written by Elisabeth Thieriot
Interview with Author Phil Dampier
Phil Dampier is longtime followers of Royal family life and has a close understanding of all that comes along with being the Royal.
Phill shared his observations of how the Royal family and customs have changed with times. He believes that the very carrying and nurturing side of people is showing more now than ever. In his book he shares with us quotes that best describe those changes and humility with which they live every day. I invite all to read this easy and engaging book. I did not out it down till the end and into the night. it was worth staying up for.
To get a better understanding of their history, humor, interests, and aspirations, veteran royal reporter Phil Dampier has compiled their best quotes in Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan in their own words.
Here are some of the best :
PRINCE HARRY BEFORE HE MET MEGHAN :
When a young Prince William told mum Diana: “When I grow up, I want to be a policeman and look after you mummy” brother Harry piped up: “Oh no you can’t. You’ve got to be king!”
To father Charles at Crathie Church, the day after Diana’s death in 1997: “Are you sure mummy’s dead?”
“To be honest, dinner conversations were the worst bit about being a child and listening to the boring people around me.”
On Diana: “Behind the media glare, to us, just two loving children, she was quite simply the best mother in the world.”
Aged 18, Harry said of Diana: “She had more guts than anyone else.”
“Much as I’d like to be normal, I’m not normal and my father reminds me of that all the time.”
“I’m a teenager who goes out and has fun, and no matter what time I come out of a club, they’re going to write that it was four o’clock in the morning.”
“William is the one person on this earth I can actually talk to about anything.”
After watching the film premiere of Quantum of Solace: “I’ve made a terrible boob – I’ve just told Daniel Craig that Sean Connery was the best James Bond!”
When the Queen asked Harry to put a voicemail greeting on her mobile he recorded: “Hey, wassup? This is Liz.
“Sorry, I’m away from the throne.
“For a hotline to Philip, press one, for Charles press two, and for the corgis’ press three!”
During an interview to mark his 21st birthday in 2005 he said of Camilla: “To be honest with you, she’s always been very close to me and William…but no, she’s not the wicked stepmother.”
“She’s a wonderful woman and she’s made our father very, very happy, which is the most important thing.”
On the 2008 wedding of cousin Peter Phillips to Autumn Kelly, Harry said: “Someone had the bright idea to have a mirrored dance floor for the reception, can you imagine how crazy that was?
“Never mind Chelsy (his then-girlfriend) it was my grandmother I was worried about!”
“I dread to think where I’d be without the army – it was the making of me.”
“Only somebody who was already in the public eye would be able to understand and handle everything that goes with being a Prince.”
MEGHAN BEFORE SHE MET HARRY :
“My mom has always called me ‘Flower’ since I was a little girl.”
“You create the identity you want for yourself, just as my ancestors did when they were given their freedom.”
“I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.”
“Being a feminist and being feminine aren’t mutually exclusive.”
“My parents always told me if I believed something was wrong, I should try to fix it.”
“When you stop and look around this life is pretty amazing.”
“Kindness is the number one quality I look for in a man.
“You can see it in how he treats anyone – from a CEO to a housekeeper.”
“There’s still something incredibly romantic ad special about a guy writing to a girl and putting pen to paper rather than emailing it, whether his writing is chicken scratch or looks like a doctor’s note.”
Speaking to a UN conference: “Women need a seat at the table, they need an invitation to be seated there, and in some cases where this is not available, they need to create their own table.”
“I’m a California girl who lives by the ethos that most things can be cured with either yoga, the beach, or a few avocados.”
In 2013 she asked a journalist in London: “Do you know this guy Ashley Cole?
“He follows me and keeps trying to talk to me on Twitter – he’s trying very hard.”
“Throw kindness around like confetti.”
“Know when to give up and have a Margarita.”
“Shoot for them.
“Even if you don’t hit it, you’ll always land in the stars.”
AFTER HARRY MET MEGHAN :
Meghan: “My hope is for the world to get to a place where it’s color blind.”
In an interview to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, Harry revealed he had struggled to cope with her loss and said: “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything is coming to you from every angle.”
“I took up boxing because everyone was saying boxing is good for you and it’s a really good way of letting out aggression.
“And that really saved me because I was on the verge of punching someone.”
On a visit to Copenhagen in October 2017 Harry talked about the dangers of social media saying :
“It’s like a mental running machine that you can’t get off.
“You wouldn’t put your body through such a workout.”
Meghan on being Harry’s girlfriend: “It has its challenges, and it comes in waves – some days it can feel more challenging than others.”
“I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple.
“We’re two people who are really happy and in love.”
“At almost every photo shoot they would airbrush out my freckles.
“I’ve always loved my freckles!”
Asked at their engagement interview when he knew Meghan was ‘the one’ Harry replied :
“When did I know she was the one? The very first time we met.”
“The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that everything – all the stars were aligned – everything was just perfect.”
“This beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life. I fell into her life.”
Meghan: “I didn’t know much about him.
“And so the only thing I had asked was, ‘well is he nice?’”
Asked what his mother would think of Meghan, Harry said: “Oh yes, they’d be thick as thieves, without question.
“I think she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, you know so excited for me, but then, as I said, would probably be best friends with Meghan.
“It’s days like today when I really miss having her around and miss being able to share the happy news, but I’m sure she’s….”
Meghan: “She’s with us.”
ROYALLY SUITED: Harry and Meghan in Their Own Words by Phil Dampier is Published by Medina Costing £8.95.