Would diversity and the British royal family mean more Plantagenets?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 5, 2021


/ BLIMEY BLIGHTY I’m not a royalist but I generally try not to be rude about the British Queen. She will be 95 this month for God’s sakes and it’s not particularly kind to go round metaphorically kicking an old lady. That said, news that the British royal family may appoint a diversity champion had … Continue reading “Would diversity and the British royal family mean more Plantagenets?”

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So long, and thanks for all the ‘princessing’

by Rashmee

Posted on January 11, 2020


  Anyone enraged by Harry and Meghan’s stated wish for a partial exit from the British royal family might want to read Monica Hesse’s interesting take on the whole thing. Ms Hesse incidentally, is a Washington Post columnist, who writes about gender and its impact on society. In line with her news beat, she discusses the … Continue reading “So long, and thanks for all the ‘princessing’”

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Prince Harry was right. Online games are delusional as Te-Ping Chen’s short story shows

by Rashmee

Posted on June 19, 2019


The appropriateness of Prince Harry’s warning about Fortnite some little time ago can hardly be overstated. Fortnite, of course, is the online game and online games are B I G. Just the other day I heard on the radio about a young man named Mats Steen, who died of a degenerative disease and spent most of … Continue reading “Prince Harry was right. Online games are delusional as Te-Ping Chen’s short story shows”

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‘Trump Baby’ flies over London

by Rashmee

Posted on June 3, 2019


If it’s summer in Britain, it must bring Donald Trump. That’s how it’s starting to feel. Last July, Mr Trump insisted on making a working visit to the UK. He worked on that visit, managing to do three painful things to the host country: he rebuked the head of government, prime minister Theresa May; seemingly … Continue reading “‘Trump Baby’ flies over London”

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Tell me again, why is Donald Trump favouring Britain with his presence right now?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 1, 2019


Those who’re wondering why Donald Trump is favouring Britain with his presence should read Anne Applebaum’s assessment in the Washington Post. (Click here for the piece or just read on – this blog will give you a sense of what she says.) It might seem a mystery that the US president (any US president) would … Continue reading “Tell me again, why is Donald Trump favouring Britain with his presence right now?”

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Decoding brand loyalty of the world’s royalty

by Rashmee

Posted on May 11, 2019 / First Post


The birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first child raises a question that used to be asked more regularly in the 20th century than in the 21st: what’s the point of hereditary monarchies and extended royal families? They enshrine exclusivism and elitism. There are only two ways to join the club-by birth or through … Continue reading “Decoding brand loyalty of the world’s royalty”

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Did you notice it’s Commonwealth Day? Probably not until you heard about Meghan Markle

by Rashmee

Posted on March 11, 2019


Did you notice it’s Commonwealth Day? No, nor did anyone else. So the British Queen, that crafty PR strategist, brought in reinforcements to ensure due heed is paid next time round. Meghan Markle. Just ahead of Commonwealth Day, March 11, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II appointed Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, vice president of the Queen’s … Continue reading “Did you notice it’s Commonwealth Day? Probably not until you heard about Meghan Markle”

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British choreography should have risen beyond the symbolic gesture

by Rashmee

Posted on June 29, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


When Prince William became the first member of the British royal family to officially visit the Palestinian Territories, some said it was fine so far as it went, but the gesture came seven decades too late. It was a reference to Britain’s perceived irrelevance in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, 71 years after the British Mandate in … Continue reading “British choreography should have risen beyond the symbolic gesture”

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What meaning did Meghan Markle’s white wedding dress really have?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 21, 2018


That Meghan Markle’s elegant wedding dress was white meant really nothing at all. It didn’t really have any particular meaning, considering Ms Markle was previously married and seemed to be living with Harry before their May 19 ceremony in Windsor. It was meant to be virginal. Certainly, it had nothing of the symbolic significance Queen … Continue reading “What meaning did Meghan Markle’s white wedding dress really have?”

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Did Andrew Morton just knife Meghan Markle, she who can smize with elan?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 2, 2018


  “She wants to be Princess Diana 2.0.” That quote from Meghan Markle’s childhood friend Ninaki Priddy jumped out at me in the Sunday Times’ extract from Andrew Morton’s forthcoming book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess. Mr Morton, you’ll recall, was the Princess of Wales’s confidante and confidential tell-all. That quote in Mr Morton’s new book … Continue reading “Did Andrew Morton just knife Meghan Markle, she who can smize with elan?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK