Some will see this change as a breath of fresh air; other than dangerous and self-centered subversion of long-established and sacred methods of doing things. I think both judgments are true.
However, the change was not only staged by the future-oriented young couple. The queen also accepted it for reasons that seem similar to those of Lampedusa's heroes.
She knows that the royal family has to adapt if it is to survive and prosper in the 21st century. Fate has given him the opportunity to do so in the form of Archie, the son of an American whose mother is black. He is seventh on the throne, but much higher in pecking order in terms of his importance to the company.
As soon as Meghan and Harry present the baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor to the great-grandparents, the Queen and Prince Philip, the proud grandmother watches Doria
Three days ago, Harry and Meghan posted a picture on their Instagram account (quickly followed by the official publication by Buckingham Palace) that they use to design and polish their profile for their 7.5 million followers and the world. Unlike previous members of the royal family, they hope to control their own image rather than entrusting it to the whims of the media.
This photo, which has been published on thousands of websites around the world, captures a deeply symbolic moment. Meghan, the revered mother, weighs Archie in her arms. Very little of him can be seen, since his tiny head is covered in a white cashmere hat, as at his press photo shoot.
Her mother Doria Ragland stands on Meghan's right. It is a scene of harmony between multiple races and generations. The queen, who wears a blue cardigan and looks a little as if she had wandered in from the 1950s, smiles at Archie with an openness and warmth that will have moved everyone except the quickest of hearts.
Next in the background are Harry, the loving and even awesome father, and a shining Prince Philip. The 97-year-old duke was once a victim of arrogant racist statements as "Phil the Greek" and himself guilty of racially stereotyping the Chinese as "slitting eyes". He is an integral part of this remodeled royal family.
The Duke and Duchess shared this heartwarming photo on their Instagram account, which they use to design and polish their profile for their 7.5 million followers and the world. Unlike previous members of the royal family, they hope to control their own image rather than entrusting it to the whims of the media
None of these racist friendships will have been remotely foreign to the Queen, since during her reign she devoted herself to the Commonwealth and made many friends in Africa and elsewhere, not least the great Nelson Mandela.
She was in Kenya with Prince Philip in February 1952 when she was told that her father George VI had died.
The new Elizabethan era began in Africa and is slowly coming to an end with the Queen's grandson, who is married to a woman of partly African-American descent.
How far have you and this country traveled since this distant day! In 1952, in the death battles of the British Empire, it would have been inconceivable for a member of the royal family to have married a black or multiracial person. Too often black people in Africa or in this country have been expected to be servants or, if they are educated, lawyers or docile politicians.
Meghan ended up in what was believed to be a private London hospital, although this has not yet been confirmed. The identity of the doctors present at birth was also not disclosed or made public, as is normally the case with royal births
A few years earlier there had been turmoil when Seretse Khama, the English-speaking member of the royal family in later Botswana, married Ruth Williams, a middle-class Englishwoman. The then Labor government even tried to stop this interracial marriage. However, things went well and Khama eventually became the president of his country.
It is just a picture, you could say – and that is true, but it is one that tells a crucial story about enormous changes in our country.
Many families in the UK could offer themselves as examples of race match, but so far not the royal family.
A visitor from Mars, to whom this photo was presented, could observe the discontinuity of these people – their normality and lightness with each other. Here is a version of the royal family that is geared towards modern Britain.
These are values that Harry and Meghan (which I suspect are the driving force in this endeavor) want to project in their own way, perhaps without being fully aware of the extent of the historical changes they have initiated. Archie is inadvertently a standard. Bearer of something new.
None of these racist friendships will have been remotely foreign to the Queen, since during her reign she devoted herself to the Commonwealth and made many friends in Africa and elsewhere, not least the great Nelson Mandela
His parents apparently long to escape what they consider to be a tying band of tradition. Her plan was for the baby to be born in her home, Frogmore Cottage, Windsor, rather than in a fancy clinic near Harley Street, run by Sir Humphrey This or Sir Lancelot That.
By chance, Meghan ended up in a presumably private London hospital, although this has not yet been confirmed. The identity of the doctors present at birth was also not disclosed or made public, as is normally the case with royal births.
