This is long what I’ve thought

Harry and Meghan urgently need a lesson in the art of good PR

Yep

For a seasoned Hollywood actress, the Duchess of Sussex is not much good at PR. If the revelations in Finding Freedom, the new book about Harry and Meghan, are to be believed – and there’s every indication the Sussexes helped the authors – she has been her own PR woman before. The book alleges that, before her marriage, she set up “a paparazzi photo here and there” to boost her career….

Not that I devour such slebgossip you understand. But some of it manages to leak through into the rarefied levels of my usual reading.

And I’m convinced that she’s trying to run the PR herself. Sure, she’s got someone actually sending the emails, answering the phone. But she’s running strategy and tactics. And she’s not realised yet that the UK really is a different country, with it’s own version of civilisation and social mores and norms. Which is why the bleatings all sounds as if composed by someone with a tin ear.

What works – or might work, to be fair – for a B lister in the US just doesn’t for a potential A lister in the UK. Which is why it all isn’t working.

They need to hire someone who knows what they’re doing. Or, of course, shut up.

27 thoughts on “This is long what I’ve thought”

  1. The Meissen Bison

    No, the thing should be allowed to run its course and then Harry can limp home, no wiser but at least free.

  2. Perhaps they should try a DNA test to see where the red hair comes from, live on television. It’ Get Ms Harkle the attention she craves and possibly downsize the RF.

  3. I don’t know, nothing like learning from your mistakes. Harry Mount calls diana a master of PR- was she? I don’t think so. She knew the ropes by the end, yes, but she did lots of things off the cuff and ill advised and she wasn’t ever going to achieve her goal of stopping Charles becoming king in favour of her son.

  4. a seasoned Hollywood actress

    Lol, no.

    She was a second string character on a minor TV show made in Canada for the USA’s twelfth most popular basic cable channel, and appeared in a couple of mid-budget Hollywood movies for about 30 seconds in such coveted roles as “bartender”.

    Troy McClure she is not. Eddie the dog from Frasier was legitimately a bigger star than Sparkles is.

    Unless by “seasoned” we mean “old”, because by aspiring starlet standards she’s positively Jurassic.

  5. ‘… What works – or might work, to be fair – for a B lister in the US just doesn’t for a potential A lister in the UK. Which is why it all isn’t working.‘

    Not in the USA either, just around LA.

    The USA is not heterogenous.

  6. In terms of sleb watching the Wicked Witch of the West fails all my Daily Mail criteria

    She doesn’t have an ample cleavage or endless legs, nor is she stunning, funny or prone to wardrobe malfunctions

  7. So Much For Subtlety

    BraveFart July 28, 2020 at 10:16 am – “In terms of sleb watching the Wicked Witch of the West fails all my Daily Mail criteria”

    They are pretty tame Daily Mail criteria. I would say she does not look good in a tight dress[1], is not a bisexual drug user[2] and does not appear to have beaten the crap out of Johnnie Depp[3][4]

    [1] As Kelly Brook used to before she got too old and too fat
    [2] As virtually everyone who has been on Love Island I gather and Miley Cyrus
    [3] As Amber Heard has and I think pretty much everyone else has wanted to
    [4] Come to think of it Ms Heard fits all three categories.

    So I think there is room for improvement with the old Tungsten block. I would love to see what the Mail has to say if she takes to hitting him. Or sleeping with Alesha Dixon. We can but dream

  8. Hugo Rifkind came up with a rather good line on their relationship with the media beast:

    Because they want to escape it by riding it. While, simultaneously, milking it. And you just can’t do that. Not even if you have very long arms.

  9. BF she probably looks better with her ankles behind her ears. I think this is the view Harry gets and which colours his judgment.

  10. Dennis, Pointing Out The Obvious

    ‘… What works – or might work, to be fair – for a B lister in the US just doesn’t for a potential A lister in the UK. Which is why it all isn’t working.‘

    Not in the USA either, just around LA.

    Not in LA either, just around Hollywood.

  11. So Much For Subtlety

    I don’t buy the Mata Hari aspect of all this. I find it hard to believe that anything Sparkles can do for Harry would have this much impact. She may be the excuse – that is, he had already had enough of the Royals and being second fiddle, well fourth or fifth now I think – but not the cause.

    I mean even if Harry was into anal, with a mackerel, I am pretty sure he could have found more suitable and discreet girls willing to go along.

    So I think the only thing Harry sees behind her ears are her earrings.

  12. Dennis, Offender of Krauts, Frogs and other Wogs

    Has it crossed anyone’s mind that this is all the product of Harry being dumber than an anvil?

