Harry and Meghan, please stop whinging

You live a life of incredible privilege, at taxpayers’ expense.

Joanna Williams
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have come in for a lot of criticism of late. But one thing’s for sure: they are nothing if not professional. As last night’s ITV docu-love-in Harry and Meghan: An African Journey showed, they have perfected the brave smile, the lip chew, sad eyes and resigned shrugging. They might need a script for the staged speeches, but they have ad-libbing to camera off pat.

The take-home message for the viewing plebs was that Harry and Meghan are not okay. Apparently it’s really hard being royal. It’s even harder to be a duchess at the same time as getting to grips with being a new mum, a wife, having a new job and living in a different country. To make matters worse, hardly anyone has asked Meghan if she is okay.

Blimey. What are all those servants being paid for if they can’t even get their act together to enquire after Meghan’s state of mind? Us ignorant folk may all blithely assume that the cleaners and gardeners and caterers and nutritionists and nannies and private doctors and midwives and stylists and chauffeurs as well as the private jet and the foreign holidays and the £2.4million house renovation might make being a wife and a mum who has to turn out to smile and wave every now and again just a little bit easier. But it turns out we’d be wrong: poor Megs is merely ‘existing not living’.

I tried to feel sympathetic towards Meghan’s new-mum-with-a-new-job schtick. Honestly. But what rubs is the context. Harry and Meghan ask us to feel sorry for them moments after ITV’s intrepid Tom Bradby announces they are in Malawi, the fifth poorest country on Earth. Over the course of his hour-long syco-fest, Bradby records the couple in the townships of South Africa, at a school (little more than a shed) in Malawi, and in a hospital in Angola. We learn of dire poverty, the legacy of Apartheid and war. And yet, at the end of the show, our sympathies are supposed to lie with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Yes, the cute little Angolan boy might have lost his leg, but he doesn’t have to put up with people writing stuff about him in tabloid newspapers.

According to Harry and Meghan, the royal tour to southern Africa was all about ‘the causes’. They simply want to raise awareness about conservation, climate change, violence against women, and the need to educate girls. In the eyes of the royal couple, tackling these issues – beginning with bringing them to our attention – is indisputably the right thing to do. These causes are beyond contestation and therefore in the realm of morality rather than politics. To their minds, there is nothing to discuss. No one, as Harry points out, could surely be so stupid as to question the science of global warming.

But despite Meghan and Harry’s insistence, the issues the couple highlight are political. Or, at least, what to do about them is. A string of nuclear power stations across southern Africa would transform people’s lives. Widespread use of GM crops would make better quality food more affordable. Investment in transport infrastructure would make businesses more productive, create jobs and lead to higher wages. Harry and Meghan refuse to advocate these solutions. Worse, their insistence on a simplistic morality puts the possibility of political debate – and of these solutions being raised – off the agenda.

The couple’s crusade against the press, given only cursory coverage in Bradby’s on-message production, stems from this same moralistic impulse. Tabloid newspapers are lumped in with the evils of landmines, violence against women and killing baby elephants: all really bad things that must be stopped. As Harry and Meghan see it, the worst thing about the press is that it scrutinises their actions when all they want to do is good. According to this logic, tackling climate change is so important – and Harry is so obviously correct when he tells us to heed the science – that it is just plain wrong for the press to question their use of private jets or the need to ship cars from the UK to South Africa for the royal tour. But no one in the public eye – especially not those living at the taxpayer’s expense – should be beyond scrutiny.

Last night’s documentary showed exactly how Harry and Meghan want the press to be: servile and sycophantic, enquiring sympathetically after their wellbeing and showing only pre-approved messages. Tom Bradby played the part of humble lackey superbly well. Despite what Harry and Meghan might say, the press as a whole has been incredibly restrained in their coverage of them. There have been no long-range paparazzi shots of baby Archie and no revelations as to his godparents. What Harry and Meghan claim they object to is the publication of ‘untruths’. But the only ‘untruths’ appear to be the charges of hypocrisy and arrogance. Harry might argue that it isn’t hypocritical for the privileged pair to bang on about the environment while spending more time in the air than on land because their pal Elton bought some trees. But the rest of us should be free to think, read and write that it is.

Harry might walk through fields of landmines and Meghan might talk about the importance of education for girls – but this latest orchestrated media outing showed the main cause the royal couple endorse is themselves. Great. Just do it at someone else’s expense and leave the rest of us alone.

