Megxit was not driven by racism

Why are liberals so determined to turn the princess into a victim?

Tom Slater

Tom Slater
Deputy Editor

Topics Politics UK

First they said Brexit was caused by racism. Now they’re saying Megxit was caused by racism.

By ‘they’, I mean the liberal-left commentariat, the people who hate Brexit, hate ordinary people, and have for some reason grown to love our departing royals, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

This past 24 hours they have closed ranks around the couple – who announced yesterday that they plan to keep their royal titles (and most of their royal income) but leave behind their royal duties – like some woke version of the Queen’s Guard.

They have chastised anyone outraged by the staggering entitlement shown by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have essentially said that they want the status but none of the responsibilities of monarchy. They insist that the poor couple have been driven out by racism.

British author Afua Hirsch, writing in the New York Times, decries the ‘racist treatment of Meghan’ in the press. She says it is hardly a surprise that Markle has walked away from a nation with a prime minister ‘whose track record includes overtly racist statements’ and a ‘Brexit project linked to native nationalism’.

Of course, Boris Johnson has no such track record and the only people linking Brexit to native nationalism are elitist upper-crust Remainers like Hirsch. But no matter. Why let reality spoil the narrative?

These claims made about the ‘racist’ treatment of Meghan at the hands of the British press are incredibly thin. The same non-examples are just recycled over and over again. You’ve probably seen them quoted (out of context) a thousand times.

There’s that Mail piece from 2016, when Harry and Meghan were first dating, that said she was ‘(almost) straight outta Compton’ – at the time Markle’s mother lived in nearby Crenshaw, LA. Hirsch says this was an attempt to link Meghan with ‘racialised forms of crime’, ie gangs.

That’s one hell of a reach. The piece was clearly just playing on the difference in Harry and Meghan’s social backgrounds. If Harry had been dating a white working-class woman from Moss Side, I dare say the Mail would have done something similarly silly.

Another favourite is that weird throwaway line Rachel Johnson wrote, in a laudatory piece on Markle, about the mixed-race American actress bringing some ‘rich and exotic DNA’ to the pale Windsor bloodline. That’s more cringey than racist.

Several pieces have even cited a single phrase in a Sarah Vine column – she said she had a ‘niggling worry’ about the royal couple’s engagement photo – as a bigoted dog whistle. Which is, quite frankly, mental. Such is the lack of actual examples of the press being racist about Meghan.

The only leg this argument has left to stand on is that the sheer volume of criticism sent Meghan’s way was disproportionate. Racism is the only explanation for it. It’s an argument that has the advantage of being based purely on unverifiable speculation and imputing motives. But it’s also, obviously, bollocks.

When the couple first got together the coverage was pretty much gushing across the board. It was only when Meghan and Harry started on their various virtue-signalling crusades – like jetting around to lecture on climate change – that people’s backs went up.

That the couple had already been beefing with the press probably didn’t help either. In 2016, way before Meghan became such a key figure in our culture wars, Harry issued a remarkable statement rebuking journalists for the ‘racial undertones’ of their pieces.

That these privileged royals, kept in the lap of luxury at taxpayers’ expense, began to develop a deep-seated victim complex only deepened the resentment towards them. Last year, Meghan told ITV that public life was a ‘struggle’, and that she was shocked that ‘not many people have asked if I’m okay’. Poor princess.

This picture of privilege is who the liberal-left has spent the best part of three years defending. Even supposed republicans have – after a bit of anti-royal throat-clearing – defended Harry and Meghan to the hilt and helped construct this absurd narrative that they are the victims of establishment racism.

But this says far more about the prejudices of liberal-left commentators than it does about the tabloid press. That they routinely situate Meghan’s supposed mistreatment in Brexit Britain is no coincidence. They think of Britain as a foul place, full of foul people, brainwashed by foul newspapers to hate the wonderful Duchess of Sussex and the obviously brilliant European Union.