    Like much of the rest of his family.

    You can blame the septic if you like, but in reality the issue isn’t pussy, it’s brains. Or lack thereof.

  13. So Much For Subtlety

    I thought the last boy Adele was interested in decided he was Gay?

    I am sure it wasn’t just to get away from the psycho stalking fat chick. Who turned out to be talented, immensely rich and a lot thinner these days.

    Not the smartest move. Still maybe if he had married her, she would have been happy enough and never written a word?

  14. Dennis, Watford's Next Manager

    Not the smartest move. Still maybe if he had married her, she would have been happy enough and never written a word?

    It’s more likely she’d have had a great career as a blues singer.

  15. “She probably looks better with her ankles behind her ears. I think this is the view Harry gets and which colours his judgment.”

    The view Harry used to get might be closer to the mark. He’s probably reduced to late night dates with Pornhub now.

  16. @ Dennis
    Harry being dumber goes with a certain theory about his ancestry. Charles got a decent Cambridge degree, despite having his education completely messed up by some political PR (Geelong may be a good school in Oz but it doesn’t teach the UK ‘A’ level syllabus); William got a degree from the best Scottish University (which pre-dates Columbus, let alone Harvard), Philip is clearly pretty bright despite “choosing” (being pushed into) a military career after Hitler’s party came top in a German election.
    Charles isn’t as clever as me but he isn’t as dumb as double-U.

  17. I remember years ago, at Counting Cats, a bloke called Rab posting that he’d known a bloke wot’d taught Chuckles. And the bloke wot tort Chuckles said that if you placed the words ‘Charles an idiot is’ in that order and asked him to make a sentence of them, he’d have muffed it.

    I don’t believe Chuckles got into Cambridge on merit any more than I believe Fatbellies Abbott did so. Even allowing for the fact that I’ve known Second and even Third-Class Cambs brains.

    And as far as I can tell, St Andrew’s has become Scottishland’s answer to Bristol.

  18. I’ve tried to read the extracts in the Times. (Gotta do something between Depp v Teard parts 1 and 2.) But it’s 5,000 lines on a boiled egg level of boring.
    Occasionally a Sylvie Krin level of bathos breaks through:
    “Harry knew they would be together. She was ticking all the boxes.”
    Ah, romance! Not dead yet.

  19. Dennis, Phobic Of Whatever Today's Stupidity Happens To Be

    Charles isn’t as clever as me but he isn’t as dumb as double-U.

    If “He’s not a dumb as George W. Bush” is your best defense, you’ve lost. Badly. There are industrial drill presses that are more intelligent than W. and Jeb combined. And either of them are smarter than Joe Biden and John Kerry combined.

    Harry’s dumber than a hammer because he’s managed to make himself even more irrelevant that he was born to be. They don’t teach that sort of dumb at uni.

  20. St Andrew’s has become Scottishland’s answer to Bristol.

    It’s more like a safety school for nice, but slightly dim, posh kids who couldn’t get into Oxbridge (or Edinburgh).

    Seems to be well regarded as a medical school, but Wills did art history and geography and I reckon his gran’s corgis could probably get a 2.1 in that.

  21. They need to hire someone who knows what they’re doing. Or, of course, shut up.

    Her popularity – and with it, those lucrative connections and opportunities – would skyrocket if she would just shut up.

  22. I’d forgive much, if I could imagine wanting to give her a Lud special.

    But such imaginings are a step too far. Eesh.

    Her Grace of Cambridge, on the other hand…

  23. Hollywood actress? No, she had to go to Canada for an eye candy bit part where she didn’t act, but robotically recited lines

    PR? Their PR and Legal teams have given up and accepted ‘what Meghan wants, Meghan gets’

    When Meghan met Harry

    Snigger
    Meghan Markle “Gave up everything” for Royal Family – Please, for the love of God, shut up and live silently in LA LA Land with Prince Woke
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqINW-f3U84

    @TMB
    +1 Watching them dig their own grave is amusing. Feel sorry for EIIR and rest of family

    @Steve July 28, 2020 at 9:16 am
    +1

    @Mr Lud
    +1 St Andrews is where ‘rich but…” who Edinburgh declines go. After St A there’s Aberdeen & .cough. Dundee

    Warning: Dundee is like Durham – avoid locals

    …Abbott and Toynebee

  24. The lack of Harry’s brains can be much more simply credited to his mother. Di was very not clever. Made worse by making key decisions solely on emotion. Her love life was a string of disasters.

    Sound familiar?

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