In early November, Kensington Palace started a new trend of issuing clarifying statements regarding the royal family; Prince Harry's relationship with actress Meghan Markle being the first. The Palace confirmed their courtship and ask for her privacy, which only fueled more rumors that Prince William didn't support the issuing of such a personal a statement in the first place. Then, another statement was issued on Prince William's behalf saying: “The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him.”
Funnily enough, situations of this nature — when in trying to cover something up, you actually draw more attention to it — have a name: "The Streisand Effect." The name is a reference to Barbra Streisand's failed attempt in 2003 to remove a handful of photographs of her enormous residence in Malibu, California from the Internet, only to have every troll suddenly made aware of them.
The royal family only continued their streak of revealing personal statements, however, when Prince Andrew penned his own letter from Buckingham Palace on Friday regarding rumors about his relationship with his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. And in an even further sign of the times, he released it on his personal Twitter account.
"Whilst I appreciate, as Granddaughters of The Queen, there is considerable interest in my daughters," he wrote. "I cannot continue to stand by and have the media speculate on their futures based on my purported interventions, which are completely made up and an invention."
Prince Andrew then went on to clarify that he didn't care if his daughters' future husbands had titles, and that he supports their desire to pursue careers.
"As a father, my wish for my daughters is for them to be modern working young women," he continued. "Who are happy to be Members of the Royal Family, and I am delighted to see them building there careers."
It's a brave new world, and the scions are alright.
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