[Blind Gossip] The most important thing to keep in mind as you read this is the following: Both sides of this family are liars!
They lied about the siblings reconciling.
They had to put up a united front to fulfill a diplomatic obligation. However, they are definitely still estranged.
They lied about the women taking part in the conversation and talking to each other.
At no point were either wives involved in the meetings, nor did they speak to each other. In fact, [the wives] have not spoken in months.
They lied about seriously considering taking away titles.
There is a distinct hierarchy here within the family and it was quickly decided that absolutely no outsider could ever be allowed to disrupt that traditional structure for any reason. It would be unfathomable and degrading to require a former senior person to genuflect to an inferior.
They lied about wanting to lead a quieter life out of the media spotlight.
He acknowledges internally that his decision actually means that the media will be even more intrusive going forward. It is a trade-off for other goals, such as monetary gain.
They lied about considering taking away his house.
They eventually want to bring him back into the fold, even if that event is several years hence. They need to play the long game to make it easy for him to return. Permanently stripping him of everything would have had the opposite effect.
So, why are both sides lying?
There was a determination that the crisis needed to be shut down quickly.
The only way the chaotic media feeding frenzy would stop is if the family pretended that all options were seriously considered; that all important matters were settled; and that all parties parted amicably.
Many compromises had to be made in the name of expediency.
We’re not so sure those compromises were good ones.
While not all of them were optimal, the necessity to quiet the chaos and return to stability was paramount.
We might be giving them too much credit, but perhaps one side knew that causing extreme chaos would result in them getting more of what they wanted?
Perhaps. However, the family is confident that their decision to play the long game is the correct one.
We’ll see if that strategy pays off in the next few years!
Similar: Stockholm Boy
[Optional] Who were the winners and the losers in this chaotic event?