What the liberal elite’s severe case of Meghan-mania has shown us is that, for all their posturing against right-wingers, monarchy and the old aristocracy, they’re completely comfortable with the plebs being led and instructed and hectored by our betters.

They would just rather it was woke people doing it, like Harry and Meghan.

Tom Slater is deputy editor at spiked. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Slater_

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Skeptic 1972

16th January 2020 at 7:59 am

When I ask myself, “who is a true victim of racism in this world?”, my first thought is, “a multi-millionaire member of the royal family”.

Courtney Toms

15th January 2020 at 8:53 pm

I do not doubt MM experienced some racism especially from the press and in chat rooms. However, if one has not had another person’s experience in life, it IS hard to relate at a deep level. Most in the RF are not biracial nor have they suffered economic struggle or experienced life as a working actress who needed to shed husband 1 to get on with her career. These gulfs are not racial.
Nor could/would the Queen reach out to MM enough, given the Queen’s own children lacked enough personal nurture from her due to the demand of her queenly duties. Kate couldn’t or wouldn’t do enough for MM given she has her hands full with three children and her own duties. Also, if MM was suffering postpartum depression, that alone would color others’ slights (real or imagined). Few have written about the struggles many biracial children have fitting in even in their earliest school years, and in MM’s case, her siblings were fully Caucasian and part of a dominant race with MM’s mother having broken up their father’s marriage to their mother (along with his help). She was likely looked down on by them and received their anger because she displaced them in their father’s affections. I find it interesting that the bulk of MM’s friends and her first husband were/are Caucasian, with the exception of a few celebrity African-Americans and Brits of African heritage. That focus suggests a desire to thrive in the dominant culture (which is changing). I find it interesting that not only were her half siblings not invited to her wedding but neither were her mother’s people. Why not? (Was she the one being racist and or feeling superior economically then?)
The Queen and Prince Charles should not spend months in self-recrimination. It is obvious they bent over backwards, but not to her as THE crown princess. I can see that the press’s focus from the engagement through the birth of Archie may have given both Harry and her hope that they indeed would have equal status with William and Kate. After all the press labeled them as The Fabulous Four. And for a moment they were grabbing more headlines than Kate and Will. Not unexpected, for Harry is loved, and she is glamorous.

But if the Queen, or Prince Charles, or Prince Williams, and/or some courtiers told them they now needed to step back some and quit grabbing the headlines from the heirs, it was not due to racism.
It was due to primogeniture. Edward and Andrew had had to cope with being other than the heir, and I don’t believe they were ever given as huge a state trip abroad as MM and Harry were in Australia.
Being told to “know your place” in the RF was not equivalent to Jim Crow laws telling African American to know their place.
It is easy though, for one insecure about his/her place in the RF to construe these words as such.
But that belief is fallacious and doesn’t describe the reality at all.

jan mozelewski

15th January 2020 at 9:27 pm

Meghan Markle was, according to most reports, her father’s favourite and doted on. Before she ghosted him for speaking to the press…oh the irony from the SussexRoyal (dot,com).
She didn’t brand herself as black until it suited her to do so. It didn’t suit her during the TV career and not many people knew about her background at all until well into the engagement to Harry Windsor.
You see in Woke America and celeb liberal circles.what is really really unfashionable is being White working class. They became an embarrassment. Now having black genes is very much the opposite. It was a sure fire way to big-up her appeal to Celebs like Oprah and the Obamas. Being largely white from an ordinary background would have had the whiff of ‘trailer trash’ about it whereas embracing her blackness gave her a point of difference. It wasn’t a disadvantage AT ALL with the young generation she set out to appeal to.
Hence she edited out her unfortunately white relatives and so the only family at her wedding was her black mother. The image was complete and the message clear.

Lloyd Reid

12th January 2020 at 9:21 pm

Can you please remove that smarmy woman’s photo so I don’t have to see it every time I log on to your website. An airhead who married abover her station to a man whoes brain went to his trousers.

