Friday 21 September 2018

Is the marriage a soap opera plot to save the Windsors?

Meghan might have been mortified, but the Markle family antics keep us watching the Windsors, writes Sarah Caden

Meghan’s dad Thomas reading a book about Britain in what turned out to be a photo staged for photographers
Meghan’s dad Thomas reading a book about Britain in what turned out to be a photo staged for photographers

Sarah Caden

Almost 37 years ago, at the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles, the faintest ripple of scandal circled around Frances Shand Kydd, the bride's mother, known unkindly as "the Bolter".

Shand Kydd had walked out on her husband, Earl Spencer, lost custody of her children, and shown apparently no regard for duty, that cornerstone of the Windsor raison-d'etre.

Shand Kydd's grandmother had been a bolter before her, of course, and was said to have been the inspiration for Nancy Mitford's character bearing the same nasty nickname.

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