Richard Eden – Meghan & Harry

Scathing review for absent theatre patron Meghan . . . 

There’s irritation in theatreland over the Duchess of Sussex’s role as patron of the Royal National Theatre.

Meghan accepted the position shortly before she did her flit to Canada. The National Theatre hoped that, with her acting background, she might be a high-level champion for the stage.

Yet thus far she has barely lifted a finger.

These are desperate times for live entertainment venues everywhere. A committed royal supporter could have made a difference, both with lobbying Government at a ministerial level and in winning over the public.

If the Government does not allow theatres to reopen without social distancing, many will go bust. ‘There is a real risk we could soon not have a National Theatre,’ warned theatrical knight Sir Trevor Nunn at the London Palladium this week.

Another theatre insider says: ‘The National’s artistic director, Rufus Norris, must be wondering why he put his faith in Meghan. She was all gushy when she agreed to become patron but then she legged it to North America and has spent her time doing internet broadcasts about Black Lives Matter.’

Maybe Norris would have been better advised to go for an unexciting, but hard-working, royal like Prince Edward.

He likes panto, after all.

 . . as writer of THAT book’s nightclub past is revealed 

Her biographer and cheerleader, Omid Scobie, underwent an even more drastic transformation. Here¿s a photograph of the author, near right, when he was a writer on the celebrity gossip magazine Heat.
Her biographer and cheerleader, Omid Scobie, underwent an even more drastic transformation. Here¿s a photograph of the author, near right, when he was a writer on the celebrity gossip magazine Heat.

Her biographer and cheerleader, Omid Scobie, underwent an even more drastic transformation. Here’s a photograph of the author, near right, when he was a writer on the celebrity gossip magazine Heat.

Meghan Markle’s entry on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia was airbrushed to include more flattering details days before her romance with Prince Harry became public.

Her biographer and cheerleader, Omid Scobie, underwent an even more drastic transformation. Here’s a photograph of the author, near right, when he was a writer on the celebrity gossip magazine Heat.

One of his former colleagues tells me: ‘He used to go to nightclubs with the glamour model Jodie Marsh. We never thought he would become friends with royalty.’ Is Meghan ‘royal’? She and Harry are no longer allowed to use their HRH titles.

(Very) modern manners 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have become such a hot potato that they’ve been banned as a topic of conversation in the salons of Hampstead, I hear. ‘We’re not allowed to talk about Harry and Meghan,’ confirms Esther Rantzen, who lives in the posh North London enclave. ‘That produces passionate views, pro and anti — which is strange.’ Rantzen’s pals have been meeting online. ‘We call ourselves “the Hamsters”. I make the rules, and I don’t like it when we fall out.’

 

 

Meghan wants to become more ‘politically engaged’

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Meghan Markle wants to become more ‘politically engaged’ and could even intervene in the U.S. presidential election

‘The Duchess is said to be frustrated that she was forced to stay out of politics after getting engaged to Harry,’ a royal source tells me.

‘She has strong political opinions and will now take advantage of the greater freedom she has to express them publicly.’

The source claims that Meghan may even make some sort of intervention in the U.S. presidential election later this year.

Before she met Harry, the American actress attacked Donald Trump for being ‘divisive’ and ‘misogynistic’.

While the Duchess no longer needs to adhere to the convention that the royals stay above party politics, she could still provoke a diplomatic storm if she chose to renew her attacks on Trump or become involved in politics in Canada, where she and Harry are now living with baby Archie.

Richard Eden Tweet

I’m sorry to say that the Queen’s acceptance that #MeghanAndHarry will be free to make a fortune will come to be seen as a disastrous mistake. #royal

Richard Palmer tweet on Harry and Meghan

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