April 11 The Buckingham Palace issued a statement on behalf of Prince Harry and Megan Markl, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. This note thanked the benevolent people, but then began the case: "Their Royal Highnesses made a personal decision to keep plans for the arrival of their child privately. The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to sharing exciting news with everyone as soon as they have the opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family. " Lindo Clay Hospital St. Mary, whose entrance to the New York Times last year was named "the most popular door in the world."
"There is no family-friendly pool in the Kensington Palace and stork flocks fly, this is in the book ̵
"Megan You Can not Claim" Privacy "After Your Star Souls And Weddings We Divorced For £ 30 Million Have Read The Sun Title Lauren Clark. "Being royal, this is not a part time job." Meanwhile, non-journalists are also flaring up; some call for " Megxit ." Although many people – especially women and, in particular, mothers – applauded the decisions of the Duke and Duchess, it was clear that others felt cheated. For them, Megan may have abandoned the acting cast, but still expected to play his part. Everything is in the tradition of men.
Ironically, if Megan really has a homeland, it will lead a much more established tradition; St. Mary's Hospital has been the royal station for generic activity over the past four decades for only three mothers of the monarchy: Princess Anne, Princess Diana, and Kate Middleton, present-day Duchess of Cambridge. Not a very long-standing practice for an institution that existed from 1066 N. E.
It can not be denied that the events of the life of the royal family are not just personal markers for individuals. Over time, these moments have become common, social rituals with the general public. (Or, perhaps, they are simply, for the better or worse, the distractions that we congratulate in our lives – the respite from the secular or the more acute). And think of what makes a man royal. It should be either through marriage, as in the case of Meganom, or through birth and blood. The system can be archaic, but obsession with royal pregnancy, at a certain level, makes sense. Babies are the key to preserving the monarchy
It can be argued that British citizens deserve this early, first glance at the potential future heir of the country. But Baby Sussex will be seventh in line for the throne and can not even earn a royal title. There is also a circus for the media; since the Lindo Wing photo has become more convention for many years, it is also becoming more and more cumbersome. What awaits beyond the threshold is the presentation of the Pride Rock-esque with fewer giraffes and zebras and more mounted staircases by pressing cameras and creepy dolls. Daily Mail's Daily Mail columnist Jan Moyr called him "an absolutely awkward British oggy ograss, pushing out traffic jams and knitted booties." Of course, this applies to the newborn.
Strangely enough, if Megan really has a homeland, it will behave a much more established tradition.
Since Megan joined the royal sphere, she has been given countless stories that launch gamma. Some of them were negative – the history of a social climber, a demanding quirk "Princess of the Pushy" – others – more positive: she is the favorite black princess, modern Cinderella, modernist and modest savior of the monarchy. She became a prominent heroine in fairy tales of opposites-attraction: the transatlantic novel between the Yankees and Britons, a common man and a prince, a double black woman and a white man.
And with this pregnancy the fairy tale continues to spin. She is the palace-pest, the Duchess of Cheating, the threat to the monarchy. Even fans have designed the meaning of her rejection of Lindo Wing's photos; Hannah Furn of the Independent, for example, praised Megan's decision to accept as admitting that "birth is not easy." Although the premise is true (pregnancy is difficult), this interpretation is not necessarily accurate; Megan, apparently, does not want to pull the pantyhose and waving the camera hours after he pushes a person out of her body, but this may not be the main reason for keeping birth out of sight. The truth is that we do not know the truth of Megan, and its commitment to its confidentiality guarantees this.
And although Megan's refusal from immediate postpartum execution is called deviation from the royal protocol, the pressure seems false. Is it really a tradition? Or, rather, a sense of ownership and ownership over Megan's life and body? What, if anything, can the Sussexians do to reshuffle the hard roles that they inherited?
Prince Harry and Megan Marcus's decision to preserve a mother about her childbirth plan should not be shocking . The couple has always been known as private. Their calm began secretly – secret dates between London and Toronto, and a romantic vacation to Botswana. When the word came about racial, international relations, the press has thrown. Accordingly, the Prince issued an unprecedentedly rigorous statement to the media about their treatment with Meganom, which included fragments of smear dependent on racist and sexist tracks, as well as the harassment of her and her family. "This is not a game – it's her life and it," – said in a memory. Prince Harry did not play.
Prince Harry's contempt for the British tabloid press was overdue long before Megan's coverage. His mother, Princess Diana, was killed in a car accident in the Pon de Alma tunnel, trying to avoid paparazzi. Duncan Larkomb, author and former royal editor The Sun wrote last year: "In the mind of Harry, his mother killed the press. I know this because he told me that several times in private. "
Sussex allowed a minimal press on their wedding – it is reported that four photojournalists outside the chapel, one reporter inside – and since then moved from London to Windsor Cottage Frogmore, for" more space and privacy, "- says source Vanity Fair . But their efforts to keep the press away from reach are doing so much, especially in protecting Megan, who was Google's youngest person in 2018.
Prince Harry's contempt for the British tabloid press was maturing even before Megan's coverage.
