Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were trending worldwide on Twitter yesterday for a few hours. They were not the reason why they were trending. It’s because Donald Trump tweeted about them, along with boasting about his “ratings” and comparing how popular his COVID-19 press conferences have been to The Bachelor. Like that’s the f-cking priority right now. Anyway, I’m not embedding his tweet on my site. But, totally unprompted, he decided to let people know that he’s a “great” friend of the Queen of England and that now that Harry and Meghan are living in America and the United States will not be paying for their security. A spokesperson for the Sussexes released a statement saying that:
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. government for security resources. Privately funded security arrangements have been made.”
They’re mining Disney money now. Seems like they’ll be fine for money? That to me is what’s going to be most interesting – if the Sussexes are reading the room, they should be aware of the sensitivities about security costs and working to cover those themselves. Tomorrow marks their final day as senior royals. They’ll be making headlines for that, especially their Instagram account and website as people will be eyeballing their use of the word “royal” and whether or not they keep it. And then of course there’s the question of income.
This is why I never thought that Canada would be permanent, and certainly not Vancouver Island, which is exactly how Vancouver Island likes it. But for their purposes, at least right now, when they’re trying to establish themselves and this new identity, they need to be closer to the nucleus – I mean, maybe not right now, during the global health crisis, but eventually, networking will have to happen, and their charm works better in person. The Sussex dazzle yields exponentially bigger results when they can establish a physical presence. With … investors? For speaking engagements? Brand endorsements?
The big question mark is what will their jobs be? How judiciously will they weigh their opportunities – because the opportunities will be there. They could probably do a, I dunno, a Jack In The Box commercial for a quick million if they wanted to. Of course they wouldn’t, but that’s point: how will they go about making those choices?
The Telegraph reports that Harry is “likely to be given diplomatic status in the US to help him get a green card easily” and then he’d be “eligible to apply for full US citizenship”. I wonder how that’s going to go over in the UK. And then, if he does become a US citizen, where the taxes are paid. How big will that tax bill be eventually? As in, how big will their income be? Also… my first thought when the news came out last week that they’re now in America was…
Beyoncé! Eventually, when social distancing is lifted, how long before they’re hanging out?