HM Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – The Royals – Family Affair

June is the month that the Royal Family will all get together to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

Prince Harry and Meghan have flown in from the USA with their children to be with HM on this special day. Many communities will be celebrating this auspicious occasion through partying. There will be great cheer and recognition of HM the Queen’s 70 years of remarkable service to our country.

But if we go deeper what is this get together really about? I would say it is very much a family affair. There has been much speculation by royal commentators and also the press about fragile relationships and possible divides within the Royal Family.

We as the people, however, should not speculate. We must honour their privacy and their contribution to our country.

Many families, as well as the Royal family experience rifts and also a differing of opinions. The Royal family like many families today are blended. A blended family is, 'a couple family containing two or more children, of whom at least one is the natural or adopted child of both members of the couple, and at least one is the stepchild of either partner in the couple'.

With the great loss of Lady Diana experienced all over the world (in August 1997), and most significantly by her children, Prince William and Harry, the Royal family was never the same. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall now sits beside Prince Charles and officially became part of their family in 2005.

All families have to adapt to changes and the Royal family are no different.

Prince Harry and Meghan

A more recent change within the Royal family was the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan. Meghan is not your typical royal spouse on two accounts. She is neither British and also not visibly white but of African, German, and Irish descent. This has led to great speculation in the media about whether she was fit to marry Prince Harry. Eventually, the pressure of this speculation became so great that Prince Harry and Meghan decided to take up residence in Meghan’s country, where they would be able to live in peace, be welcomed and also accepted.

Their departure was not taken well by the people of the UK. Even till today the media cling onto their every action in a judgemental manner. However never has there been any sign from her HM, the Queen that she did not accept their relationship, their marriage or their decisions.

Her Majesty has always shown great love for both Prince Harry and also Meghan. In fact, she put aside her Platinum Jubilee to celebrate the 1st birthday of their daughter, her great granddaughter, Lilibet Diana on 4th June 2022.

We must take this as a message from the Queen that she loves Prince Harry and Meghan and also their children.

In respect to our HM the Queen we must also find a way to respect Prince Harry and Meghan and, welcome their visits to the UK.

When we observe great change in the lives of those in the public eye, we must learn to understand that we also experience great change within our families. We must treat those in the public eye in the same way that we would expect to be treated, irrespective of background, gender identity, culture, country, status, age or race.

Prince Harry and William

There is no evidence that there is a rift between the two Princes, William and Harry. Seating plans are not enough evidence. They may not wish, (given the media’s reaction to them), to put on displays of affection in public. Their stoic responses may be to prevent further media speculation.

In view of this we must err on the side of caution and not jump to conclusions. HM, the Queen has served our country for 70 years. Her time dedicated to the causes in our country and her representation of our country worldwide should be more than enough to give her family the due respect and privacy they deserve.

This event will hopefully bring many of our families together and will also hopefully help us to understand that deep down we are all the same. We are all human and therefore everyone should be treated with compassion.

Congratulations to HM, the Queen on her Platinum Jubilee!

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