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

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George Smiley

5th November 2019 at 11:11 pm

SOHO HOUSE has 27 clubs around the world. Fundraisers have taken place for the Obamas at Soho House locales in the USA: IS that where they met “H”, who frequents SoHo House — and apparently met MM? The history of MM’s relationship with the SoHo House should be investigated..and that politicos ala Hillary Clinton, the Obamas and their shills Ellen D. back her should be cause for concern. It might be that there are powerful interests who have an interest in the BRF’s future.

MM has control over “H” who is arrogant and not very bright. With SoHo House having influence over MM (cash, as well as knowledge of her background) — they may figure that by playing on “H”‘s jealousy of WIlliam; that they can manipulate him into pursuing a route towards becoming a King of the People’s Hearts with MM as Queen in the USA — and thus, leading to them pressuring the Monarchy into installing them — and ousting William and Kate. Sounds unlikely — given how disliked she is — and yet, it’s reported that her private Twitter accounts refer to Archie as “King Archie” and there have been articles planted in tabloids that question the succession. What interest would the owners and/or members have in “H” & MM power-grab???

They would find it easier to bribe/manipulate these two grifters — because “H” isn’t very bright; easily flattered and MM will do anything for money. The BRF are very foolish to let these two power-hungry narcissists continue to hold royal titles and privileges. They should be stripped of any royal titles; privileges; and access to palaces sans oversight. It’s clear that MM has a plan and that “H” doesn’t have the wit or character to stand-up to her — he’s been brainwashed by her. This is going to end badly.

Anna Cee

26th October 2019 at 7:25 am

Oh how it drones on. These privileged, pampered people at it again! From the moment they open their eyes to the moment they close them…their days surrounded by maids, cleaners, housekeepers, chefs, chauffeurs, nannies, stylists, hairdressers, make up artists, walk-in wardrobes filled to the brim with fabulously expensive clothes (all cleaned, pressed and lined up by their lackeys), social secretaries, speech writers, image consultants, therapists, PR consultants, minders…and lots of yoga mats. Not bad perks for turning up to shake a few hands?
Seems their latest fully taxpayer funded outing had nothing whatsoever to do with the Royal Family, it was ALL about them. For about a minute I found myself buying into the “new Mom” performance, then I snapped back into the real world…the place where most new Moms live. Millions spent on every stage of her pregnancy and far beyond. Nannies and minders all the way.
They seem very well matched. He’s underlying angry and damaged, she’s the American D grade actress who plays her part to the hilt, and he laps it up. From doe eyed deferment one minute to strident, outspoken “woman of colour” the next. Where’s the line when acting drops in and out?

The preacher at their wedding set the tone for what was to come, and really when everyone in the room except these 2 were rendered speechless with embarrassment…they did too. The worst parts of Americanisation now inculcated into the British Royal Family. Maybe they’ll take themselves off to live in Los Angeles where they will certainly receive the laudation they believe they thoroughly deserve, need and enjoy?
Let’s pay them no further attention. More important things to deal with in our world at present!

Patiently Waiting

25th October 2019 at 1:41 am

Meghan Markle is a narcissist who has manipulated Harry, a half-wit, via playing the Diana-Card from Day 1. She was always obsessed with Diana and the British Royal Family. She identified as Caucasian all her life: when applying for school; acting lessons; and jobs– but then plays the Race-Card because it’s the “woke” thing to do: By the way, her mother Doria was nowhere around after she divorced Thomas Markle — but it was Mr. Markle, Meghan’s father who funded her every dream: her education; acting lessons; and world travel — and after she bagged “H”, she kicked her ailing Dad aside like an old boot.

Meghan claims that she “sacrificed” in order to marry into the BRF: HOW exactly? She was living a sordid and squalid life with a chef — after 2 divorces — as a z-list, third-rate actress who played in mediocre soap-opera-ish TV shows like “Suits”; and nearing 40 years old, the acting jobs were drying up — she’s NO Judi Dench, Helen Mirren or Grace Kelly — not by any stretch of the imagination… She couldn’t play Shakespeare — probably has never heard of him. Unless he’s a billionaire celeb, she wouldn’t be interested. Her “hearts desires” were fulfilled when she was given an obscenely lavish royal wedding by the BRF which was aired to a world-wide audience — she had fame and fortune which would have never come her way without “H” — she could virtue signal the rest of us, whilst hypocritically spending like there is no tomorrow, flying around in private jets & clearing seats on the Wimbledon stage in order to be shown alone… because she’s so special.

