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Why is the American media using “North America” rather than the specific country name regarding Prince Harry and Princess Meghan, Duchess of Sussex?

Asked by JLeslie (61170points) January 11th, 2020 from iPhone

I can understand why the UK might use that term, but in America we almost never use North America in place of actually naming the specific country. Are Prince Harry and Meghan going to be living in Canada and America? Is that the reason for using the broader term?

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rebbel's avatar

I guess they use it to mean the continent; “the prince and his family move continents”.
Same as if Eric Trump would go live in Belgium, the press would say that he was about to move to Europe.

elbanditoroso's avatar

As I read the news this morning (Saturday), the Sussexes will spend half the time in Los Angeles (near Mehgan’s mother) and half the time in Canada.

So North America is a good generic alternative.

ucme's avatar

Hahaha, if they moved to Belgium the press would report they moved into a shithole :D

jca2's avatar

Some combo of LA and Canada = North America because they’re not quite sure where or how much time in each, yet.

kritiper's avatar

The Royals love the US as much as Canada so they might be spending a fair amount of time there.

JLeslie's avatar

@rebbel Do you think if Eric Trump moved to Belgium the media in Europe would use Europe? I agree the American media might, but I would think In Europe they would actually be more be more specific.

rebbel's avatar

@JLeslie Possibly they would use both, in the same story.
“Eric Trump is planning to move from the States to Europe, Belgium to be precise.”

elbanditoroso's avatar

@rebbel “Donald Trump Jr. was deported from the United States to Europe in order to prevent prosecution of him and his family in an ongoing criminal enterprise. He will reside at the Trump Brussels Hotel and work as a maintenance employee.”

Inspired_2write's avatar

For safety reasons.
Who knows if pointing out the locations specifically would amount to kidnapping or something to bribe the Royals?

stanleybmanly's avatar

It is almost certainly to do with the former sovereignty of GB over Canada and us—the commonwealth thing. Mexico is almost always excluded in the reference.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Meghan Markle lived in Toronto for seven years filming the show Suits. Harry’s grandma is Canada’s head of state.

They haven’t said where they want to live, so “North America” covers it.

JLeslie's avatar

Thanks everyone!

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Inspired_2write, the media is getting pretty specific about where they’re going to live. From @elbanditoroso comment: “As I read the news this morning (Saturday), the Sussexes will spend half the time in Los Angeles (near Mehgan’s mother) and half the time in Canada.”

jca2's avatar

On the news this morning they showed where they’re “hiding out” for now in Canada, in the mansion of Canadian billionaire Frank Giustra, who has political ties to the Clinton family. He’s a former stockbroker who co-founded the movie studio Lionsgate and is one of the biggest donors to the Clinton Foundation.

JLeslie's avatar

@jca2 I’ll google that.

I don’t understand why people are being so hard on Harry and Meghan for moving. Can’t they go back to the UK in a couple of years if they feel like it? Are they going to stop doing royal duties? They just got married, and immediately had a baby, that’s lots of stress. Why can’t they try to take a few years away from the British tabloids, and work on their family and find their way.

jca2's avatar

@JLeslie: I don’t know why they didn’t pull back on their duties without the big announcement. Why not just lay low, the way it seems William and Kate are doing. Unless William and Kate are not laying low and it’s just that we don’t see so much coverage on them.

JLeslie's avatar

@jca2 Not sure. I don’t know what it’s actually been like in Britain. Possibly, Harry and Meghan are being hounded more than William and Kate. Or, maybe Meghan isn’t handling it as well being from America. Meghan has had more adjustments to make. I see all over social media comparisons of how the tabloids reported on Kate vs Meghan. I’m sure it’s cherry picking to some extent to make it seem as unfair as possible. Meghan certainly had a heyday of coverage for her wedding. Everyone gushing over the wonderful idea of the royals accepting a biracial girl.

Especially, in the time of Trump the reporting seemed to want to contrast the UK royals to the American president. It was like another Obama being elected moment or something.

I wonder how much of the Harry and Meghan coverage actually is negative in Britain since the wedding.

Seems like they could have just spent some time in Canada without much explanation. The royals get to flit around the world anyway.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

I don’t know what it’s actually been like in Britain. Possibly, Harry and Meghan are being hounded more than William and Kate.

Here’s one example. It’s bad. So bad you will think I’m making it up as a joke. I’m not Lots more in the link below.

The Express: “The Express: Kate’s morning sickness cure? Prince William gifted with an avocado for pregnant Duchess”

The Express: “Meghan Markle’s beloved avocado linked to human rights abuse and drought, millienial shame”

More here:
“20 Headlines Comparing Meghan Markle To Kate Middleton That May Show Why She And Prince Harry Are Cutting Off Royal Reporters”:

JLeslie's avatar

@Call_Me_Jay Yes, Ive read something of those stories, and I think it’s awful, but I’m just wondering have there been favorable stories of Meghan also? Were there any mean stories of Kate? Are we seeing the whole picture? I support Harry and Meghan leaving for a bit to get some distance from it if they can, but quite a few people think she/they should suck it up, and accept the tabloids can be shitty, and be the royals. She knew she was becoming a princess, they know the tabloids can be dreadful. She needs to ignore that garbage for her own well being.

I’m not so sure it’s all racially driven. She’s also an American, and not old money, nor royal.

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