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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Sharing the parents. William and Harry face the same issues as all siblings

by Rashmee

Posted on March 15, 2021


/ BLIMEY BLIGHTY It was interesting – but rather sad – to read a story about Prince William’s alleged unhappiness with a photo of used by Harry and Megan on their Archewell Foundation website on New Year’s Day. The photo, according to the story, was of William and Harry’s mother, Princess Diana. She was carrying … Continue reading “Sharing the parents. William and Harry face the same issues as all siblings”

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Like any business, the Royal Family must supply the goods that keep it profitable

by Rashmee

Posted on March 11, 2021


/IT’S THE BUSINESS  The truest analysis of the Harry and Meghan interview with Oprah has to be in business terms. Meghan called the British Royal Family “the Firm”. And it is. It is an institution that sells the idea of itself to remain rich and relevant. Mark Landler put it exceedingly well in The New … Continue reading “Like any business, the Royal Family must supply the goods that keep it profitable”

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Did Harry subtly nudge the needle of suspicion to point at Prince Charles?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 10, 2021


/ TAKE UP ONE IDEA Journalist learn how to read “no comment”, to divine who might be an “anonymous source” and the chances that an individual referred to without identification is actually “Mr X” or “Ms Y”. It is  guesswork, of course and not always accurate. But often enough, it is. Accordingly, Harry and Meghan’s … Continue reading “Did Harry subtly nudge the needle of suspicion to point at Prince Charles?”

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Like Brexit, Meghan and Harry have warring tribes enlisting for and against

by Rashmee

Posted on March 8, 2021


/ BLIMEY BLIGHTY Sometimes it takes an outsider to see the deepest truths within a family. Or a country. The Washington Post’s London bureau seems to be playing that role for Britain in its diagnosis of the divisions sparked by the Harry and Meghan interview with Oprah Winfrey. The Post noted, for instance, that “Where … Continue reading “Like Brexit, Meghan and Harry have warring tribes enlisting for and against”

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