Her abuse of her own ailing Dad is indicative of her cruel and hateful nature: Notice in films that she pushes “H” aside, shoving her way forward to meet hosts — she interrupts him when he speaks; she finishes his sentences; and/or brags about how she “tells” him what to think about how awful life is for them — they are treated so badly, particularly because nobody asks if she’s “OKAY”. Hmmm. And she complains about how life is so hard … how they are struggling; existing; not living … whilst on an official state visit in South Africa — where poverty is rife; people struggle to put food on their tables; and, violence results in the rape and killing of innocent men, women and children. But, our priorities must be wrong: because we’re not worshiping at the Altar of MM & “H”‘s egos.

It’s long overdue for the British Royal Family to strip Meghan Markle and “H” of their royal titles and privileges: these to self-obsessed, self-pitying, greedy and selfish individuals are unfit to represent the British people at home or abroad. They should be forced to live private lives — their Sussex Foundation is a scam established in AZ, USA — a state where no public audits are required — and like the Clinton Foundation — don’t expect more than 3% of donations to get to “charities”; if any at all …because the owners can take the money and run. Pathetic.

Patiently Waiting

25th October 2019 at 1:46 am

P.S. By the way, Doria has managed to rack-up $9 MILLION (not from giving yoga lessons) … HOW??? Many speculate that she has been paid off by Meghan, the narcissist and Harry, the half-wit, in order that she will show-up for photo-ops. The Sussex Fnd is a scam.

Linda Payne

22nd October 2019 at 2:10 pm

Abolish the monarchy; I’m more concerned with the Prerogative powers than the Oh so delicate Prince Harry; Shame his father James Hewitt is no longer alive to give him some advice

Warren Alexander

22nd October 2019 at 11:49 am

D list actress, no-one has heard of, marries redundant grandson of old queen (Elizabeth 2 not Elton John), proceeds to lecture the entire world on how they should live. What a fabulous advertisement for a monarchy (or the end of it)

A Game

22nd October 2019 at 11:43 am

Just got to keep trying to manipulate the public into adoring them. Can’t just, I don’t know… be adorable. That would mean you actually have to be… adorable. Narcissists do struggle with that.

Anyway, it doesn’t matter what misanthropic subversives like Spiked readers etc think. Apparently the “angle” went over a treat on Twitter. That can be notched up as a success, then, right? (Which means more of the same.)

A Game

22nd October 2019 at 11:44 am

Its surreal that this comment is in moderation.

Stephen J

22nd October 2019 at 10:23 am

I felt sick after my wife forced me to watch that.

Paul Carlin

21st October 2019 at 11:46 pm

Whichever PR organisation is advising these two should indeed scuttle back to their briefings with minor film and TV actors. The ‘Africa’ thing is understandable to the extent that living in a clement environment with lots of servants, a few new Range Rovers and the occasional brush with a leopard or giraffe is exciting dinner-party-worthy material, but actually working to raise any African country out of corruption, misery and exploitation by the Chinese is going to take more than Markle’s thespian talents.

Marianne Birkby

21st October 2019 at 11:39 pm

Hasnt southern Africa suffered enough from this Royal visit without having to have a string of nuclear plants and GM.crops. ? Cumbria is the wettest place in the UK but the public water.supply is stressed…. the nuclear industry does not want to.share the top.quality water.it takes.from.Wastwater and rivers including the Ehen.

Jerry Owen

22nd October 2019 at 8:04 am

Nuclear power stations and GM crops would be welcomed by those without power and food.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

21st October 2019 at 10:43 pm

As part of our post-Brexit constitutional reforms, the main thrust of which will be to actually obtain a proper constitution, we can abolish the monarchy entirely and replace the monarch with an elected head of state, similar to the Irish or German Presidents.

Ven Oods

23rd October 2019 at 2:58 pm

Yeah, but who wants to settle for a tea-shack?

John B

26th October 2019 at 7:13 am

Actually the tea shack is the PM not the president. And it’s Taoiseach.

