Meghan Markle is the worst kind of snob

That’s why people dislike her. It’s got nothing to do with race.

Joanna Williams
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‘Cry God for Harry, England, and Saint George.’ Ok, so we’ve come a long way since Shakespeare’s take on the Battle of Agincourt. But still, Cry God for Harry. Thank God we have our very own Prince Hal to instruct us in the evils of racism and lead us into the woke uplands. Having ditched the base contagious clouds of, erm, playing naked billiards in Las Vegas and dressing up as a Nazi, Harry is now out to educate us all on the problem of unconscious bias.

The Prince, as newly genned-up on racism as a students’ union officer recently graduated from Intersectionality 101, has decreed that ‘just as stigma is handed down from generation to generation, your perspective on the world and on life and on people is something that is taught to you. It’s learned from your family, learned from the older generation, or from advertising, from your environment.’ Bless him, Harry is clearly speaking from experience here. If anyone has a claim to have learned racism from his family it’s the 6th in line to the throne. But the rest of us? Not so much. It’s bad enough that we keep His Royal Highness in luxury without also having to endure his preaching.

Harry’s great anti-racist awokening coincided with his marriage to Meghan Markle and he has led the way ever since in denouncing as ‘racist’ any criticism of his wife. He set the narrative back in 2016 with a letter to the press condemning the ‘racial undertones’ in coverage of his then girlfriend. And where Harry leads, others follow. The kind of commentators you might normally expect to oppose the monarchy, with all its inherited wealth and privilege, queue up to denounce even the slightest criticism of our Meghan.

So when, as happened yesterday, Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine took Meghan to task for her beyond-parody guest editorship of Vogue, woke Twitter immediately rounded on Vine and leapt to the defence of Megs. Judging by the vitriol levelled at Vine, you’d expect her column to be one racial slur after another. Far from it. It’s the headline, ‘We Brits prefer true royalty to fashion royalty’, that seems to have prompted so much anger. Now, you’ve really got to read between the lines here (back to Intersectionality 101, if you didn’t pick up on it) but the implication, we’re told, is that Meghan is being singled out as not a proper royal. She’s being held to a higher standard than, say, Duchess Kate. Whereas Kate will always be ‘true royalty’ and the long dead Diana always ‘the people’s princess’, poor Meghan is destined only ever to be ‘fashion royalty’. In drawing this distinction, Meg’s defenders argue, Vine is not only revealing her own racism but dog-whistling to the inner racist in all the ignorant Mail-reading plebs.

But the truth is that few Brits have a problem with Meghan because she is (ever so slightly) black. Precisely the opposite: in the eyes of everyone unable to stomach more than one episode of Suits, Meghan being ‘biracial’ (as she describes herself) and involving gospel singers and black preachers in an otherwise boring wedding ceremony is the only vaguely cool thing about her. Back in 2011, about one in 10 UK couples who live together described themselves as being in an ‘interracial’ relationship. This was up 35 per cent on the previous decade and is highly likely to have risen further still. Estimates suggest that there are almost one million mixed-race children being raised by interracial parents across the country.

With the possible exception of a few sad social outcasts, no one has a problem with the fact that Meghan’s mum just happens to be black. No, Meghan is criticised for being snobby, elitist, hopelessly out of touch and possessing all the self-awareness of a flea. It’s not Meghan’s skin colour that annoys people, but the fact that she thinks nothing of donning an outfit that costs more than most people in the UK earn in a year and then getting her minders to order the public not to take photos of her. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex happily spend £2.4million of taxpayers’ money on renovating their house but then keep the press away from their son’s christening. Meghan has a baby shower involving private jets to New York and then tries to be taken seriously as someone raising awareness about the importance of mental health.

When Meghan wants to deflect criticism from her lavish lifestyle and petty authoritarianism, she presents herself as a social-justice warrior with lessons for us all on mental health, feminism and racism. Frankly, no one wants a princess to tell them how to think. It’s preachy and condescending and hypocritical. So it’s no surprise that Meghan’s guest editorship of the uber glossy and stupidly expensive fashion magazine Vogue has come in for criticism. The cover features 15 women considered to be ‘forces for change’ (including a mirror, natch, so us ordinary folk can see ourselves as change-makers, too). Inside is an editorial penned by Meghan, and interviews with primatologist Jane Goodall and Michelle Obama – who reveals that her 15-year-old self would congratulate her on having landed such a cute husband. So, really inspirational stuff.