George Clooney, a friend and wedding guest of Sussex, told the journal "Who's Australia": "She was persecuted and disgraced and persecuted in the same way as Diana and her [sic] history was repeated." who collaborates with a documentary series of mental health with Prince Harry, also defended Megan at CBS This Morning earlier this month: "If people really knew her, they would know that she is not just everything we perceive as her be – graceful and dynamic in carrying out this position – but she just lovely, warm, gives, loving heart. I see the whole crazy press around her, and I think it's really unfair.
Curiosity can quickly turn into cruelty, and the reaction of royal reporters to Megan's decision is proof. Anxiety about dissatisfied expectations is one thing, but detected rage testifies to something more false: mistakenly received, but an old license for a female body. And the protest is aggravated by the fact that Megan is a nobleman and still considered an outsider (in other words, unworthy).
There is a charming irony in the temporary self-extracting of Megan from the public sphere; although she is constantly criticized as seeking attention, she is now excited for being too private. But there is also something calm and especially strong that Megan takes his pregnancy into his own hands, regardless of external pressure. Children's Sussex will be the first (publicly recognized) noble child born in the British monarchy. Historically, the British public has claimed ownership – in different ways – over black and over brown bodies, as well as the lives of members of the royal family. Thus, Megan's decision about the approach of pregnancy in its own environment, identifying the priority of the well-being of its child, taking these complex roles and identities, is particularly significant and unprecedented.
Not only is a birational black woman from America – a country where black women are three or four times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than white women – (I hope) to provide the comfort and environment that she wants during childbirth, but She abandons the role of the play, superhuman that was intended
Disputes around the birth plan were not the first to be questioned by Meghan as soon as Mom. She was oppressed for being too big and pushing her stomach ("We understand you are pregnant!"). And then there are theories of conspiracy that the duchess falsifies his pregnancy, in spite of the huge number of social obligations that she expects.
The royal family is under constant control and their pregnancy is no exception. Tabloids once called Sarah Ferguson a "duchess of pork" due to pregnancy, and former Kate Middleton was accused of falsifying her pregnancy (her slipperiness was partly due to severe morning sickness). And Megan turned out to be much more tartar and accusations of obscenity. She may have abandoned the acting cast, but she still awaits the performance.
The concept that pregnancy doubles as a public performance is not really new. Bouncing from the post-child organ, he became an extreme, competitive sport. We glamorize the glow of soon-to-be mothers, in spite of morning sickness, fatigue and swelling that they may feel at the same time. Meanwhile, the distribution of Instagram moms, which contribute to an ideal family life, not only enhances the booming children's produce, but also gives the desire – if unrealistic – models for maternity.
t expected. The terms "shimmer" and "child contact" often co-operate in pregnancy-related headlines, and expecting mothers are a profitable feed for the sale of magazines. So-called "sympathetic" pregnancies became, as Anne Helen Petersen wrote in 2017, "one of the main ways of publicity of a female celebrity."
But on a deeper level, the way we see pregnant celebrities guarantees public self-reflection. We turned pregnancy into a police state. In Pregnant with Stars: Watching and Celebrating the Celebrity Childhood Blow Judge and author Rene Ann Kramer writes: "When we watch of a pregnant celebrity, we see how our cultures judge which bodies are acceptable and desirable – which performances of femininity and pregnancy are considered ideal. " And when we watch the pregnant Duke of Sussex we see what royal and racial performances are considered ideal or just acceptable.
Megan is far from being the first public figure who preferred a restrained delivery process. Cardi B refused the pregnancy for several months, and then explained her reasoning, saying, "People aspire to study carefully and try to destroy what is supposed to [sic] to be a blessing." while others, like Eva Mendes and Alexey Bledel, were more hidden, completely removed from the public eye. Meanwhile, Kylie Jenner turned down her attention and later introduced her pregnancy on her own (though, on the market) terms, just as Megan seems to be hoping to do it. Self-determination of solitude is almost retro-movement; Pregnancy was once considered cozy, but it could not be seen.
But now, instead of preserving the birth privately for the sake of decency, it has become a decision, a choice. And when, as Kramer notes, monitoring of the pregnant body seems to coincide with greater public ownership of it (which in turn may have social and legal implications for the management of women's rights). becomes more control and requires dignity.
"In a sense, its public role is work," says Lauren Smith Brody, author of P & # 39; s trimester . – So she says: "I do not work when my baby is one day." This is a step that sets the boundary on behalf of all working mothers, royal or not. Megan's appointment to her welfare over her popularity sends a clear signal, even if the royal is considered a round-the-clock job.
Earlier this month @sussexroyal was launched – the official Instagram account for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The bill gathered more than a million followers in less than six hours, setting Guinness World Record for the milestone. Today, more than 4.9 million users follow the handle.
The couple's actions have previously fallen to the official @kensingtonroyal page, Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton (since Sussex was removed from the account statement). Prince Harry and Megan have already started (again) entering the landscape of social media in subtle ways – last year, the Kensington Palace sometimes gave a picture to the lender duke or the Duke of Sussex – but starting a personal account indicates a clear change.
