Harry and Meghan … Again

I am quite tired of seeing these two – whatever they are calling themselves – the Royal Formerly Known as Prince? the Fresh Princess of Montecito? – in the news, especially her.

The constant harping on their vacuous, shallow self-victimisation is so annoying, but for Meghan to make the claim “that a cast member from South Africa [an actor in The Lion King] pulled her aside to tell her … ‘I just need you to know: When you married into this family, we rejoiced in the streets the same as we did when Mandela was freed from prison’ ” [The Cut: Meghan of Montecito, by Allison P. Davis https://www.thecut.com/article/meghan-markle-profile-interview.html ] is ridiculous. In fact, Mandela’s own son has come forward to deny that Meghan’s claim is true.

They’ve been living and working (do they work? I’m not sure what they do.) in the U.S. for longer than they lived in the U.K. as working royals, but they Just Can’t Stop Complaining about how awful it was and how much damage they suffered.

Or maybe that’s the point.

If the griping and whinging stops, people might forget about them and they might face … yikes! … anonymity. But isn’t that what they wanted? No, wait, maybe what they’re really concerned about is irrelevancy. So I guess the plan is to constantly remind everyone of how hard it was, how bad it was, how tooth-grindingly nasty it was to work as a member of the royal family, with ever more tales and howls of woe, racism, and bullying. Wait! Wasn’t it Meghan doing the bullying? Oy. This is giving me a headache.

Next up will be Harry’s book. I understand that it’s going to be a real doorstopper … er … showstopper. No doubt full of breath-taking and tear-jerking accounts of his life of deprivation and want. Maybe Meghan will interview him for her podcast series so that they can do some more public communing about extremely personal details in order to further finance their life of privileged “total privacy.”

Why should anyone listen to anything either of them have to say? Take away the royal fripperies and what are they? He’s a former second-rate prince who served in the military. Many, many of us have done that. (Not the prince part. The military part. 😉)

She’s a second-rate actress who, while she no doubt worked hard, got paid to pretend to be someone else. Most of us work pretty hard, and frankly, at jobs that are a lot more important – especially those of us who were uncomplainingly run ragged through a pandemic.

Why are they in a position to hold forth on anything? The fact is, they aren’t. Who cares what Meghan thinks about women’s issues or parenting? Her opinion is not worth any more or any less than anyone else’s, and given that she’s not really accomplished anything extraordinary, (is marrying a famous person extraordinary?) why should anyone listen?

Harry thinks his family is dysfunctional and that they all need to be freed from their royal shackles. Oh boy, where should I start? Ahem, Harry? We knew that about your family long ago. But you know what? It’s their choice, not yours. You made your decision, now stop complaining about theirs.

I really felt sorry for Harry and William when they lost their mom. It was heartbreaking and terrible watching those poor kids walk behind their mother’s coffin. But many, many kids have lost a parent, or both parents, or live in tragic, dire circumstances.

Eventually, excusing Harry’s behaviour because his mom died when he was young becomes an excuse in itself. Amidst the trappings of the Sussexes’ luxurious lifestyle – a conspicuously direct result of their royal family antecedents – their constant carping is wearing thin and is beginning to sound more and more angry and vengeful. It seems that they want the public to side with them against the nasties across the pond. In doing so, they are invading their own privacy (isn’t privacy largely the reason they quit?) and showing themselves as selfish and self-absorbed.

So, Harry and Meghan, listen up. Stop using your connection to the royals to make money off them while you complain about them at the same time. Stop giving people advice. You don’t know any better than most of us and a lot less than many of us. Stop yipping about privacy as you constantly stick yourselves in front of the cameras and microphones and then whine for the British taxpayer and/or UK police to provide a protection detail. In fact, just stop. Go live the ordinary life you said you wanted. At the very least, give it a good try. Most of us like it. We like it very much.

30 thoughts on “Harry and Meghan … Again”

    1. Hahaha. 🙂 I was trying to read the news yesterday and articles about them kept popping up, which I found really annoying. So, I got up on my soapbox and ranted until I was done. 😉 Thanks for reading, Anneli. Cheers.

        1. I would never want to put anyone to shame, so be comforted in knowing that my rants are very rare. I could have gone on about how, if they had really wanted privacy, they could have just stayed in British Columbia, but I had run out of steam by then. 😉

  1. Very well said. The part that really chaps my ass is that Markle is too above it all to be part of the royal family, but not to plaster “Duchess of Sussex” all over everything she touches. I felt it for her during their courtship but It would seem I’m not always right.

    1. Hahaha. 🙂 Agreed. Yes, it certainly seems that they both use the whole “royal” bit when they think they will benefit and then will complain about it when they want people to feel sorry for them. I just wish I could stop seeing articles about them on my news feed. Ugh.

  2. Yes, to all the above – but I have to say, they were not even close to being on my radar until I read your soapbox! Ignore, ignore, ignore would be the appropriate response.

