The irony of a lifelong supporter of a republic writing a cheerleading column for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has not escaped my notice. The point is, I’ve never really liked bullies. Or bullying. And a lot of that has been aimed at the Sussexes. And now, in full view of the watching nation, Harry and Meghan are being condemned for simply being in love.
It’s wrong — and it’s grotesque — to berate a couple who are clearly in love for having done nothing worse than holding hands. Holding hands! The horror! Sorry – when did we all become such a prude? When you love someone, you comfort them. That’s all.
We saw a similar outcry when Harry and Megs were reunited with Wills and Kate to pay their respects to their grandmother in Balmoral. Perhaps we can learn something from this display of family solidarity – and finally leave them alone?
The message from the English right when it comes to the queen is: “Play nice or you’ll get a stone through your window. However, if you want to let off some steam, you can unload on Harry and Meghan. Throw as many stones as you want. Give as much bile as you can find.’
And my, how did they do that. HAS tweet from Petronella Wyatt, the journalist, presenter and former mistress of Boris Johnson, summed it up: “May God forgive Harry and Meghan for hurting the Queen so much, because I never will.” Really, Mrs. Wyatt? Please. They need your forgiveness about as much as subscriptions to the tabloids they use to sell copies.
Seriously, what have they ever done but escape that kind of ugliness in favor of celeb life in California? For that cardinal sin, they are portrayed as the Cersei Lannister and Joffrey Baratheon of “The Firm”. The fact that Harry lost his mother at a young age is never taken into account in the slightest. It is never remembered that instead of being allowed to mourn in private, Harry was thrust into the spotlight, dressed and kicked and trotted out to perform before the crowds and media of the world.
Just look at photos from that time. They are actually quite painful to watch. If you possess an ounce of empathy, they will make you sad (and maybe angry, too) about the way he was forced into that position.
Let’s not forget that he also lived in a house full of tension before that. Take it from me, I know what it’s like to experience a collapsing marriage at a young age. It leaves scars. They run deep. God only knows what it was like to live in the full splendor of the public eye through a collapsing royal wedding.
Then Harry falls in love and, according to certain parts of the media, marries the wrong woman – who herself had to get some licks growing up.
Shall we now mention the R-word – racism? Yes, let’s. The criticism Harry and Meghan receive is always wrapped in false concern for the Queen. They hurt the Sovereign by hanging on their hook and now they make a podcast and spend days at the beach with their kids or dine at upscale eateries with celebrities. How dare they.
The hard truth, of course, is that much of this criticism boils down to Meghan being a mixed race. That would always make her fair to certain people, no matter what she did. But then she dared to fall in love with a royal prince, and things quickly turned ugly. Burn her! She’s a witch!
Those who try to deny the role Meghan’s race plays in all of this are lying.
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California? Hell, if it had been me, I’d have found an island in the middle of the Pacific, built a house, and covered the roof with a banner depicting the classic British two-finger salute.
Derrick Johnson, the CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in sending: his obligatory condolencescalled the pair “who have become dear friends and allies in our struggle for a more just future”.
Harry and Meghan have always been my favorite members of the royal family, both for their staunch haters and for everything they did or didn’t do. They have the right enemies. They are despised by the worst people.
Derrick Johnson’s statement indicates that they also have some of the right friends, not to mention the common decency to say they deserve our condolences as much as any other royal. Harry has lost his grandmother. That is a painful event. He and his wife have my condolences.