Brand Loyalty versus Personal Authenticity

Last night, the world watched as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, literally “told all.” 

Racism, family feuds, suicidal ideations… it was truly a bombshell. 

I have not watched the interview in its entirety, so I have little to comment on it. 

However, what we know to be true is this: The Royal Family, like any family or organization, has its share of deep-seated issues. Issues that, from an outsider’s perspective, need to addressed. However, we are talking about an “organization” that has been in existence for over 12 centuries. In contrast, very few companies/organizations (5 to be exact) have existed longer than the Royal Family. That’s a lot of history to overcome. 

Patrick Jephson, Princess Diana’s Private Secretary and Chief of Staff, stated this morning, many have tried to “out” the weaknesses of Britain’s family. Exactly zero have succeeded. 

This brings up the question of which is most important, Brand Loyalty or Personal Authenticity?

The public will likely side with Harry and Meghan, but at what personal cost to Harry and Meghan? 

When it comes to speaking out against an institution, do the benefits outweigh the costs? 

In this age of authenticity, something to consider.  

Thoughts? 

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