The criticisms of this project write themselves. The glossy pictures of women who tick boxes (black: check; brown: check; disabled: check; transgender: check) alongside adverts for designer frocks reduces any serious message to frippery. Few of the 15 women chosen have made a huge contribution to society: they have been chosen because of who they are, not because of what they have achieved. Yet we are supposed to fawn over them as role models and see them as a source of inspiration. Yuck. Vogue – exactly like feminism and royalty – is simply posh, privileged tripe.

There are heaps of reasons for people not just to criticise Meghan and Harry, but to ridicule their hypocrisy and puncture their pomposity. And not one involves the colour of Meghan’s skin. Meghan comes in for criticism because she is the worst kind of snob who condescends to tell others not just what to do, but also what to think. The fact that she is biracial is completely irrelevant. Of course, there is an obvious solution for Harry and Meghan if they do not like the public attention and criticism. Harry could denounce his claim to the throne. They could give up the titles, move out of the palaces and fund their own lifestyle. I can’t for the life of me imagine why they don’t.

Joanna Williams is associate editor at spiked. Her new book, Women vs Feminism: Why We All Need Liberating from the Gender Wars, is out now.

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Comments

denis daly

12th August 2019 at 10:40 am

The racism and sexism is large in these comments. Of course, the strongest predictor of prejudice, is right wing ideology (Dhont and Hodson, 2015; Duckitt and Sibley, 2009, 2010, 2017). These were meta analyses, so the jury is out. Not too far behind that is having a low IQ (Onraet et al. 2015), and again in another meta analysis. Just read the quality of the comments, no sophisticated comment at all. Again, we know from research that right wing people are unable to cope with complexity (Tetlock, 2004, Suedfed, 2009). Have a look at the comment section in the Gurrdian, the New Times, Der Spiegel, and so on. Big difference, regardless of topic.
The comments here are in keeping with 13 year olds.

Good Gosh

3rd August 2019 at 12:07 pm

It doesn’t matter. but she’s not all that black. Her nose is unlike black African noses, and she doesn’t have fuzzy-wuzzy hair. Thus Bi-racial seems a bit over the top. More like 70-30 not 50-50. Regardless, she’s making the most of it. Or rather, the Establishment machine is milking her so-called blackness for as much as they can, using it and her to ram home whatever social engineering they deem good for us. Kids will swallow this stuff, but the mature generations can see right through it.

Miss Rain

13th September 2019 at 11:51 am

as an African woman not all africans have wide huge noses .No one comes to your face going on about big hook pointed nose/ski slope that can poke your lover while kissing.That”wuzzy fuzzy” hair made your women so insecure that theoury had their slaves shave their heads or wear head wraps. You are just cowardly insecure withering bad teeth being who never dreamed of seeing a black woman welcomed to royalty.Pour yourself some tea in a sippy cup and suck on it

Janet Mozelewski

28th September 2019 at 2:45 pm

Oh give over. lol. You ‘teethist’ you!
I have heard a lot of Americans make similar comments about why the Brits have started to go off Me Again. They seem to picture us as living in a vignette of the 1950’s, drinking tea from a commemorative Coronation china teacup and with a framed picture of Her Maj on the mantle-piece. I have not met one single Brit who has actually mentioned her racial identity to me in conversation…going back right to the time of her marriage when it (the wedding not her racial identity) was a hot topic. The only people obsessed with talking about it are the people who set themselves up as Racism Police. I think many Americans try to transfer their own problems onto the UK. They don’t seem to understand that though the UK still does have problems in that area….they are not at all the same magnitude as they are in the US. The yanks are behind the times.
It is 40 years since a fellow student persisted in pushing his ‘attention’ when I made it clear it wasn’t wanted. He then tried publicly shaming me with the cry of ‘You are a racist, you are rejecting me because I am black!’
‘No Bob,’ I replied. ‘I reject you because you are pushy and I think you are an arse. The fact you use your skin colour this way makes you a bully as well.’

farkennel smith

3rd August 2019 at 7:16 am

Harry was more fun when he was a nazi.Now he`s just another cowardly “ally” to a strident penis envy riddled feminist.

