Royal author Gyles Brandreth has described the Duchess of Sussex’s demonstration of her curtsey to the Queen as “mocking” and “embarrassing”.
The writer-broadcaster told Vanessa Feltz’s Drivetime show on TalkTV, “Nobody curtseys like that to the Queen and nobody would have advised her to do it.”
In the Sussexes’ Netflix documentary, Meghan, seated on a sofa while the Duke of Sussex looked on beside her, stretched her arms wide and bowed her head low as she recounted how she tried to greet the late monarch when they were met for the first time.
Brandreth, a friend of the royal family, said the royal is unlikely to watch the documentaries as he doesn’t spend much time tuning in to the television, but said the show was “interesting” rather than “explosive”.
Of the curtsy, he said: “It’s embarrassing because it’s taunting – and nobody curtseys like that to the Queen and nobody would have advised her to do it.”
He added of Harry: “He would know that the bow is a short nod, so to speak, and the curtsy is a show of respect for the sovereign and, in the case of the Queen – a lady in her 90’s who has actually earned respect through a lifetime of service, and that was it.
“That kind of ridicule is uncomfortable, but it’s a cultural difference. It’s like curtseying if you were acting in Snow White.”
Brandreth said of the series that the trailer has been more exciting than the full program so far.
“If you look at the story from afar, you find it interesting, but you don’t find it alarming. For example, I don’t think the king would have seen it,” he said.
“He doesn’t watch very much TV. I don’t think he would have learned much other than his son’s unhappiness in this situation. We can all learn lessons about how we run things.”
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/meghans-curtsy-demonstration-was-mocking-gyles-brandreth-says-42206242.html Meghan’s curtsy demonstration was ‘mocking’, Gyles Brandreth says