And while nobody would begrudge Kate wanting to attend a family wedding, or Wills/Harry for wanting to play polo for charity, the fact remains that their actions will have a wider impact. Of course, the Mail is talking about “embarrassment” for the royal family, and, of course, the Mail loves nothing better than making mountains out of molehills. But is this really a molehill? Because the royals are supposed to stay out of politics, and the acrimony around the Dorchester Collection is pretty political right now.
As a hotel insider told the Mail:
The wedding was a big boost for the hotel. It shows that the royals will not let the Brunei business keep them away.
Over to veteran gay rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell:
It is hugely disappointing that the Duchess is still going to The Dorchester while so many other public figures are boycotting it. She’s sending the wrong signal. The Sultan will take comfort in the fact that Kate continues to give her de facto stamp of royal approval to his hotel and is not supporting the boycott.
He’ll also be pleased that the royal princes, William and Harry, played polo at another of his luxury hotels, Coworth Park, near Ascot. Many supporters of gay rights and human rights will feel let down.
The royals could have taken a stand but they declined to do so.