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Good on Meghan and Harry for letting the curtain fall on the royal birth media circus | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett | Opinion

News, if you could call it that, that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry will not reveal the location of or plans surrounding the birth of their first child. This will no doubt frustrate the swarms of paparazzi accustomed to camping out outside the Lindo wing of St Mary’s hospital in anticipation of the now familiar sight of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, groomed, trussed up and probably still bleeding in a pair of high heels, performing the whole Simba routine to the nation. The strangeness of the sight has never been lost on women; last year, when Prince Louis was born, women took to social media to share snaps of how they looked after giving birth: ecstatic, yes, but also exhausted, dazed, clammy, reeling. Trauma aside, these postnatal photos end up resembling a kind of freedom when put side-by-side with the stage-managed spectacle of the duchess.Some of the press coverage of Meghan's pregnancy has been appalling, tinged with sexism and racismIt’s the price you pay, so the line of thinking goes. We put up with the flagrant unfairness of a monarchy, you give us your pound of flesh. The royals are, according to tabloid philosophy, fair game when it comes to scrutiny and invasion of privacy. The attitude of some of the public is proprietary, perhaps reflected in the subconscious knowledge that as a nation we are paying for them, not just financially but in more subtle ways than that: philosophically and politically. And yet, you can be an anti-royalist, as I am – even think that they are the country’s biggest benefit scroungers – and find the spectacle of their dehumanisation disturbing. Twenty-two years after Diana’s death, it continues. And the women always get it the worst.This is what Hilary Mantel was getting at in her 2013 lecture about the monarchy, which was widely misinterpreted by the press and turned from some startlingly astute comments about the institution into, essentially, a catfight. Her comments about the Duchess of Cambridge (“I saw Kate becoming a jointed doll on which certain rags are hung”) were what made headlines, but what I always found more interesting was her description of seeing the Queen in the flesh. “I passed my eyes over her as a cannibal views his dinner, my gaze sharp enough to pick the meat off her bones,” Mantel said. “… for a moment she had turned back from a figurehead into the young woman she was, before monarchy froze her and made her a thing, a thing which only had meaning when it was exposed, a thing that existed only to be looked at.”Last week, the actor Scarlett Johansson warned of the paparazzi’s behaviour, calling it “a waiting game before another person gets seriously injured or killed, like Princess Diana”. She emphasised the gender politics at play, referring to them as stalkers of women. It is true...

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