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Meghan, the Leo with brio

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THE Sussexes are coming! The Sussexes are coming!   

The Coca-Cola lorry has nothing on this juggernaut of publicity.  Always entertaining and worth every penny, how would the world have coped during this dark period without the Markle-Windsor light shining?   

An almost daily reminder to us all that money and influence looks fun, but self-awareness is still the Holy Grail – and definitely not available to all.  Meghan and Harry’s new message of hope, that they are  ‘keeping it real’ is comedy genius.  

What is also comedy genius are the claims in BBC’s The Princes and the Press that Harry wanted to protect Meghan from horrid Press intrusion despite Meghan being ‘quite keen’.  

Have these people not met a Leo? To those born under that star sign (July 23 to August 22) such as Meghan and myself, the gaze of the world is the air we breathe.  Staying in the sunshine of public interest is, to the Leo mind, doing the world a favour. 

The Leo response to unpleasant stories?  Sue them. Tedious evidence?  Wave it away like a child emperor.  A Leo doesn’t do boring bits:  That’s for boring people.    

Meghan is big-picture.  And the big picture for the Leo? Attention. The opposite of attention?  Sharing attention.  Sharing is no good to a Leo. Teamwork is out.  A big fish in a small pond will not do.  A big fish in a big pond won’t do either.  Being the biggest fish in the biggest pond.  That’s where we want to be.    

So is it possible that Queen of the Leos, Meghan, is doing a little distancing between herself and her prince husband?  A graph of distances between them would show: Oprah interview (side by side), 40th birthday video (Harry in garden through window) and then Ellen’s interview (Harry’s not there and presented through hearsay and illustrations).   

Has Meghan realised that Harry can steal her sunshine?  A Leo would not play around when the attention is right there in the gaze of an Oprah lens.  Leaving her image, her very self, at risk of even the tiniest fleck of imperfection is simply not on.  That would include the Leo’s husband.   

The Leo wife would definitely have a plan for when her other half goes off-message – a squeeze of the hand, or stroke on the arm.   There was plenty of squeezing and stroking during the Oprah interview, but did the plan work?   

Maybe he did not feel the sign in his excitement or agitation. Or worse, did Harry go rogue? In the aftermath, did Meghan chastise herself for expecting too much of him? Did Meghan need to rethink her strategy for the next event? Did she take that broken arrow and put him in the garden?   

Plus, it’s so much harder to keep on the ‘keeping it real’ message if you are an actual prince.  Harry can’t share a story of hardship, having to bargain-hunt at the market or climb through the boot of a (one-doored?) car.  

 Meghan’s struggle raises a chuckle, as we know it didn’t happen. But hey, we weren’t there, so we can humour your story.  However, the laughter would stop hard and fast should Harry start bleating about money, or how his dad cut him off in his thirties. We were there, Harry.  No ‘on the make’ stories for you. Even Meghan knows that it’s a step too far to go down that risky route.   

So it would be quite the relief to the Leo to remove all risk factors. A presented version of the Leo world is so much more Leo. Meghan can give Meghan’s version of Meghan world, Meghan history, Meghan truth and Meghan husband. 

Literally she brought with her a book with a picture and narrative of Harry in place of real Harry.  A version of her family which she has been, ahem, persuaded to share because it’s so very, very good.    

No more Harry trampling over Meghan’s version of Harry. Or her happy place – a triangulated, joyful place where the world can finally hear from Meghan on what Harry thinks of her, Meghan on what the world thinks of her, and Meghan on what Meghan thinks of her. Leo Heaven, in other words.  

Harry may be much safer and happier if he lets Meghan create him in her own image. She can definitely breathe a sigh of relief. The sun has taken its rightful place in the world. And to be clear, Harry seems happy enough in his current state.   

Maybe he’s happiest playing second fiddle, him being second son, etc. There’s a risk of course, that like an Italian driver, Meghan forgets what is behind her, always looking ahead, seeking better things.    

But my money is on that maybe genuinely they are two souls who give each other exactly what they need. She wants world dominion and he just wants, like the rest of us, to see what his wife will think of next.   

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Gail MacDonald
Gail MacDonald is a professional psychologist and writer. Views expressed here are her own.

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