovers and children caught in their wake and damaged beyond repair. No one is spared.'

Best Books About The Royal Family12 of 15
CREDIT: The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe by Angela Kelly

The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe by Angela Kelly

Angela Kelly has worked with The Queen and walked the corridors of the Royal Household for twenty-five years, initially as Her Majesty's Senior Dresser and then latterly as Her Majesty's Personal Advisor, Curator, Wardrobe and In-house Designer. As the first person in history to hold this title, she shares a uniquely close working relationship with The Queen, with the monarch's position.

Best Books About The Royal Family13 of 15
CREDIT: Harry and Meghan: Life, Loss and Love by Katie Nicholl

Harry and Meghan: Life, Loss and Love by Katie Nicholl

It's another book about Harry and Meghan, but coming from Katie Nicholl - one of the best authorities on the royal family - you know that it's good. This book details their romance right up until the royal wedding.

Best Books About The Royal Family14 of 15
CREDIT: Meghan Misunderstood by Sean Smith

Meghan Misunderstood by Sean Smith

The latest biography on Meghan Markle to hit our shelves (from November 12), the description says Sean Smith 'pulls no punches as he reveals the remarkable and powerful story of this self-made, intelligent American woman with a strong social conscience who has made such an impact on our lives.'

Prince Philip Revealed: A Man Of His Century15 of 15
CREDIT: Prince Philip Revealed: A Man Of His Century

Prince Philip Revealed: A Man Of His Century

Royal expert Ingrid Seward presents an incredibly in-depth exploration of the man who has stood by the Queen's side for decades. The perfect accompaniment to his forthcoming centenary celebrations next year.

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