The song about the son: how Dire Straits helps to explain the Megxit

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If you visit Buckingham Palace, you’ll discover a room with Lady Di’s personal effects, including a full trunk of tapes. According to her sons, William and Harry, « Sultans of Swing » by Dire Straits was her favorite song. My opinion: this song explains why Megxit happened. Not convinced? Let’s have a look at the lyrics.

George will be king

[Verse 3]
Check out guitar George
He knows all the chords
Mind, it’s strictly rhythm
He doesn’t want to make it cry or sing
Left-handed old guitar is all he can afford
When he gets up under the lights to play his thing

« Check out guitar George, he knows all the chords » is a clear metaphor to name the one who will rule as king in the future. Harry knows he has very limited chances to reign, this is also why Megxit happened.

Megxit-Explained_-A-Visual-Timeline-of-t by, on Flickr

« Now we can join a nudist colony if we want! »

« Megxit-Explained_-A-Visual-Timeline-of-t » (Public Domain) by Bruce Detorres

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Harry wanted to quit

[Verse 4]
And Harry doesn’t mind if he doesn’t make the scene
He’s got a daytime job – He’s doing alright
He can play the Honky Tonk like anything
Saving it up for Friday night
With the Sultans
With the Sultans of Swing

Maybe Lady Di loved also that song because it deals with « Harry »?

« And Harry doesn’t mind if he doesn’t make the scene ». In case you haven’t paid any attention to the news or haven’t written a psychology thesis, it’s no secret that Harry truly does not want the royal spotlight and has instead chosen to have a relatively more peaceful life with his family. His own mother’s life was ultimately a testament to this preferred state: before her tragic end, Lady Di was discharged of her obligations towards the crown and was happier for it.

« He’s got a daytime job – He’s doing alright« : It means Harry wants to work now, as a normal citizen of the world.

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Why Megxit happened ? Harry wishes some fun

[Verse 5]
And a crowd of young boys
They’re fooling around in the corner
Drunk and dressed in their best brown baggies
And their platform soles
They don’t give a damn
About any trumpet playing band
It ain’t what they call Rock and Roll
And the Sultans
Yeah, the Sultans, they play Creole

« And a crowd of young boys
They’re fooling around in the corner
Drunk and dressed in their best brown baggies »… Harry looks for fun, with a balance of parental life and moments he can be (a soft) « Dirty Harry » again…without the constant pry of photographers.

Coincidence? I don’t think so… in the same way that the song « Shine on you crazy diamond » by Pink Floyd explained Syd Barrett’s fall, « Sultans of Swing » teaches us that money and fame are not the most important things for Harry and Meghan.

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Cover picture from Gianni Crestani on Pixabay