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    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2018
     
    "Good Morning America" was on between midnight and 2 a.m., depending on time differences -- a bit of a killer.
    It is seeing the palace relationship with the press up close that has perhaps been most interesting for me. As someone who doesn't cover the royals full time, I was consistently fascinated by those who do. It's an amusingly love-hate relationship.
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    There were two incidents on the tour that demonstrated why they do sometimes [url=http://www.buyusacigarettes.com]Newport 100's, Box[/url] hold us at arm's length. The first was at a market in Fiji. The visit by the Duchess was one of her first truly solo engagements, and she was there to meet women who've been helped by a U.N. project. Her interest in female empowerment and the powerful symbol of a mixed-race royal in the Commonwealth made it a popular event.
    But too many people came, and within about 10 minutes of her arrival, she already was being whisked away by her aides -- to her own personal frustration, it seemed to us. The palace called it "crowd control," but some among the press preferred the term "security scare," and almost immediately the drama became amplified for no reason. The losers? The sweet, gentle Fijians at the market who'd waited hours to see Meghan who'd now been cast as a threat.
    The second incident came on the royal charter from Tonga to Sydney. There was a plane on the runway that hadn't moved away quickly enough, and the pilot pulled up to come around again -- a perfectly routine maneuver called a "missed approach" -- that might have seemed dramatic but simply wasn't. Nevertheless, breathless reporting of a "near miss" was beamed out around the globe.
    There were big themes on this tour -- above all, conservation, youth empowerment and mental health -- something I take a particular interest in. These are issues that affect us all and should be above politics. But they often aren't. Harry and Meghan -- along with William and Kate -- are serious about tackling them. If our politicians fail us, then at least we have these powerful advocates to help lead the way.
    The last time I went on an official trip with someone important, it was with the Pope to Myanmar and Bangladesh around this time last year. I said then that being part of the "bubble" was rather like being on a high school trip. On and off buses; people shouting instructions; your time rarely your own.
    But this time, it was a whole new ball game. If you could enter school trips into sporting competitions, the one with the Pope would have perhaps been a regional tournament -- pretty high paced but not massively taxing. The trip with Meghan and Harry, by contrast, was Olympic in its scale and difficulty: 16 days across 4 countries, with 76 separate engagements.
    We were constantly against the clock, with palace officials as referees, standing over us with whistles and timers as we raced between planes -- nearly 20 flights in total -- buses, boats and taxis, hauling our equipment as we went.












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