Rod Stewart is Suddenly a Proper Gentleman and Has Strongly Worded Advice for This Royal Couple
Rod Stewart, the thrice-married, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? singer made news this week with advice he had for a royal couple, yes that royal couple.
Stewart, 73, criticized Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, for their decision to spend Christmas in California with the Duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland, this year. The singer felt that Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, at the age of 93, should be given top priority for the holidays.
“I was a bit disappointed that Harry and Meghan have decided not to spend Christmas with the Queen this year,” he told The Daily Mail last week. “If I was Harry, I’d think there was plenty of time in the future to have Christmases on my own or with Meghan’s mum.”
‘The Queen’s 93. I flew around the world to be with my mum and dad at Christmas because I knew they didn’t have many left.’
Stewart was knighted in 2016
Knighted in 2016 by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, the Hot Legs singer then met with the queen at a reception following the ceremony.
Of meeting Prince William, Stewart told the BBC at the time, “We talked about music and he said: ‘It’s great that you’re still going,’ and I said: ‘I have to – I’ve got eight children!'”
“He congratulated me on my long career – and I said how happy this made me. I just wish my mum and dad had been here to see it.”
Now bearing the title of Sir Roderick, the newly knighted Stewart thanked the queen, giving his word to “wear it well.”
Perhaps it was this experience that fills the star with a sense of duty in defending the queen from being slighted, in Stewart’s estimation, by her grandson?
The royal couple’s decision
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in October their decision to take a six-week family break, which would include spending Christmas in California with the Duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland.
It was clear the near-constant media scrutiny was wearing on the couple, particularly on Markle. She opened up to journalist Tom Bradby in the documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, admitting she has not been OK and that it has been a struggle.
“When I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy. But my British friends said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great but you shouldn’t do it, because the British tabloids will destroy your life’,” Meghan said.
“And I very naïvely… I’m American, we don’t have that there… [said], ‘What are you talking about? That doesn’t make any sense…’ I didn’t get it,” she expressed.
Buckingham Palace’s statement
Buckingham Palace issued a statement last month reassuring the public that the couple’s decision had the queen’s full blessing.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month,” the statement read. “Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, Their Royal Highnesses will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland.”
“This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen.”
If Queen Elizabeth is supportive of the couple’s decision, why can’t Sir Roderick be as well?