Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watch a performance by a Welsh choir in the banqueting hall during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Getty Images)
Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — To every listener, especially every kid, who has ever yearned for mega-celebrity, great wealth and life in the fast lane, pay close attention tothe sagaof Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.
These young royals have it all, don’t they?
Good looks, fancy clothes, servants attending to every need, and the unlimited funds and publicity that comes with being a member of the royal family.
And they can’t run away from it fast enough.
The couple went on Instagram yesterday to announce they “intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal family and work to become financially independent,” splitting their time between the UK and North America.
And they apparently didn’t discuss it with Harry’s grandma, Queen Elizabeth, or anyone else at Buckingham Palace before they bailed.
You will recall that Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, was literally hounded to death by paparazzi. And after watching the British media do their best to pursue and slander his wife, Harry said recently that his “deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person.”
Harry and Meghan won’t be going hungry.
He is a decorated veteran who will be a prize catch for any number of corporate boards and charities.
She is an actress, writer and fashion designer.
Because they are willing to turn their back on fame and fortune, they now have a shot at a happy marriage and family life, without the misery that too often comes with the fast lane.
More power to them, and to the example they’re setting.
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