Hana Jinks

3rd August 2019 at 10:53 am

Don’t tell me they all renounced naziism!!!????

JAMES MORLAND

2nd August 2019 at 10:23 pm

It is a pity Harry has morphed into another politically correct warrior alongside his B grade actress wife. What experience do they have of the realities of life? None other than the hymn sheet of elitist members of the global warming scammers. I suggest Harry resigns from the Family and sets up his tent in Africa with the B grade actress and get their hands dirty with real life activities saving the planet.

Hana Jinks

3rd August 2019 at 5:53 am

If Prince Hewitt was forced to take a dna test and was to not be German at all, what would happen then? And why isn’t there more agitation for this?

Hana Jinks

3rd August 2019 at 5:54 am

*and was found not to be

Rod Conrad

2nd August 2019 at 5:25 pm

That would be you and Boris … but she does have a bit of the tar brush in her … Not a “lady Diana”

Makes me laugh that you don’t think the royals , Tories are snobs but a half caste american

what joke this is

ANDREW COLE

7th August 2019 at 10:10 am

There is s difference between posh and snob. snob is nothing to do with class or upbringing. A snob can be your neighbour in the council house next door.

You seem to be confusing the 2 words.

And as husband to a lady “with a bit (lot) of the tar brush in her” I pretty much agree with the article. She is the worst kind of snob.

Genghis Kant

1st August 2019 at 4:04 pm

It is nice to see Harry is so keen on maintaining the tradition of having at least one absolute nutter in each generation of the royal family.

His dad must be so proud.

Jerry Owen

1st August 2019 at 8:32 pm

That made me laugh !

fret slider

1st August 2019 at 1:47 pm

Harry and Meghan are mentally damaged.

So, what’s new?

Hana Jinks

1st August 2019 at 5:49 pm

Certainly not burblings of nothingness.

Now what?

Ven Oods

1st August 2019 at 1:11 pm

That headline does make me wonder what the BEST kind of snob would be like. (And how one would differentiate.)

Andy Bolstridge

1st August 2019 at 2:00 pm

surely the best kind of snob would be one who is open and honest, the kind to tell you that you want to be like him, then you should get off your bum and make something of yourself too.

Ven Oods

1st August 2019 at 11:41 pm

I thought the whole point of snobbery was that they *didn’t* want you to be like them, otherwise how could they be better?

Rachel Poole

1st August 2019 at 12:30 pm

Crazy that this article even needs to be written, no one gives two hoots about her race. It’s bad enough to be lectured on all the woke issues from celebrities but it’s worse when our tax dollars go towards funding the lectures. Kate doesn’t get the same criticism because she’s not such a virtue signalling idiot and wears clothes more than once. Roll on the republic!

fret slider

1st August 2019 at 1:48 pm

Parliament will never go for that.

The head of state is an ornament and that’s the way they intend to keep it.

Hana Jinks

1st August 2019 at 2:57 pm

Viva La Revolucion, Rachel.

Don’t listen to Fretter…she’s bought.

Hana Jinks

1st August 2019 at 3:01 pm

Let me live. I’m doing you a service. In more ways than you could imagine.

Amelia Cantor

1st August 2019 at 10:17 am

And Meghan is a racist too. She’s a racist!

There, done it. Millions of BAME folk are now abandoning identity politics and flocking to Spiked’s pro-humanist banner. The power of reasoned argument from cisgender whites is utterly irresistible to BAME folk.

Hana Jinks

1st August 2019 at 11:01 am

I couldn’t care what you are and whether you’re a racist or not, but you’re implying that whites can’t reason.

William Brown

1st August 2019 at 10:09 am

Ah, throughout history, many a pretty girl has led a poor boy astray…

David Goldsmith

1st August 2019 at 9:27 am

In Dowton Abbey The introduction of an American wife did the family a world of good. I think they then went on to let one of the daughters shack up the Irish chauffeur – Something similar might help with this Irish backstop business.

