"The head of the CIA could slip into the Kremlin with fewer confidentiality clauses," journalist Jan Moir quipped.
Writing for an outlet, the reporter added that "Roosevelt and Churchill met in secret to bang out the Atlantic Charter with less fuss" than the clause both employees and students had to sign upon meeting the royal rebels.
"Not for the first time, the question has to be asked: who do Harry and Meghan think they are? And what is it about the prospect of openness and transparency they fear so terribly?" Moir continued.
"For what was this event except a promotional exercise to plug The Bench? Emails from Archewell to the school detailed the 11 broadcast outlets, 17 photographers, and seven reporters who would attend the event, while greasily urging the school to say it was a charity event and not something 'promotion-ey,'" she observed.
Meghan and the Duke of Sussex visited Harlem's Public School 123 just as the former actress' children's book was making waves in the media. Several commentators at the time slammed the rogue royal for using local elementary school pupils as nothing more than a PR campaign, as she was photographed reading aloud from the picture-filled story to select students.
As The Royal Observer previously reported, the Montecito twosome wanted a "forever gag order" signed by those they encountered at the institution, which was a way to censor negative comments about them before, at the time of, and in the future, once the trip finished.
Although the directive was in place, there were many at the school who enjoyed meeting the ex-working members of the British monarchy. "Being able to meet her was like a chance of a lifetime. Everyone was really excited. It was a secret from everyone," James Reynolds, an art instructor at Public School 123, told an outlet.
"We have been through a lot in the last 18 months ... I think they were just eternally grateful she stopped by. They were great folks."
Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were allegedly on an underhanded mission with this engagement, it is similar to the countless royal visits members of the Crown undertake day after day, year after year ... but perhaps not for the same motives.
"This is the kind of humdrum event the royal family in the U.K. takes part in any day of the week. The difference is they do this as part of charity work or investment in local initiatives and sundry-worthy causes for the good of others rather than themselves. Certainly not to punt a crummy book they've written while pretending to be royals in exile in a country that is a republic," Moir concluded.
Daily Mail published Moir's op-ed.