The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, are finally suing the tabloids.
The British media and the royal family have a weird symbiotic relationship. The media veers between creepy sycophancy and vicious criticism; relentless pursuit coupled with endless judgment. The family invites attention and demands privacy; grants interviews and expects deference.
The royal family has often had its privacy trespassed by the meeja — phone-hacking, telephoto lenses, and kiss and tell stories. Most heinously, Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash while being pursued by paparazzi, photographed as she died.
The latest grown-up addition to the family, Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, has had a continuous savaging from certain sections of the press since she hooked up with dashing Prince Harry a few years ago. Unsurprisingly, she fell in love and got married under a series of eclipses in her Sun sign Leo: she had to give up her world to marry the man she loved.
Her crimes, according to certain journalists, as far as one can ascertain appear to be: being black, being American, being a woman, having opinions, and wanting some privacy. Also, being pregnant in public, not being pregnant in public, not wanting to show her baby to the press, showing her baby to the press, having a successful career before marriage, and wanting to use her position of privilege to do some good in the world.
In particular, some self-appointed experts are tremendously keen to give her advice on how to behave, like “a royal”. The sneering, thinly veiled racism and vulgar condescension from certain quarters is really rather shocking. (I don’t normally read that stuff, but I’ve just done so for the purposes of this story. And people, you sound cray-cray with the anti-Duchess obsession. You might want to ask yourselves what it says about you, take an ibuprofen and lie down with a cool flannel on your heads.)
Anyway I think the astrology tells the opposite story. Far from being a jumped-up embarrassment, Meghan is the best thing to happen to the royal family in years — at least as far as its most important member is concerned. The Queen is both head of the family and head of state. Indeed, she is the Crown — and as such, her relationship with Meghan is most important within that family.
Her synastry with Meghan is astonishing.
First of all, they have what’s called a cosmic marriage, an exact conjunction of the Sun and Moon at 12° Leo. This is a meeting of soul (the Queen) and creative ego (Meghan). This is a very special aspect between two charts, showing a real connection. You see it in a love-match. The Sun person often cheers up the Moon person. She reaches the parts others can’t reach. And the Moon person makes the Sun feel at home and able to be herself.
Appropriately for an actress, Meghan has the Sun in Leo. The Queen’s private Leo Moon suggests someone who is well attuned to drama. After all, what could be more theatrical than putting on a crown with massive diamonds and riding around in a golden carriage attended by page boys and heralds?
Both Her Maj and Meg must act in public anyway. Perhaps Meghan is able to do some of those flashy, warm Leoish things the Queen would like to do, but cannot because of her position.
Secondly, they have an exact opposition between Venuses at 13° Virgo-Pisces. Again, you see this kind of contact in the charts of lovers and friends. They have much to admire and learn from each other. Both those Venuses represent a kind of ideal woman — the Queen an impossibly distant Pisces, and Meghan an earthy Virgo. When you have synastry like this there’s bound to be fondness.
Those two precise aspects are enough to make any relationship swing. But there’s more. The Queen’s Sun is on the bendings of Meghan’s chart. Well, we know the current monarch is a pivotal person in the Duchess’s life, I suppose. Indeed, someone who has helped change her destiny.
They also have an exact trine between Neptunes at 22° of fire signs — and there’s no doubt that these two sprinkle a bit of stardust. The Queen in her pomp in the 1940s and 1950s was a veritable fairytale princess — and today the Duchess of Sussex has shown millions of little girls around the world that they can be princesses too.
Finally, there is a disruptive element. Meghan has a tricky conjunction of Lilith and Uranus which sit right on the Queen’s stern Saturn in Scorpio. The Duchess can’t help but stir things up. She is a breath of the future — an outsider (Lilith) with the common touch (Uranus), and American, a foreigner. She is going to change the way things are done, there’s no doubt about it. And some people may not like that, but I would be very surprised if the Queen were among them. Aside from anything else, Meghan must have lovely manners. Her chart is so people-pleasing with all that Libra and the exquisite Venus in Virgo.
I’ve only looked at aspects with an orb of 0-1°, so there’s much more to mull over in these charts.
