THE BRITISH monarchy’s record of absorbing outsiders is patchy. On March 7th the world was treated to dramatic evidence of the latest failure, in the form of an interview which Prince Harry and Ms Markle—the Duke and Duchess of Sussex—gave to Oprah Winfrey, a celebrity interviewer. […] Another big difference between the prince’s mother and his wife is that, in this case, the wife has left the country and taken her husband with her—as Wallis Simpson, the last American to marry a senior member of the royal family, went off to Paris with Edward VIII. […] There has been plenty of criticism of the couple’s decision to leave Britain for California , and of their attempt to retain some of the privileges of royalty while doing so. […] The Duchess of Sussex is not; and her complaint in her interview that while she was a royal she was not allowed to talk to Ms Winfrey without other people in the room demonstrated her failure to grasp the need to subsume individual needs in those of the institution.
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