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Leo and Micheál have no demand to rush into an unhappy political marriage

Gerard O'Regan


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Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin. Photo: Maxwellphotography.ie

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin. Photo: Maxwellphotography.ie

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin. Photo: Maxwellphotography.ie

It was a throwaway line spurred by the Harry and Meghan marriage - but was in its own way an offbeat reminder that a much hyped get-together between Leo and Micheál might benefit from a tortuous, drawn-out courtship.

A British TV pundit gave voice to a dark suspicion some hold about the troubled royal and his American love. He suggested the queen and her inner circle are "holding the door ajar for her grandson - just in case". The worry is that he may want to return to England in the future "on his own".

Should there be a multi-million pound divorce settlement, he may decide not to remain in the Canadian wilds or glitzy Los Angeles. It's a cynical view of things - and obviously over-judgmental and unfair to Meghan Markle. But it does reflect a certain view the couple tied the knot in haste.