Roy­als’ fall from grace has noth­ing to do with race...

Manchester Evening News - - STATESIDE - With US Ed­i­tor Christo­pher Buck­tin

PRINCE HARRY and Meghan Markle’s an­nounce­ment they were to step down as se­nior roy­als while want­ing to carve out a more “pro­gres­sive” role within the monar­chy stunned us all and made head­lines around the world.

The cou­ple an­nounced they wanted, as it were, to get off the royal gravy train and be­come “fi­nan­cially in­de­pen­dent”.

But, as we’ve come to learn over the past three years, what the Sus­sexes say and what they do are ha­bit­u­ally dif­fer­ent things.

The re­al­ity is Harry and Meghan still want the Bri­tish tax­payer to fund their lav­ish life­style but miss out on the gravy train’s bor­ing stops that in­volve per­form­ing their public duty on a wet week­day in Wake­field.

The mag­ni­tude of their self­ish­ness was of course lost on many of Meghan’s coun­try­men and women across the pond, whose own idea of roy­alty is the Kar­dashi­ans.

In­stead, they have been told the Duchess and her Prince Charm­ing were driven out of the UK due to Meghan’s race.

Any­one read­ing the New York Times or CNN would think when the for­mer ac­tress en­tered the royal fam­ily she traded the Hol­ly­wood Hills for Buck­ing­ham big­otry.

That the rise of the far-right in Amer­ica was noth­ing com­pared to a race-hate epi­demic spread­ing through­out Bri­tain.

Com­men­ta­tors, some of whom are from the UK, sparked a shame­fully false nar­ra­tive that the only rea­son Meghan has been so harshly crit­i­cised in the UK is that we’re all a bunch of racists liv­ing in a racist coun­try.

CNN’s Lisa Res­pers France wrote: “From the mo­ment Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their re­la­tion­ship known to the public in 2016, the mes­sage many Bri­tons sent to her was clear: ‘You aren’t one of us, and you aren’t wel­come.’”

While Bri­tish com­men­ta­tor Afua Hirsch de­lighted in telling New York Times read­ers: “Black Bri­tons Know Why Meghan Markle Wants Out.”

Through­out her piece, she painted the UK as a coun­try of deeply rooted big­ots, jeered on by an equally racist press.

To prove her the­ory, Hirsch pointed to how in one ar­ti­cle the Duchess was said to have “ex­otic” DNA while an­other piece stated Meghan grew up (al­most) straight out of Comp­ton as if she was a mem­ber of the Bloods or Cripps.

The idea the Bri­tish me­dia has con­sis­tently used racism to­wards Meghan is not only ab­surd but of­fen­sive.

What both Hirsch, Res­pers France and those who make sim­i­lar ar­gu­ments all con­ve­niently over­look, was the over­whelm­ingly fawn­ing cov­er­age the Duke and Duchess en­joyed from the news of their re­la­tion­ship to their wed­ding day. All those ar­ti­cles at­tack­ing her sup­posed treat­ment, failed to men­tion the cou­ple’s fall from grace at their own hands.

Whether that was spend­ing £350,000 on a New York baby shower on the same day they pleaded for peo­ple to think of the poor, ban­ning pho­tog­ra­phy by tennis fans as Meghan sat cen­tre court at Wim­ble­don, or preach­ing to the public about global warm­ing while fly­ing around in pri­vate jets, the woke, over-sen­si­tive cou­ple have only them­selves to blame.

Their fall from the na­tion’s favour has ab­so­lutely noth­ing to do with Meghan’s race. It is be­cause of their own sense­less, self­ish ac­tions.

What kind of game were they play­ing when they with­held de­tails of Archie’s birth from sup­port­ers and then re­fused to let any­body to know who his god­par­ents were?

Or when they de­cided to move away from Kens­ing­ton palace, away from his brother to a lav­ish tax­payer­funded newly re­fur­bished home?

Women like Princess Diana, Sarah Fer­gu­son and Camilla Parker-Bowles, all suf­fered crit­i­cism far greater than Meghan, yet none of them turned their backs on the public or their du­ties.

It is true, Meghan could be for­given for be­ing grossly un­der­pre­pared for life as a royal.

But what as­tounds me most, is how, through all this, Harry can’t see how in­cred­i­bly in­sult­ing he is be­ing not only to the coun­try but to the Queen – who has al­ways stood by him.

The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex

In hap­pier times: The Duchess of Sus­sex with Queen El­iz­a­beth II

The Queen has re­luc­tantly agreed to the cou­ple’s wishes

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