You’ve got to hand it to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex: their Oprah interview was well-crafted and brilliantly acted from start to finish. Their choice of words were campaign trail slick.
Spoiler alert: it didn’t help their case at all.
Harry and Meghan were going for the sympathy angle, but it backfired. Everyone’s fed up with cries of victimization by two pampered people with a family axe to grind.
I don’t agree with any racial slurs aimed at Meghan. Sadly, there will always be people fixated on race, but for most of us, Meghan’s race is not the problem – it’s the behavior. No one blames her – or Harry – for wanting to step down as senior royals and live a quieter life. It’s the way they have chosen to go about it that is disingenuous.
Prince Harry has wanted to leave the royal family for a long time, and I think Meghan was his “out”. What’s troubling is the emotional manipulation game they’ve played in order to do it. They’ve teamed up to resurrect his mother’s problems to justify themselves and garner sympathy.
Harry claims Diana “saw it coming” and left him a sizable inheritance so he’d be set for life. Saw what? That her second son was destined to be far from the throne? No kidding. It’s a monarchy. His elder brother William has three children which, naturally, has moved Harry down the line of succession. The same thing happened with Prince Charles’ siblings, and Princess Margaret, and many other royal “spares” in the history of the monarchy.
It should also be noted that Harry no longer intends to represent the Queen. Therefore, he isn’t going to have the same perks or funds that are available to a working royal. Harry spluttering that he was “cut off” from royal riches and saved only by the inheritance of Saint Diana is laughable. He and his wife both know that’s ludicrous, yet still they complain – with a straight face [Edit: they weren’t paid for the interview, but Oprah was paid for the licensing rights by CBS. They are, however, still set because of their streaming deals with major media companies].
On Meghan: there should’ve been zero surprise about what was expected of her. She isn’t some teenage, starry-eyed girl. She’s a grown adult whose whole career has been the media. When she met Harry, she was in her 30s and probably fairly savvy about what she was doing. The real issue is that Meghan thought she could change everything to suit her California standards and everyone in the royal family would thank her for it. When that didn’t happen, she and Harry got angry.
As for the cries of bullying and suicide, Meghan and Harry behave as though they were left all alone in a cold, cruel world. I wonder, then, what use Harry’s activities were as a patron of Heads Together with his brother and sister-in-law.
Or maybe the prince could’ve connected his wife to his therapist? This boggles me.
Let’s note how much the Duke and Duchess had before they jumped ship. Sorry if it wasn’t up to their standards:
- They had the freedom to plan a huge, public wedding ceremony that reflected their tastes, like everyone else, but with a hefty budget. Pretty neat. Meghan was also given a royal tiara to wear straight out of the Queen’s jewel vault.
- The royals welcomed Meghan’s mother, Doria. When Archie was born, they made sure she shared in the moment when the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were introduced to the new baby. She even accompanied Meghan on one or two royal events.
- On the pretense that Thomas Markle could not give Meghan away because he had heart surgery, Prince Charles graciously walked her halfway up the aisle to the altar.
- The press celebrated William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan as “The Fab Four”.
In short, Meghan and Harry are living the good life: they were given the freedom to step back from being senior royals. In fact, they up and left the UK altogether (with their titles no less). They seem happily married, have little Archie, and now a baby on the way. Not to mention that Harry is a prince by birth which will ensure that he and his family will always live as VIPs no matter where they go.
Meghan initially appeared to be a great partner for Harry and a promising new member of the Royal Family. Most of us were excited and looking forward to that “Fab Four” concept. So it is truly sad that they’ve chosen to die on this particular hill. They’ve alienated themselves so drastically from Harry’s family that I wonder if there is any going back.
We can only hope time will indeed heal all things for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and that maybe, just maybe, someone can eventually reason with them.