  3. “Why are they in a position to hold forth on anything? The fact is, they aren’t. Who cares what Meghan thinks about women’s issues or parenting? Her opinion is not worth any more or any less than anyone else’s”

    I pretty much feel that way about all celebrities. And the royal family is far more than dysfunctional. They’ve had sick behavior passed down through centuries (just look at Andrew). Hundreds of centuries ago, they used to have to fight to hold onto their thrones. Now all they have to do is sit back and enjoy the tax money from their subjects. Somehow I don’t believe M&H were completely cut off. But what do I know? I’m just a lowly peasant. 😏

    1. Hahaha. 🙂 Yup, I’m a lowly peasant, too. I agree; I don’t think much of what most celebrities have to say about anything.

      You make really good points about how they used to have to fight for their positions and also about that horrible Andrew. Yuck. I don’t think M and H were cut off either.

      What bugs me most is that they’re also our royal family (Canada). I would love to wave good-bye to them after the Queen passes on, but that would raise a ton of constitutional issues, so I think we’re going to be stuck with King Charles. Ugh.

  4. Oh, come on Lynette. Tell me what you really think! Seriously, this couple may or may not have an axe to grind, but, if they think that 2,000 years of Royal tradition should change just because they want it to, they are wrong. Is the Royal family perfect? No, far from it. It has its warts and blemishes just like any other family. But most families (except the Kardashians) settle their problems without the help of the press. Oh, and the paparazzi in the UK are brutish. Ummmm, knew that too. My friends from the U.K. had some thoughts on Meghan from the beginning and they have all been borne out. Canada? Too quiet and boring. Wait, what? I thought that was what they wanted. To be left alone. Nope, lets go to California where the media adore me and we can then hold court and people will hang on our every word. And we can make money, lots of money, by providing National Enquirer quality stories. The moment they appeared on Oprah, we were all served notice. I am with you Lynette, they need to be out of the spotlight. Allan

    1. Hahaha. 🙂 I agree that the British press are brutal and oppressive, and I’m not even sure they have opposable thumbs, but Harry and Meghan knew the score.

      I agree totally. Had they wanted to disappear into obscurity and lead a quiet life, Vancouver Island would have been the place. But yes, they can’t stay away from all those lights! I remember at the time the argument that they had to leave to make money in California, but with the millions he inherited from his mother, that’s just bs. It seems that Meghan won’t be content until Harry is totally cut off from his family of origin, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her dump him once he’s of no further use.

  5. Kudos to you! I don’t comment on the politics of countries I don’t live in (or the politics of the one I do, for that matter) so this was supremely entertaining. “Royal Formerly Known as Prince”–I loved that! Raced downstairs to share it with my husby.

    1. You’re welcome, and I’m glad I could hand you a chuckle. 🙂 Even though they live in the US, the royal family is technically Canadian, as well. Queen Elizabeth is queen of Canada, so I feel pretty free to comment. 🙂 Cheers.

  6. She’s gonna tell me whats what? I don’t think so.
    She knows far less than she thinks she does, and thinks she knows more than everyone, so she will instruct us, which is beyond highly irritating. Even Serena Williams took a unlost default in her interview. How about that 8 minute gender speech in which she just referred to herself 57 times?
    Let’s just start with what I agree with in your post most emphatically:
    “Her opinion is not worth any more or any less than anyone else’s, and given that she’s not really accomplished anything extraordinary, (is marrying a famous person extraordinary?) why should anyone listen?”
    “Most of us work pretty hard, and frankly, at jobs that are a lot more important – especially those of us who were uncomplainingly run ragged through a pandemic.”
    “Stop using your connection to the royals to make money off them while you complain about them at the same time. Stop giving people advice. You don’t know any better than most of us and a lot less than many of us. Stop yipping about privacy as you constantly stick yourselves in front of the cameras and microphones and then whine for the British taxpayer and/or UK police to provide a protection detail. In fact, just stop. Go live the ordinary life you said you wanted. At the very least, give it a good try. Most of us like it. We like it very much.”
    So then we would need to ask readers, “Please stop reading about them.”
    But that may never happen.
    So we could next ask the media, “Please stop giving them such excessive coverage.”
    Neither of these things will happen, which is just sad.
    They are the new Katrashians. Maybe they will become billionaires just like them.
    But at least the Katrashions don’t lecture us. They just embarass me.
    Which is exactly what Meghan Markle is doing.

    1. Thank you very much, Cindy. 🙂 I agree that people need to stop reading about them and listening to them and the media needs to stop covering them. Actually, it’s probably the media that’s making the most money of all, and they love to push the Sussex buttons and wind them up (of course H and M also like being wound up because they think it means that they’re still relevant). I also agree that they are embarrassing. They are stereotypical examples of everything that’s touted to be wrong with the millennial generation. I didn’t listen to any of Meghan’s podcasts, but I’ve seen snippets of very negative reaction to them (I got up on my soapbox about them because my news feed kept sticking articles about them in front of me); my impression is that she’s coming across as full of herself, which is about right when she mentions herself 57 times. Ugh.

  7. Yay you. Exactly. Either do the job, or accept that you are no longer entitled to the salary & perks. And since you insisted you wanted a new life, get on with it! I never thought I’d compare the Kardashians favourably to anybody, but just consider: at least the Ks built their own brand, instead of living off somebody else’s, and they never complain.

    1. Yes, totally! They can’t see how badly they contradict themselves. But then again, when your motivation is money and attention, you will do and say a lot of things that don’t necessarily agree.

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