But there’s another interesting chart to compare with Meghan’s — and that is the chart of the UK itself — the 1801 chart.
Oops — it looks like the UK found itself a Duchess there. Meghan’s Moon-Jupiter-Saturn triple conjunction in the sign of marriage, Libra rests on the UK ascendant. Both Jupiter and Saturn are associated with this family, and you often see one or the other on the ascendant or midheaven (like the Queen and Prince Harry, who have Saturn in Scorpio on the MC). Again there’s that element of upheaval though, as Meghan’s planets are squeezed between the UK’s Uranus and its Ascendant. This country is indeed much trickier than it appears on the surface.
In the UK chart, the Royal family is indicated by that grandiose Jupiter in Leo in the 10th house of rulers. Meghan’s point of destiny makes an exact conjunction, so I guess that worked.
So why have some people got their knickers in a twist over the Duchess? Well, if you’re young and lovely, they always do. They were horrible about the Duchess of Cambridge when she was plain old Kate Middleton, and disgusting about Diana until she died. Joining the Royal family must be incredibly daunting. It did for Diana, and for Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, not to mention Princess Anne’s first husband Captain Mark Phillips. The scrutiny and attention are relentless.
Meghan’s limited contact with the UK Moon (the people) could be a problem for her. The tightest aspect is from her Chiron in Taurus, which makes a nice sextile — but could involve a bit of pain. Interestingly, be progression, that Chiron is actually on Meghan’s midheaven right now. You could not get a better symbol of public scapegoating — or of someone who could play a role as a healer.
Note that the Queen’s North Node is right on that UK Moon.
So this time the tabloids have Harry to deal with, and the relationship between royals and press may change for good. Jupiter in Sagittarius has just triggered his fighting Mars in the 11th house, which makes a sextile to his Venus in Libra (Meghan herself). His Mars is right on the UK Mercury (communications) in the third house.
Note that “the press” — the third house in the UK chart — is Sagittarian in Britain. And it has indeed overreached itself this time as Jupiter transited that house and squared Neptune in Pisces (the land of make-believe).
This is probably just the opening salvo, and besides these days there are much more effective ways for celebrities to reach their fans.
But the Duchess’s arrival on these islands is part of a much longer and wider story. She came as this Capricorn country was, and still is, experiencing a breakdown of structures and ideas that have been fundamental for centuries. Among other things, Britain is just beginning to acknowledge the dirty truth of its colonial history, to make connections between the past and the present — including its period as a major slave trader.
Her husband Prince Harry used a very specific term “commoditised” when he denounced the press treatment of Meghan. It’s exactly right, of course. The royal women are packaged and presented like objects not people — just as Meghan’s distant ancestors were. On her mother’s side, the Duchess of Sussex is descended from some of those abducted Africans who found themselves exiled long ago and sold on a fatal shore, literally commoditised.
Meghan Markle’s marriage into the Royal family is a powerful symbol of change — hence perhaps that Uranus-Saturn conjunction with the Queen — and perhaps a measure of liberation. Perhaps, her presence will help bring about a different relationship for the Royals with the press and the public.
Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008. This is the sign of the establishment, government, power. Like all planets, he has a good side and a bad side. Pluto has brought people who were once considered outsiders into the corridors of power: for example, Donald Trump, a man who had been knocking at the door for thirty years, Nigel Farage, ditto, Catherine Middleton, a commoner married second in line to the throne. Pluto is traditionally associated with blackness — and indeed Barack Obama walked into the White House as Pluto walked into Capricorn. Perhaps he acted as a talisman for the US.
So Meghan might perform that same service for Britain — if she were allowed. Instead she is being vilified — for the time being.
It is a sign of the times that rather than being celebrated, she is derided. Since her mission appears to be to bring change and light into the Royal family, you have to ask yourself why some people find that offensive. And why those same people have so little to say about another member of the royal family, Prince Andrew, and his friendship with a certain Jeffrey Epstein.
The Duke and Duchess may not stay on these shores if they continue getting the treatment meted out by the press so far — and that would be a pity. Indeed, it might make an old lady a little sad.