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Opinion | Meghan, Harry and ‘Dysfunctional’ Families

To the Editor:

Re “Depth of Pain From Royal Life Spills Into View” (front page, March 8):

Watching Oprah’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, I am even more certain of my long-held belief (after many years observing family dynamics and teaching university courses on the topic) that most families are dysfunctional. And that is not something to be embarrassed about.

No matter how rich, prestigious or famous, all families have problems, estrangements and quarrels. There are awkward family weddings, unfriendings on social media, and in-laws who do not quite fit well into the family dynamic. There is even some bullying and gaslighting from time to time, as well as disrespecting elders.

The difference is that most people try to hide the dysfunction and can do so since their lives are private, not public.

So, thanks, Meghan and Prince Harry, for reminding us it is OK to have a dysfunctional family.

Rebecca S. Fahrlander
Bellevue, Neb.

To the Editor:

I would have thought that during their long courtship Harry would have informed and warned Meghan about the exigencies within the royal household — particularly the meanness that was accorded his mother, Diana, and his own mental health issues that ensued.

If he did not make her aware, then much that has befallen them since their marriage is in large part attributable to his own failure to protect Meghan. And she, if she knew, should have had second thoughts about marrying into that zoo.

Ed Rabel
Alum Creek, W.Va.
The writer is a former correspondent for CBS News and NBC News.

To the Editor:

So, the media uber-celebrity thinks that interviewing the two escaped royal celebrities during a public health crisis is a good use of our attention. Aww, they were mean to me, says one of the two privileged spoiled brats. Why should I care? Why do you?

Antonia Tamplin

New York Times

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