Jerry Owen

1st August 2019 at 8:33 am

I liked reading this article and judging by the response of the usual ‘woke’ people here it is an article difficult to criticize.
It is Royals like Charles, Ferguson, Markle and Harry that have turned me from someone who didn’t want to abolish the R family ( another story ) to someone that wants the R Family abolished.
So, Harry and Meghan , keep up the good work works , I’ll even chip in a spade so you can dig deeper .

Jerry Owen

1st August 2019 at 8:36 am

Meant to say that Harry’s unbelievable patronizing is on a par with Thornberry’s sneering at a St George flag. His lack of self awareness is possible proof that the Royals are indeed inbred somewhere in the distant past.

Jonnie Henly

4th August 2019 at 4:27 pm

I guess the “usual woke people on here” means everyone who says things you don’t approve of.

As usual, another desperate attack from you. You don’t like it when people pick holes in your favourite articles, do you?

Run along, fickle boy.

Gerard Barry

1st August 2019 at 8:28 am

This reminds me of the recent hysteria over Trump’s tweets directed at the black congressman from Baltimore. There is nothing remotely racist in the tweet, yet CNN shameless refers to it as a “racist tweet”. Why? Because the recipient happens to be black? Is it always racist when a white person gets into an argument with a black person? In any event, objectively speaking, Trump is largely correct about Baltimore, as the city does has a lot of issues with crime and so on, which its Democrat mayors and other politicians don’t seem to be able to solve.

Hana Jinks

1st August 2019 at 9:43 am

Fox went to Detroit the next day as part of some new series about which cities are hellholes. The people seemed frightened for their lives at all the murder and other crime. Best thing about Trump is that he isn’t a politician, and so doesn’t have to pretend to like May or Merkel. It’s been so entertaining, and l think we can expect some real action in term two.

Gerard Barry

1st August 2019 at 9:46 am

I find it disturbing and unfair how everything Trump says is deliberately misconstrued or taken out of context.

Hana Jinks

1st August 2019 at 10:30 am

Trump has many faults but has done so much good, and his outing of fake news must rank right up there. It wouldn’t be easy to find a white racist. Some of the brown-skinned that emigrate are relatively normal, and some are lunatics.

We’re actually conditioned in the west to grow up revering fake news, or have been. There are many truthful organisations on yt, and people are waking up. It’s pretty telling that you never, ever hear any truth on commercial, terrestrial networks.

Amin Readh

1st August 2019 at 4:32 pm

@ Hana Jinks

You must be without any sense of irony whatsoever. Trump creates Fake News. His constant lying. Infowars, Alex Jones.

Have you read a book after leaving school? And did you pass high school at all?

Hana Jinks

1st August 2019 at 5:53 pm

Amin.

I suggest that you step off right now, and never return.

Jonnie Henly

4th August 2019 at 4:26 pm

“There are many truthful organisations on yt”

Don’t be a coward. Name them and we’ll see how much of a liar you are.

Amin Readh

4th August 2019 at 5:25 pm

@ Hana Jinks

Did you pass high school? Have you read a book, any book since leaving school?

Hana Jinks

5th August 2019 at 6:36 am

Oh come on, Amin.

I never, ever went to any school, and that has meant that l don’t feel compelled to to reply to accusations made on sucjh an obviously childish level.

I’d really prefer not ro have to get into this kind of thing with you. There are obviously things we disagree about, but there are also times when l really value what you have to say.

Hana Jinks

5th August 2019 at 10:07 am

Jon Hen.

Red Ice TV and Rebel Media are two excellent one’s, of the top of my head.

The Corbett Report …this guy should win a prize, and also Black Pigeon Speaks…check ’em out, Jon.

Amin Readh

31st July 2019 at 10:04 pm

Come on Jo, eh? Compared to her you are just plain old ugly. No prince, even a lousy one without any real power whatsoever is going to come for you… ever! Is that what it is all about?

Hana Jinks

1st August 2019 at 5:01 am

She’s stunningly beautiful and very bright.

Lol..l can think of at least three really bad things to say to you about this.

Hana Jinks

1st August 2019 at 5:21 am

Not hircine enough?

Hana Jinks

1st August 2019 at 12:50 pm

Point taken or what, Amin?

I don’t understand these silences.

Hana Jinks

1st August 2019 at 12:52 pm

I do, actually.

