SUSSEX: It is agreed that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to require effective security to protect them and their son. This is based on The Duke’s public profile by virtue of being born into The Royal Family, his military service, the Duchess’ own independent profile, and the shared threat and risk level documented specifically over the last few years. Neither have disclosed how this security will be paid.

I get that as a Royal Duchess she needs – and gets – tax paid security. But this independent profile bit.

OK, mid-level TV actress. Has a profile, sure. Might need security because of that. OK.

But why are UK taxpayers to cough up for that?

The point being, security required for “the Duchess’ own independent profile” is something that is to be paid for by “the Duchess’ own independent profile”.

No?

11 thoughts on “Remind me”

  1. Well, yes. But I think most people would concede that she could easily be a target for nutters and needs protection, if only by virtue of her association to him.

    Her ‘independent profile’ is not remotely important, but it probably only gets into the statement because she is standing over the statement writer demanding some kind of boost to her status. You can see these little interjections all over the wording. As I said on the other thread – she has very clumsy PR or is trying to backseat-drive it.

  2. His military service?

    Do other veterans get special security from the po po?

    This whole things smacks of having their cake and eating it. Want Royal levels of protection? Do Royal stuff.

    From a daily mail article :
    ‘Meghan has told her inner circle that their success is inevitable with or without their current brand name.

    Hmm.
    Delusional methinks. Obviously everyone is just going to buy their tat and give them loadsa money to speak etc just because they’re sooo amazing, it wasn’t because of their Royal connections, no siree.

  3. His military service?

    Do other veterans get special security from the po po?

    Well, being extremely high profile and targetting islamics from a helicopter gunship would I expect require some level of protection. And as that targetting was done because our government saw fit to send service personnel there, I for one am not outraged that we are picking up the bill.

  4. “she has very clumsy PR or is trying to backseat-drive it.”

    My feeling would be they’re doing this themselves. Good PR costs money, a lot of it. Fine if your a billionaire, not so fine if you’ve a few tens of millions and precious little income. I suspect they’re beginning to discover that being out in the real world and acting like super-celebs costs a LOT more money than they might have thought.

    What do they say, you’re only really wealthy if you can live your current lifestyle off the interest on your interest. The Sussexes are nowhere near that level of wealth.

  5. @BiW

    I’m not outraged. As far as government spending goes it’s pissing in the ocean. Hardly worth getting too wound up about and definitely not the hill to die on.

    It just seems to me that the ginger one and his bit of stuff are trying to have their cake and eat it.
    If they’re doing high profile, royalty stuff, give them the protection it requires.
    But they’re moaning about the royalty stuff amd wanting to be private citizens effectively, just celebrity ones. So they shouldn’t get the bells and whistles that come with the royalty tag.

    Handily we have a comparison. Mr Blunt (sang “you’re beautiful” in 2004) is a celebrity type, singer, drove tanks and stuff in the military.
    Harry and Merkle should get the same level of protection Mr Blunt gets.
    Especially if what has been reported in the media is true about them sending their close protection officers to the shops for food. If they’re willing to do that, then they can’t be that worried about their own safety.

  6. Jim,

    ” Good PR costs money, a lot of it. Fine if your a billionaire, not so fine if you’ve a few tens of millions and precious little income. ”

    Their bigger problem is the product. PR and other forms of advertising rely on a good product underneath it. In the case of many people who moved into being more Famous for being Famous, there was always something there at the beginning and generally something that keeps them there.

    Like, David Beckham established his fame as a footballer, celebrity marriage, but he’s also a good looking man. He sold a ton of sunglasses for Police because men want something of the Beckham. Gwyneth Paltrow was an actress. Attractive woman. Won an Oscar. Dated a load of men women would like to date. Sells a load of pseudoscience wank to woman who want to be her.

    How many men have you met who look up to Prince Harry as an alpha male? How many celebrity TV things ever mentioned Rachel from Suits? Not saying there isn’t something aspirational about them, but in the Famous for being Famous game, you have to be right up there to get the big rewards. Everyone else is doing QVC.

  7. Bloke in North Dorset

    As the grandson of the monarch, and in the future son of the monarch Harry’s service makes him a very high value target for Islamic terrorists, so I don’t have a problem with it. I’m not sure she deserves it when not with him but wouldn’t argue the toss.

    And yes, other very high value veterans get extra security. During the Troubles former GOCs of NI. for example.

  8. ” In the case of many people who moved into being more Famous for being Famous, there was always something there at the beginning and generally something that keeps them there.”

    I agree. Most celebs have an underlying reason that makes them famous, and that keeps them there, acting, musicianship, sports success etc. There’s very few of the nobodies who attain fame (usually via some sort of TV reality show) that have more than a short spell in the spotlight. Once the initial interest of the public wanes, they have nothing else going on to keep the fame alive. Obviously Meghan and Harry have a larger well of fame to start with than some Britains Got Talent competitor, but unless they can add to the well, it will run dry eventually.

  9. @Oblong

    PR Firm is issuing ‘official’ statements, then H&M snort some coca-cola/pepsi and rant on Instagram

    @BiW

    Security in UK, maybe. Security when they’ve moved, not sent, overseas – No, obligation then on host country to protect their inhabitants

    This guy was a terrorist target, Gov’t did reverse of protecting him:
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/22/veteran-investigated-actions-northern-ireland-takes-life/

    @Chernyy_Drakon

    +1 esp James Blunt – see also Phil Campion

    @BiND

    I think RoPers are bright enough to know (HRH) Captain Harry Hewitt [not GOC] is not a good target, he’s not liked, but hitting him would unleash Hellfires en masse

    What on earth has happened to the old Harry? Meghan has put a sliver of ice in his heart

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