Meghan Markle was seen paying tribute in Texas, where 19 schoolchildren were murdered – but the photos raised some troubling questions.
Anyone else remember forget me not? On September 1, 2020, photos popped up of newly born Californians Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who planted forget-me-not seeds at a kindergarten in Los Angeles in memory of his mother, the Princess of Wales. Diana’s anniversary. ‘ die.
We know all this because the couple posted touching photos of the outing, showing them surrounded by small children, during an outing where they created a garden bed of the tragic princess’ favorite flowers, symbolic and Sadness is almost a sigh.
same confluence Megancamera lenses and other people’s kids are back in the headlines after The 40-year-old mother of two flew three and a half hours from her home to Uwald, Texas A gunman killed 19 schoolchildren earlier this week.
“Megan Taking this trip as a mother personally to offer my condolences and support to a community that is going through unimaginable grief,” peopleThe company reportedly has a shrewd knack for getting inside Sussex scoops.
If she hadn’t chosen to “express condolences” in front of the numerous photographers and cameras posted at the Young Victims Memorial, and had her presence not immediately bounced around, the phrase might have been more receptive to social media and news outlets.
Let me say, I have no doubt that her heart, like that of millions of others in the United States and around the world, is painful at the thought of this indescribable loss. It’s not worth arguing about how real or how intense her feelings might be here. At least not.
But there’s a serious problem with the trip looking horribly, like choosing an unimaginable tragedy for her own PR interests.
The big question here is, what to do Megan Think what’s going to happen when she rolls up in Texas? She’s far from a baby in the woods when it comes to understanding how media works, and she sure knows that her pitching in a small Texas town is always going to cause a media storm and seriously distract people. attention. Larger problems are at play.
Then why go? What does she think she can achieve by going there?
Now is not the moment when Meghan’s presence can help highlight an overlooked issue or bring national media attention to a forgotten community.
It’s worth pointing out here that President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, along with other prominent Texan luminaries, such as Mathew McConaughy, were in the midst of the heinous killing. Stayed away from the town immediately after the incident. (It was announced Friday that the Bidens will travel to Texas next Sunday to “grieve with the community.”)
There are many generous and clever ways Megan Could have used her influence and wealth to support the Uvalde community, it didn’t require her to be the star of the show.
how about using some $140 million reported Netflix could end up paying the couple to donate to any number of charities and organizations working on gun control reform.
Everytown is a “movement of moms, dads, students, survivors, educators, gun owners and concerned citizens” trying to tackle the scourge of gun violence – why not give them a huge check and urge their supporters to follow suit Woolen cloth?
One more question, why now? Authorities believe 10 people were murdered in a racially motivated massacre at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, last week. Where is the Duchess?
Before the devastating events in Uwald, there had been 26 school shootings in the United States this year. Gun violence has never been the reason the Duke and Duchess of Humanism have spoken out publicly.
Then there’s the problem with Netflix.and Page 6 It was revealed last week that Harry and Meghan had agreed to something that clearly sounded like reality TV (sorry, the correct title here is “‘At Home with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ style documentary”) TV cameras did travel together Megan?
Will we see a tearful close-up of Meghan in a few months as she recounts her mission of mercy to Ulvard’s angina? (As of this writing, daily mail Whether the Duchess is reportedly accompanied by staff from the streaming giant is unclear. )
On the surface, Meghan’s visit looks a lot like KateThe Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to murdered woman Sarah Everard in March 2021, but a closer look reveals that argument falls apart.
Most obviously, the only image we have Kate It was the cellphone photos taken in the crowd at the memorial service, showing her walking, head down, and purposefully laying flowers.
Meanwhile, there’s been a veritable hodgepodge of high-resolution photos of Meghan in Uwald, as the world’s largest photography agencies and news outlets have already made a splash at the memorials Meghan visits.
In a video posted to social media, it was clear how close the snapper was to the Duchess.Given the presence of her head of security, Alberto Alvarez, according to daily mailand certainly could intercede here, the most obvious conclusion being that she has no problem with being so close to the photographer.
(Another difference – Sarah Everard was kidnapped in a block just 15 minutes’ drive from her Kensington Palace residence in Cambridge, so it’s close to home for Kate.)
Also in Texas, Megan Visited a local community center that is running a blood drive and donated food there. “She doesn’t want anyone to know who she is,” a volunteer there told mail.
How reasonable is this? She is one of the most famous people on the planet. Does she really think she can pop out without being recognized? She can also order trays of food and water to be delivered to the community center without having to walk anywhere near the media.
The Sussexes have quite a track record when it comes to ostensibly private moments entering the public realm. In August 2020, they volunteered at the Baby2Baby event in Los Angeles, handing out back-to-school supplies and bringing their own photographer to assist them.
Then in November of the same year, they held their own DIY Remembrance Day service by laying flowers at two Commonwealth war graves in Los Angeles and being pulled by professional snappers.
Last year, her own husband spoke of the complexities of grief as he spoke of the great pain of his mother’s death: “(I) showed one-tenth the emotion that others show: this is mine Mom – you never even met her. I’m so pissed at what happened to her, there’s no justice at all. Nothing came from there.”
As the saying goes, charity starts at home. In this case, it might be better if charities also stay at home.
Daniela Elser is a royal expert and author with over 15 years of experience working with some of Australia’s leading media outlets.