Amin Readh

1st August 2019 at 4:22 pm

@ Hana Jinks

She is quite ugly. We all know it. And ugly women and jealousy… there is lot to jealous about Markle in that regard.

Hana Jinks

1st August 2019 at 5:56 pm

Haahaha, really?

It’s obviously subjective, …but really?

Danny Rees

1st August 2019 at 8:21 am

My my we are a Megan fan boy aren’t we?

Ready to pounce on anyone who says hurty words about her.

Hana Jinks

1st August 2019 at 8:25 am

What’s this got to do with Olive Oil, danny?

Ven Oods

31st July 2019 at 8:40 pm

Meghs is a ‘bonny lass’ as they say up North. And that’s all you need to guest-edit Vogue.
Whereas Gideon Osborne at the Standard is a sick joke (as borne out by its recent financial results). One can only feel sorry for any decent journalists who still linger there.

Warren Alexander

31st July 2019 at 8:20 pm

I won’t hear a word said against Meghan. It’s people like her who are doing so much to bring about the end of the monarchy. Well done Meghan and may all your efforts be fruitful.

Danny Rees

31st July 2019 at 8:31 pm

Don’t be ridiculous, the Monarchy can never be brought down.

It’s an untouchable British institution.

Hana Jinks

1st August 2019 at 5:39 am

You are The Conditioned, Danny.

Danny Rees

1st August 2019 at 8:22 am

No I am just stating the facts.

I did not say I agree with their position by the way

fret slider

1st August 2019 at 1:45 pm

[Don’t be ridiculous, the Monarchy can never be brought down.

It’s an untouchable British institution.]

It’s only untouchable because Parliament [supreme above people and monarch] likes it that way.

Parliament can do as it pleases – expenses etc – and the mandateless monarch can do nothing about it.

The people should be above parliament. Good luck with that.

Hana Jinks

1st August 2019 at 5:58 pm

Hi Danny. No idea who fretter is, …is that your troll account?

Ven Oods

31st July 2019 at 8:14 pm

I think Harry would need to renounce his claim to the throne. If he merely denounced it, he would still be in the running…

Jonnie Henly

31st July 2019 at 7:38 pm

” Now, you’ve really got to read between the lines here (back to Intersectionality 101, if you didn’t pick up on it) but the implication, we’re told, is that Meghan is being singled out as not a proper royal”

No you don’t. It’s pretty obvious from the title of Vine’s article alone.

Jonnie Henly

31st July 2019 at 7:34 pm

“Meghan is criticised for being snobby, elitist, hopelessly out of touch and possessing all the self-awareness of a flea.”

All true, but so is her sister in law, who receives a fraction of the criticism she does. Which is why those evil intersectionists on twitter are right, she is being singled out and held to a higher standard than others.

Neil McCaughan

31st July 2019 at 7:58 pm

Is it kind to criticize other people’s choice in dogs?

Neil McCaughan

31st July 2019 at 7:59 pm

She also looks like Olive Oil.

Amin Readh

31st July 2019 at 10:01 pm

@ Neil McCaughan

Don’t be a tit all your life.

Jonnie Henly

31st July 2019 at 11:14 pm

Yes and that’s why some people consider criticism of her to have racist undertones.

Hana Jinks

1st August 2019 at 5:08 am

She does look a bit like Olive Oil.

Danny Rees

1st August 2019 at 8:26 am

Boo hoo cry us a river.

She’s a very rich privileged woman living in the most well protected family in this country.

Nobody should care if she gets criticism.

Hana Jinks

1st August 2019 at 9:48 am

…sorry, l thought you going to say the most racist family in country.

Jonnie Henly

4th August 2019 at 4:24 pm

People should care about hypocrisy though.

And most of her critics are hypocrites.

Linda Payne

31st July 2019 at 7:20 pm

Disabled people are being stripped of their benefits; we force the elderly to sell their only asset to pay for their care yet we keep these two twats in the lap of luxury only for them to use the race card against the most mild criticism-if they don’t like it they can fuck off to america and earn their own living

Neil McCaughan

31st July 2019 at 9:47 pm

How do I uptick that?

Danny Rees

1st August 2019 at 8:24 am

Meghan isn’t using the race card her sycophantic fan boys and girls in the media and on social media are.

But your comments about disabled people and benefits are right.

