SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The corner of 2nd Street and Santa Monica Boulevard is a hub of British social life.
Accents from across the British Isles intermingle in ways they never would in the UK. Liverpudlians, Mancunians, and Scots — even people from Ireland sometimes stop by. All the excitement revolves around the Ye Olde Kings Head, a traditional pub, and an adjoining convenience store where you can buy all your classic British goods from Marmite to steak and kidney pie.
The iconic pub and shop have been on the same corner in downtown Santa Monica for over 40 years. In recent weeks, the conversation between patrons has revolved around the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan.
The royal couple has been making major headlines, with their Oprah interview airing Sunday. The snippets CBS has aired are already quite groundbreaking. Meghan speaks candidly about feeling hemmed in by the palace and royal protocol.
“As an adult who lived a really independent life, to go into this construct that is different than what I think people imagine it to be, it’s…