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SARAH VINE: It’s hard to sound truly modest when you’re just talking about yourself, Meghan 

There was a time when neither the appointment of a new Prime Minister nor the exit of the Home Secretary could match the strong attraction of the Duchess of Sussex. But at the time, she seemed just a rather charming addition to a slightly dated royal: a ray of sunshine from Los Angeles has brightened up our days – and those of Prince Harry.

Since then, some truths have resurfaced – perhaps not all as she had hoped. It’s not entirely unreasonable that the general British public – the Duchess can’t seem to stay away from them – has become more cautious about her motives and intentions.

So just six months ago, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent the night at Frogmore Cottage, what could have been a whirlwind of flashes and flowers quietly began, just minutes from Harry’s brother and from his family. Steps away, newly installed in the Queen’s Windsor Estate.

Despite their closeness, they unfortunately spent the evening alone and the day before yesterday discreetly boarded the Avanti West Coast Service at 12:20 p.m. for Manchester Piccadilly, where Meghan will be at One Young World Speeches on gender equality were spoken at the summit, which brought together young leaders from more than 190 countries.

Sarah Wien: There was a time when appointing a new Prime Minister and quitting the Home Office wouldn’t match the Duchess of Sussex’s strong attraction

At 6 p.m., a few prying eyes or paparazzi shots appeared to escape the security cordon around them – paid for by the prince himself, who is still suing the Home Office for his right to police protection on the British soil.

Could it be that after a disastrous week in which the Duchess’s various remarks earned her less-than-thrilled critics, they’ve finally read the piece and decided to keep things low-key?

When the couple were pictured on stage waving to organizers – Meghan wore red – online posts from the stage were silent and hundreds of spectators waited patiently for the main event.

Then, all of a sudden, we’re alive. A group of young people took the stage – from Moldova to Montenegro, waving flags to the melody of “Moving Forward”.

the general British public ¿ The Duchess can't seem to stay away from them ¿ Not entirely unreasonable, more cautious about her motives and intentions

the general British public ¿ The Duchess can't seem to stay away from them ¿ Not entirely unreasonable, more cautious about her motives and intentions

It’s not entirely unreasonable that the general British public – the Duchess can’t seem to stay away from them – has become more cautious about her motives and intentions.

Harry and Meghan sat in the front row, smiling and applauding as the various delegates were treated and the crowd cheered. Harry looked typically angry. Meghan flashed her most “interested” smile as the music rolled in with respect to Aretha Franklin. The American standard bearer waved his encouragement. Everyone stood up and did a little awkward daddy dance.

First, the group’s chair, former Irish President Mary Robinson, quoted Nelson Mandela’s brief but heartfelt remarks. Oh my god, wasn’t she made aware of the Duchess’ latest small misstep – when Meghan claimed her marriage to Prince Harry sparked scenes of joy in South Africa comparable to those displayed when Mandela was released from prison? Next is Sir Bob Geldof himself. He cheered when he mentioned Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, as well as mandatory bombs and a dig at Boris Johnson.

Then it was Megan’s turn. Ready to go, she took to the podium with a smile and told the audience about…Meghan. About how she has been part of the organization since 2014, her humility (tic), the awe (tic), the nervousness (tic) she feels about being in a company so amazing.

Then it was Megan's turn.  Posed and smiling, she took to the podium to speak to the public about… Meghan

Then it was Megan's turn.  Posed and smiling, she took to the podium to speak to the public about… Meghan

Then it was Megan’s turn. Ready to go, she took to the podium with a smile and told the audience about… Meghan

Why, she also left the little paper tag with her name on it, she couldn’t believe it. She was nervous and doubted herself. Is she even good enough to do it (shy smile, knowing smile)?

As for gender equality, she never mentioned it once. But too bad. She’s grateful, she’s humble, and her pants are great. It ends with a brief fanfare episode, followed by Harry hurrying her out, pausing briefly to take a few selfies.

Of course, the public loved him. There is no doubt that it impressed: beautiful results, a beautiful balance. But it’s hard to feel really belittled, really humbled, when all you really do is talk about yourself. Again.

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