We are being told that we should feel so terribly sorry that a very privileged rich woman from the upper classes it getting mean and critical comments and how that makes her oppressed.

Meanwhile working class men and women face a life of poverty and despair due to the austerity policies of this government.

I know who my heart bleeds for.

Mark Lambert

31st July 2019 at 7:11 pm

Blimey, listening to a guest on a radio station and few callers, you might think it was all a racist gnashing of the teeth against Megan. But since the story broke about her Vogue editing, most of what I have seen is that Harry has become a Woke Berk.

And then if that is moved on from, Megan is also a Woke Berk.

And that is where things like hypocrisy can be invoked for such a magazine,
such riches and privilege afforded to both, etc while they seem to have
decided to preach, pretentiously, to the rest of us plebs.

Criticising any of that is not “racist” but of course there are those who will
seek out a great-granny “of colour” for someone who is now white and being
criticised, to yell “racism!”

Garreth Byrne

31st July 2019 at 6:04 pm

Do I feel like commenting on this matter? I’d rather say that I think celeb culture is often given more prominence than real news and this tells us something about a celeb-obsessed society being pampered, distracted and emotionally massaged by the prolefeed-minded media. We are being infotained to death.

Winston Stanley

31st July 2019 at 5:48 pm

The whole thing smacks of a ludicrous elitism and authoritarianism. The birth and ancestry of Markal/ Windsor puts her beyond criticism? How things have changed – not.

When have monarchies ever not wanted to be above and beyond criticism? They have always tried to use their ancestry to secure that aloofness and this is just more of the same.

Which goes to show that PC is just more establishment posturing to secure its own privileged status. Us plebs should mind our morals, show deference to our betters and speak the scrip lines allotted to us.

“Come on everyone, smile and wave for the monarchy, you do not want to be called a racist. Anyone who dares to criticise the monarchy or who fails to show true love and deference for them is a racist. Republicanism is racist.”

One could almost suspect that the “royals” like Harry are just moral posturing with their woke causes to “reinvent” themselves and to secure their own privileged status.

A “royal family” for the new century. That is his “job” after all, to perpetuate royalism and privilege. “Someone write a letter to that d amn press and put them back in their place. Call them racists.”

“Run out of hospitals to open to make yourself look like ‘the people’s queen’? No worries just do a woke magazine cover, that has a bigger and international audience anyway. The monarchy is an international phenomenon now, those tourists help to justify our privilege.”

“We are good, the awoke. And anyone who criticises us is evil, even racists. God and goodness are on our side, same as ever.”

The establishment has long used “royal” public posturing to try to manipulate the attitudes of the demos and to secure its elitist institution. And they still do. Even us “thick plebs” and “uppity peasants” can see through that.

Jim Lawrie

31st July 2019 at 5:22 pm

The only people I see making an issue of her colour and race are the dim duo themselves.

Danny Rees

31st July 2019 at 5:27 pm

To be fair she has not but Harry has

Jim Lawrie

31st July 2019 at 5:37 pm

She has changed her nose, lips, forehead, teeth, eyes, straightened her hair, lightened her skin etc …..

Jonnie Henly

31st July 2019 at 7:29 pm

I wasn’t aware her teeth had anything to do with her race…… How did you link those 2 together?

Amin Readh

1st August 2019 at 4:25 pm

@ Jim Lawrie

Yet you have made it an issue. I suspect it is an underlying issue with a lot of people skirting around it.

Anuschka Frisco

31st July 2019 at 5:09 pm

Sadly, Harry seems to have inherited the same gullibility as his Father and Edward VIII, especially in regards to the influence of women.

Danny Rees

31st July 2019 at 8:32 pm

Maybe she is promising him a good time if he does what she says.

Danny Rees

31st July 2019 at 5:08 pm

If they really cared about social justice they would abdicate and turn their wealth and palaces over to the poor and homeless.

Hypocrites.

Andrea Hardaker

31st July 2019 at 4:23 pm

Love the use of the word Yuck. Sums everything up.

Hana Jinks

31st July 2019 at 4:21 pm

I love the “awokeness” crack. It seems to have gotten to the stage where any criticism of any-one non-white is racism.

And l saw somewhere where they’re worth £1trillion. Aren’t people sick of funding that?

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