Tinfoil Hat

21st October 2019 at 10:08 pm

I’m sure more time was wasted writing this stuff than I wasted reading it.

Michael Lynch

21st October 2019 at 9:32 pm

Whoever is advising these two should be sacked immediately. Harry and Megan seem very intent on painting even larger targets on their backs for the Press. Harry should take his older brothers advice. William is the future monarch and yet he and Kate are the epitome of probity. This basically the problem these two youngsters have; they want the Hollywood superstar lifestyle on public money and it just ain’t going to happen. Less is more; it’s as old as time.

AE Cassidy

28th October 2019 at 3:27 am

I say give them what they want. Completely ignore them. Not another article, not another tv lifetime movie or tv interview.
Let’s see how passionate they are about their causes if no coverage.
This young woman needs to check herself.
She is not the 1st working Mother.
As far as her being in another land and a having a baby. Newsflash. Military families have done this for centuries. Suck it up buttercup. #pathetic I hope to get this they stay in England or anywhere else but not come back to US.

Danny Rees

21st October 2019 at 8:50 pm

As a leftist I find the British Left’s fawning over this pair of privileged whiners sickening.

We are supposed to want to abolish the Monarchy not bleating on their behalf.

Mark Lambert

21st October 2019 at 8:43 pm

Tom Bradby’s participation was obviously calculated.

The early snippet I saw had me thinking he might have led her into answering with obvious hinting questions. The more I saw it, the more I realised it was staged. And then I saw the longer interview and the same thing happened. It was questions almost along the lines of, “You *are* troubled, aren’t you?”

And frankly if you have a problem with the media and you know how media (as well as social) will react, why blast it all out on……….media? Why not stay quiet as many royals usually do, even if they have private problems? It’s not a celebrity game. Or is it?

Marlane Wurzbach

21st October 2019 at 8:29 pm

Hey, Joanna Williams! Maybe you should refuse PAYMENT for writing about the royal couple. Harry’s mom died because of being hounded by the blood sucking press. Leave them alone and they’ll have nothing to complain about.

Ian Wilson

21st October 2019 at 8:36 pm

Did you pay for Joanna to write about this? Presume not. If you are a UK taxpayer then you did pay for these two idiots to jet around the world and lecture is on how stupid we must be to question climate change.
Therefore they are subject to scrutiny and Joanna isn’t, you have a choice on one but not the other.
Idiot.

Danny Rees

21st October 2019 at 8:51 pm

Agreed.

Patiently Waiting

25th October 2019 at 1:45 am

“H”‘s Mom, Diana, died as a result of her chauffeur being drunk and she was not wearing a seat-belt. And it’s over 20 years ago — “H” should move on: He has a wife and child… and healthy individuals focus on the future. “H” would be surprised to find out that he’s not the only person on Planet Earth who has suffered the loss of a parent at a young age. Meghan, the narcissist, manipulates him via playing on his unhealthy obsession with Diana. They play the Diana-Card every time they behave rudely and/or hypocritically– and then are called out for it. They should leave the BRF altogether, if they can’t do their duties; which they obviously are unable to do in a dignified manner.

Danny Rees

21st October 2019 at 8:49 pm

Yeah leave those poor pampered protected Royals alone.

LOL

Jerry Owen

21st October 2019 at 10:16 pm

We’ll leave them alone when they leave us alone.

Good article .

Ven Oods

23rd October 2019 at 3:01 pm

“Harry’s mom died because of being hounded by the blood sucking press..”
Whereas, I thought it was down to the chauffeur being pissed on duty.

jessica christon

21st October 2019 at 8:13 pm

Not sure if I want to see this!

Geoff Cox

21st October 2019 at 7:08 pm

Anyone who calls their child Archie Harrison deserves all the ridicule they get – especially if they are in the royal family who should be made of much more conservative stuff.

Jim Lawrie

21st October 2019 at 8:03 pm

” Look like th’ innocent flower
But be the serpent under ‘t.”

Michael Lynch

21st October 2019 at 9:37 pm

Old Shaky knew a thing or two about life. There really is nothing new under the sun.

Danny Rees

21st October 2019 at 8:50 pm

That’s nothing. I would call my child Kinzie Kensington.

Dominic Straiton

21st October 2019 at 6:42 pm

Millenial monarchy is doomed. Hello president for life Bercow. Lord protector and war.

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