The name "Archie" – it is not called "Archibald" – is apparently intended to convey a lack of pomposity. It can even indicate a certain classiness. There is a P.G. Wodehouse character named Archie Moffam who has some of Bertie Wooster's gracious but insecure qualities and is a bit of a card.
Although Archie would be eligible to use the Earl of Dumbarton courtesy title, Harry and Meghan want him to be known as the homemade master Mountbatten-Windsor. However, this obvious act of humility can only be temporary, and it will take a title when Prince Charles becomes king.
I think few people would make fun of Harry and Meghan's attempts to bypass some of the awkward paraphernalia of royal life, although I personally would like doctors to be publicly thanked as is the custom. Still, I can see it's hardly a big deal.
In many ways, the young couple's fresh approach and desire to find their own way are welcome. The problem is that there seem to be more motives involved than just wanting to do things in their own way and avoid the circus that usually takes place at royal births.
In the past week, we have had insights into other agendas. In Harry's case, his deep caution towards the press has reappeared. Meghan apparently shares some of this – although she, as a former actress in an American TV drama, knows how to be happy with the media if she likes – but her preferences seem more likely to be shaped by the desire to be valued in her home country will.
There is no denying that stage management of events has had some bizarre aspects in the past few days. In some cases there appears to have been a deliberate cunning.
For example, after being informed by Harry or his officials, Buckingham Palace released a statement Monday at 1:49 p.m. that Meghan was in labor. In fact, she had given birth eight hours earlier.
Perhaps the misinformation doesn't matter much, although it is certainly annoying to journalists who are used to dealing with royal spin doctors fairly directly. The point is that it is always advisable to tell the truth. Refusing to admit where the birth took place was very strange.
It seems that Harry was determined to hold back everything but the bare minimum. Of course, he and Meghan are entitled to their privacy, but as members of the royal family, whose protagonists are funded by taxpayers, they have an inevitable public role – and the associated duties.
When Archie was finally introduced to the world media in a fairly orchestrated encounter, he was wrapped in clothing so that most of his head was covered with a hood so that he was almost a prop. It was as if his parents wanted to share as little of him with the world as possible.
While Harry could be accused of being a bit odd, Meghan risked the allegation of favor by inviting her close friend Gayle King – who also happens to be the host of a morning show for the U.S. CBS network – to spend some time with her to spend.
Suspicion may arise that Meghan, who as a former actress loves the camera, is striving to maintain her image and bathe in widespread veneration in the country of her birth.
As for Harry, his stance towards the media is understandable, as he believes his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, has been persecuted by the press and persecuted by wild paparazzi until her death.
In truth, she had many personal relationships with journalists, and her death was mainly caused by her frenzied, drunk chauffeur.
But Harry, whose opinion the press in his younger days did not improve the sowing of wild oats and therefore sometimes appears in an unworthy manner on the front pages of newspapers, cannot or will not see the whole picture.
Just a few months ago, he merged the mainstream media with the social media, accusing them of "distorting the truth and trying to manipulate the power of positive thinking."
It goes without saying that the press is anything but perfect. But although Harry and Meghan seem to believe that they can interact with people satisfactorily through their Instagram account, they need the mainstream media to communicate with the public.
In the end, the media can take care of themselves. However, if people came up with the idea of being fed self-serving half-truths – as it seems to have happened in the past week – it is not good for the beautiful new royal family that they are helping to build.
Let me come back to this photo and the impression it gives of a modern monarchy in keeping with Britain in the 21st century. It's like I say Harry and Meghan are harbingers of a force that is much greater than them.
When we remember past monarchs and their reign, we often think of portraits that captured the mood of the time. Holbein's famous picture (a copy, I'm afraid) of a truculent Henry VIII adorned with jewels; Van Dyck's portraits of an enthusiastic Karl I; countless paintings by Queen Victoria, from the attractive young woman to the powerful Empress of India.
It is too much to assume that a future age could look back on our own, and in this photo – with the Queen on happy and equal terms with a black yoga teacher who lives in Los Angeles – to see the conclusion of a revolution to which she Start contributed 67 years ago, which has now been realized by Harry, Meghan and Archie?
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