There is an honest concern that this new social assault will be too perfect. "If [Harry and Meghan] can continue to cut off tabloids, do not be surprised if more and more curatorial images that we leave are simply not clear," writes Slate Ruth Graham. But although the couple is likely to choose a photo and maintain a certain standard of self-presentation – just like most Instagram users – they have already shown a departure from other accounts on social networks.
Unlike the Cambridge Clan – whose profile photo is useful, the autumn family portrait – the Duke and Duchess Sussex has a logo: a cursive, a monogram H and M, crowned with a crown. They abandoned their first position as "Harry and Megan" – by setting random, first names with their followers, while other members of the royal family use their titles in the positions of social media. And some detective work suggests that Megan himself could manage the account; some of his wording contributed to certain American spelling and terms (for example, diapers instead of diapers). And this reflects their social media and marketing savvy. Between the old Tig-Meghan lifestyle blog and its now invalid personal Instagram, Meghan once had a fruitful online presence filled with prototype influencing material. (And despite the disconnection of her former online stores as part of her preparation for the princess, last year, the New York Times suggested that Megan may be "the greatest influence of all." Meanwhile, Harry contributed to the modernization of the monarchy.In documentaries, frank interviews & # 39; s about mental health (both him and at all), as well as his grandmother's casting, as well as Obama, in the promotional video for Invictus games
Their PR strategy is smart. She keeps them in a certain quantity and accessibility – Instagram is the fastest growing social network, yada yada – and it was also Practically less formal PA system than standard royal press releases, it recently allowed couples to redirect money for gifts to the four different charities they chose. But although their approach violates the old, restrictive boundaries, it also establishes healthy, allowing the spouse bypass media that they have no real commitment or cause to trust; the relationship between the tabloid monarchy, in particular, was far more paranoid than symbiotic. Moving forward, royal reporters may continue to span the spouses in a less pleasant way, but Sussex now has less need to engage. Why reward bad behavior?
As the past came to an end in February, Beyoncé, the ruling monarch of the United States, placed a photograph of her and her husband Jay-Z. Simulating the cult moment of the music video "APESHIT" located in the Louvre, the duet stood proudly before the royal portrait of the Duchess Sussex with sepia, a brilliant tiara on top of the head, and a neck in pearl balls. Next to the photo, the message: "In honor of the Black Month of History, we worship one of our Melanized Monas. Congratulations on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy ".
Like Megan to Mona Lisa is unusually suited. Around her is a mystery, not to mention the growing obsession with her smile. Both of them became the subject of review – among the most recognizable persons in the world – and both of them accidentally became absurdly known. "Мона Ліза" просунулася до слави завдяки столітній художній справі, а Меган просто закохалася в тодішнього найкращого бакалавра в світі. І, незважаючи на правду, Меган теж став полотном, на якому розписані історії. Екосистема, на яку вона очікує, що вона буде покладатись і годувати в – екосистему, яка здебільшого шкодить їй і її родині. І зробивши все це, вона відсікає свої приписані розповіді і вибирає свою власну.
Можливо, Меган не хоче, щоб громадськість знала її, або вона відчуває, що її статус і призначена роль робить неможливим. Можливо, @sussexroyal буде її спробою та чоловіком. Незважаючи на це, вони явно виходять за межі жорстких правил королівської поведінки та самовизначення – мабуть, це єдина розкіш, яка ніколи не була надана Британській монархії. Коли справа доходить до королівської особи – і, можливо, в наш час ненадійної цифрової конфіденційності, всі інші також – приватність стає привілеєм.
Коли @sussexroyal народився, за місяць до того, як приїхав Baby Sussex, його перший пост слайд-шоу з безлічі фотографій, яскраве обертання рукостискань, обійми, а також слон для хорошої міри. Остаточний слайд – фотографія герцога і герцогині, що стояв на балконі готелю Grand Pacific у Фіджі – був, мабуть, найбільш вражаючим. фотографи, розмахуючи, як колись робили бабусі й дідусі Гаррі. Але образ, який Сассекс вирішив поділитися з цього моменту, був явним зрушенням з історичного зображення королеви, а замість цього чорно-білий знімок більше нагадував їх першу різдвяну листівку як подружжя. На цій фотографії герцог і герцогиня стояли, тримаючись один за одного на своєму весільному прийомі, спиною до камери, але з озером Фрогмор на задньому плані замість моря людей, феєрверк замість проблискових камер. В обох випадках вони підштовхують усіх нас до зміщення нашого колективного погляду. Ми бачимо, що вони бачать, і тільки якщо вони хочуть, щоб ми. ●
Сенді Ранкадува – письменник, комедійний режисер Шрі-Ланки та канадський письменник, який написаний для віруючих, читачів BuzzFeed та Rolling Stone. Співробітник BuzzFeed Emerging Writer у 2018 році, вона тепер розколює свій час між Брукліном і Галіфаксом.