Sputnik: Is the wedding coming at a convenient time to serve as a distraction for Brexit?
Thomas: As we’ve been analyzing what Prince Harry might be doing and how this is all going to play out, Brexit is Brexit whether there is a Royal Wedding or not. I think that some people who don’t care much for the monarchy are going to see it pretty much as just wasting money, I do sympathize with them to a point, but to use the Royal Family as a way to distract from Brexit I think is wrong.
Sputnik: Assuming it is held privately, should the public pay for the wedding?
Thomas: To be honest with you I don’t feel that the public should pay for the wedding. Now if the head of state is going, which she will and senior members of the Royal family we have to look at the cost and who’s paying, if it comes down to security and all of that.
The head of state needs to be protected no matter where she goes. However, if it comes down to a private ceremony, of course, no, I don’t feel at all that public coffers should be opened to pay for any sort of a wedding. However most of the time when we have a Royal wedding, we look at costs which are referred by the Royal Family itself, so the real term costs of Royal weddings are security, road closures, these sorts of things so we have to look in a non-biased way and see exactly what the needs are, who’s attending, where they’re attending from and if extra needs are required such as security and etc.
Of course, you have a small population that doesn’t agree with that, that would rather see a republic but we are not France and we are certainly not America, and I think that’s what really sets us apart on the world stage.
Sputnik: How does the rest of the Royal Family view Meghan Markle?
Thomas: If we look at the change in the status of the Monarchy and if we look at the past and the present, now we know Prince Harry is not a conventional Royal, he’s always been there to test boundaries and push the limit and we know that about him.
We aren’t really surprised with his choice, but I think when we look at older members of the establishment, they might have a lot of reflection back on Wallace Simpson and what a divorced American meant for the monarchy back in the 1930’s.
However, we have graduated from that, we’re a very modern society and I think that the Queen has given her consent of course because she wants to see her Grandson happy, but she also needs to let the country know that the monarchy is changing, that the monarchy is keeping up with the times and is very much a modern institution.
I think there is going to be a little bit of apprehension from some of the old courtiers and some of the old guard, but I think some of the new members of the Royal Family, the younger, modern ones, will be the ones that push change.
However, most people don’t understand that change comes from the Queen. I think that we’re going to see a mix of emotions here for the upcoming Royal Wedding to the American Meghan Markle.
Sputnik: Will there be a public holiday given?
Thomas: As Prince Harry is no longer number three in line to the throne, now that George and Charlotte have come along and now we’re going to have another Cambridge, I don’t think we will see a public holiday.
I myself don’t think it is appropriate, I think we will see a very different sort of celebration, not keeping in line with traditional Royal weddings that we’ve seen in the past.
Prince Harry doesn’t like Royal convention, he doesn’t really care much for all that pomp and pageantry, so I think we’ll see a blend of definitely some formalities but a very new twist on a very traditional way that Royals have always had their marriages, have had receptions, have had celebrations.
Of course, the public will want to see him and his new bride but I don’t think that pomp and ceremony will be there, which will require or dictate a big holiday.