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Meghan Markle is not a horse so she won’t bolt

PUBLISHED: 18:30 08 May 2018 | UPDATED: 18:30 08 May 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Germaine Greer is always good value and after she appeared on This Morning last week saying that Meghan Markle will ‘bolt’, she got my family into a spin.

First, it was my other half on the phone. “Will the marriage last, do you think?” he wanted to know. “I’m worried about Prince Harry. He’s been through a lot.”

“Ah, well that depends,” I replied, enigmatically, once I had drily assimilated the fact that he thought this worthy of serious discussion before I got home.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, I found my parents drinking coffee with their friend Carol.

“Well, it’s terrible,” Carol was saying. “The things they’ve got her wearing! (summarised, one assumes, by Germaine’s reference to a ‘cow turd hat’). They want her dowdy and she’s a beautiful girl! They’re going to squash her! It’s not right!”

“The trouble is that they don’t want another Camilla situation,” chimes in my father, who blames Camilla for pretty much everything from Diana to a headache to the gas bill and the price of fish.

“Well, I like Camilla!” says my mother. “Good woman. Horsey. You’ve got to love a woman who loves her horses. And she makes Charles happy, doesn’t she?”

The Royal end of the conversation then tailed off for a bit while my father lambasted me for writing last week about Diane Abbott in positive terms – this is very much not allowed.

A rant about Jeremy Corbyn followed – but then again, we both have big questions about him as a leader, so that didn’t last long. Dad is never happy when we agree.

Back to the Royals again, then?

“It’ll be like Fergie,” Mum puts in. “They said she was a breath of fresh air too. Poor Prince Andrew. He really loved her.”

“He should have been allowed to marry Koo Stark,” says my father, mainly, I suspect, because he’d rather like to have married Koo Stark himself.

“Fergie was a good old girl,” says Carol, sagely.

“And she used to go riding with the Queen,” adds my mother, which settles everything.

Later, I related the conversation to my other half and this time I told him my view, which is this. Without of course really knowing the people involved – not that this appears to stop everyone I know from having extremely confident opinions on the matter – the question of whether Meghan will ‘bolt’ or not has very little to do with her, and very much to do with her prince.

Meghan, from all evidence so far, seems to be a bright, articulate young woman in love, with her own opinions; and as long as she is allowed to remain so, and as long as Prince Harry backs her all the way, she will be happy as a horse in fresh straw.

(Horses don’t bolt when they’re happy, and neither will she).

But the minute she is required to force her natural self down, if that hasn’t happened already, is the minute the doubts will begin.

“A woman stays if her husband will just let her be,” I told my other half, who is only too aware of this.

Alternatively, one can follow the example of my parents, still bickering cheerfully together after 50 golden years.

My mother also got a horse as a wedding present. I sense this was the clincher.


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