I thought I remembered feminist intellectual Germaine Greer saying some stuff about the Duchess of Cambridge. I was right, although I had to look it up – Greer talked about Kate in 2014, when Kate was pregnant with Princess Charlotte. Greer had some very odd thoughts about Kate, and re-reading those comments now, almost four years later, they read as someone being way too generous to Kate. At that point, Kate had pretty much become a blank slate upon which people could project any personality. Greer projected the idea that Kate was “in charge” of William and that Kate was the powerful intellectual behind the throne.
None of that is true. It’s pretty clear now that Kate is just low-key and only keen when she’s got competition. Anyway, I bring up that old Greer post because she has some thoughts about Meghan Markle. The thoughts are… odd.
During an interview with 60 Minutes Australia this weekend, outspoken and controversial feminist author Germaine Greer said she thinks Markle “will bolt” as soon as she gets a sense of what life in the British royal family (which Greer refers to as “the firm”) is really like.
“Let’s hope they’re in love. If they’re not it’s going to be totally unbearable,” Greer told journalist Tara Brown. “She will see vistas of boredom that are unbelievable. I think the pressure to escape from the firm is crushing.”
When Brown asked what she predicted for the couple’s future, Greer answered, “I think she’ll bolt.”
“She bolted before. She was out the door,” she said, referring to Markle’s 2013 divorce from Trevor Engelson. “I think she’ll bolt. I hope in a way that she’ll bolt but maybe she’ll take Harry with her.”
When asked why Markle, already a successful television star, would give up her career to marry into the royal family, Greer quipped: “Why would a girl born in poverty marry a man with 53 million quid? I can’t think of single reason.” Still, she conceded. “She probably is in love with him. He’s glamorous despite having red hair.”
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I wondered the other day if Meghan would get second thoughts or even cold feet as the wedding date inched closer. I don’t think Meghan is a “bolter,” but I do think that she would be unlikely to stay in a marriage which isn’t working for any long period of time. You know? Like, if they have a rough couple of months and they weather the storm, she’ll be fine. But if they grow apart and she’s being overworked and they don’t have enough time together… yeah, I could see her bolting.
Here’s a clip from Greer’s interview – she doesn’t come across as so cold and bitter, just sort of Aussie/matter-of-fact. She says that she hopes Meghan and Harry do stay married, actually. And she says it would be “more modern” of them if they didn’t have kids.
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