Was Racism the Reason for Meghan and Harry's Departure?
They are turning it [the royal family] into a Walmart with a crown on it.— Thomas Markle
Thomas Markle: This Is Not the Girl I Raised
Thomas Markle says that Meghan is not the girl he raised; she has achieved 'every girl’s dream' of becoming a 'princess' but is now foolishly 'tossing it away'. Not only that, but Meghan's father also stated that 'this is one of the greatest long-living institutions ever. They are destroying it, they are cheapening it, making it shabby… they shouldn’t be doing this'.
Meghan's brother, Tom Markle, said their father would die a happy man if he could just see his grandson, and that Meghan wouldn't be anywhere without our father.
According to Tom, Meghan's father, 'paid for her education, car, clothes, rent, bills, spending money at uni. A small fortune and that’s what put her on her way. It’s great that Meg goes to women’s centres and so on, that’s brilliant. But she does need to look out for her family, too.'
It’s kind of embarrassing… When they got married, they took an obligation. And the obligation is to be part of the royals and to represent the royals, and it would be foolish for them not to.— Thomas Markle
Meghan's Father Speaks Out
Are Meghan and Harry Leaving Because of Racism?
The media has been on a huge buzzfest about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leaving the Royal family and heading out on their own. Strangely enough, it has caused more of a scandal than Prince Andrew's, er, debacle.
There is much speculation around the whys and the whats of the situation. But out of all the hoo-ha, there is one thing that keeps raising its ugly head: racism.
And this particular argument has caused as much, if not more, of a reason to shout at the TV. Meghan Markle is mixed race. Her father, Thomas, is a white American who is a retired lighting director and photographer. Meghan's mother is Doria Ragland, a black American woman.
Why Are They Stepping Back?
The marriage between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was a huge lavish affair, paid for by the British taxpayer. Along with their new house, Frogmore Cottage was also refurbished at great expense by the taxpayer, and the British people believe we have had a bum deal. They have been married for less than two years and were expected to carry out royal duties as Harry has done all his life.
The last thing the public was expecting was this sudden departure, not only from the royal family and their duties, but also from the country itself.
So what caused it? The initial reason was that Harry was having mental problems, along with stress. And Meghan was also suffering from stress caused by being thrown into the royal family and needing time out. But was there more to it? And had it been planned for some time?
Was the British Press Racist?
Strangely enough, after searching newspaper after newspaper, I couldn't find one instance of racism against Meghan.
One puzzling comment suggested that 'Meghan was told not to cross her legs in public.' But if it had been Kate it would be fine. Not sure where the racism is there, though.
That isn't to say there hasn't been racism on website platforms. Words used to describe Meghan have included: self-loathing race traitor, trailer trash, Meghan the queen of monkey island (which is absolutely appalling), witch, cow, and others which I won't repeat here.
Most of the abuse came a few days after Meghan and Harry had outed the media for racism. So it seems to me that racism came from social media and not the newspapers. But even so, it is a terrible and appalling thing to happen.
But what about the so-called racism from the newspapers? As we know, at first the tabloids regarding Harry and Meghan spouted out headlines such as: 'How lovely it is to see a diverse relationship in the Royal Family', 'Modern times! A mixed race person in the Royals!' and 'A new era is upon us!'
Did Hatred of Meghan Start on Social Media?
But which way round was it? Were Twitter and other sites racist because Meghan's mother was black, or did Meghan herself claim it was the reason and thereby blow up the conversation about her race?
Well, in my opinion, it was a bit of both. But the main question that has been asked is this: Was Meghan using her race as an excuse to opt out and run? And that, I believe, is the million-dollar question.
According to Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, she hasn't seen any debates or commentaries that show racism, and 'people of any background can get on in life' in Britain. The Home Secretary's grandparents were both born in India, and Priti herself was born in Uganda.
I’m not in that category at all where I believe there’s racism at all. I think we live in a great country, a great society, full of opportunity, where people of any background can get on in life.— Priti Patel, Home Secretary
Hiding Behind Color
Over the last few weeks, all we have heard from certain members of the public is, 'It's racist, they don't like her because of her color.' To that I say bunkum. That argument is rubbish.
The constant hiding behind color is not only damaging to race relations, but I believe it also promotes, not removes, racism. To constantly say that white people are racist is not only wrong but racist in itself. And what about the non-white person at whom it is directed?
Well, that also denigrates their own race. Why? Because if you constantly yell, 'It's racist!' whenever a person of color is disliked, then it is literally turning that person into just a color. Rather like slamming a door in your own face, if you like.
And what about the person themselves? I actually find it pretty disgusting to think the people yelling "racist" forget that Meghan is a grown woman, a mother, a wife, an actress, and probably a pretty nice person overall. But claiming racism shuts the door on all that. She ends up just a color.
The Final Straw for Harry and Meghan
The final straw came when Meghan and Harry were on their African tour. Meghan and Harry talked about their own stress and how hard it was to be in the royal household, just after visiting children who had lost limbs, homes and family through war and disease. It was in poor taste. And there was more.
This is just my opinion. But I do think some or all of it is relevant.
- The way Meghan treated and still treats her father is appalling. He brought her up, sent her to college, helped her get into acting, and so on. A few photos in the newspapers of him dressed for a wedding means absolutely nothing—to normal families, at least. In fact, it is quite funny.
- She still hasn't let her father see her baby.
- Meghan lost her temper with staff, which resulted in three of them leaving.
- The Queen tells Meghan off for angry rants at the staff.
- Meghan threw a tantrum when she demanded a tiara that the Queen told her she couldn't wear.
- Meghan made Kate cry when she was pregnant by yelling at her.
- Meghan is suing a newspaper for showing a 'secret' letter to her father, after allowing her friends to publish it in a magazine.
I could go on, but... who is at fault?
We can yell at Meghan and say she has caused all the trouble, but to be fair, she was an independent woman, an actress, when she joined the Royal Family. To be suddenly thrust into the monarchy with all its rules and regulations must have been hard. But then again, she knew what it involved before she married Harry. Maybe she should have stepped away early on in the relationship.
I don't think the marriage will last. Meghan will stay in Canada or America. Harry will come home, tail between the proverbial Royal legs, and lick his wounds.
So, what do you think?
Was race the issue, or was it planned?
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