Fred Shred

18th January 2020 at 12:44 pm

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Tinfoil Hat

12th January 2020 at 5:36 pm

All they want is a Soft Megxit not a Hard Tory Megxit. They just want a Canada plus plus plus with tiaras on.

jan mozelewski

12th January 2020 at 6:35 pm

Very good, lol.

Paul Carlin

12th January 2020 at 1:56 pm

There must be something in being Professionally Black. Is it money, deep hatred or just an enhanced sense of victimhood? Whatever it is, it’s clearly profitable; all of the more-than-whiteish MPs in the House rely on it to justify most of their grievances.

jan mozelewski

13th January 2020 at 12:23 pm

I am reading more and more evidence of this pair associating with the Clintons and Obamas. That is a clear political stance and we have ‘Democrat’ politics from America obviously influencing things. Wokeness, identity politics, entitlement, ‘charitable foundations’. It stinks.
The point is this has gone way beyond being a family matter or a Royal Family matter. It is a matter for the country as a whole and outside interference from a foreign power. (something the globalists in the US have form for…I remember Obama and Hilary Clinton trying it on over Brexit. I wonder if this is their revenge on the UK for disobeying?
Anyway, the point is this is beyond the powers of the Windsors and their courtiers to resolve. The whole thing is an affront to taxpayers of our county. Like it or not the Queen represents the UK as our Head of State. The Government we have elected needs to by involved. I am sure many people feel the same and expect no less. No private horse-trading with public money. If a deal is done with this pair I am going Republican.

Marvin Jones

12th January 2020 at 1:20 pm

This is all about racism. Has no one noticed the change in the human race in the last 25 years, where because of these phoney rights that have been created for every Tom, Dick and Abdul, the settlers who have chosen to live in this country, is now offended with the culture, rules and civilised manners of the “WHITE” people. Through sheer numbers, they have achieved great powers and subservience to their demands. This situation with the Royals is a lot more serious than it seems. Something has been said by someone that has been taken as extremely offensive by Meghan, hence the fleeing to Canada instead of being present at Monday’s crucial Royal meeting. This results in “No white people are going to order me around, no matter who” to the protocols and rules of the WHITE ROYAL SYSTEM!

Neil McCaughan

12th January 2020 at 12:47 pm

“British author Afua Hirsch”

Nothing remotely British about the hate-filled bladder of entitlement.

Marvin Jones

12th January 2020 at 1:04 pm

Only in England can someone so ignorant be applauded as an academic. Like 99% of black people, all they see and observe is racism. Look at the black politicians like Lammy, Abbutt, Porter, etc, all they ever spout from their privileged positions is racism. Trevor Phillips is one rare black person that seems to see the bigger picture. Positive discrimination is destroying nations.

David Porter

12th January 2020 at 9:31 am

H&M leaving the Firm shows that leaving is possible.

Australia will likely follow sooner rather than later. Once the Queen, bless her for her life of duty, dies then there’s not much tying Australia to the Crown. The remaining Royals are words and photos in gossip magazines and of no discernable value.

Christopher Tyson

12th January 2020 at 9:26 am

I won’t name names but quite a few black supposed radicals have been honoured by the Queen in the last few years. Afua Hirsch was in the special guest commentator on the TV coverage of Harry and Meghan’s wedding, so fingers crossed Afua. So many honoured by the establishment for fighting racism in our supposedly racist society, go figure. Hirsch from South London (the posh bit), Oxford University and invited to comment on big Royal occasions and to comment in the New York Times and to speak on behalf of Britain’s ‘communities of colour’, (I’ve met anyone who uses phrases like that). There is new class of black academics, commentators and politicians who owe their status and careers and material for their PhD theses to racism. Within the white liberal circles in which they moves the more they shout ‘racism’ the more they are rewarded. They are alienated from there own fantasy of ‘communities of colour’, a world they left behind when they set off for Oxbridge, or which they never belonged to, the rough black kids thought that they were posh and stuck up, and their parents didn’t let them out to play with the scary kids in the neighbourhood. But to white middle class liberals their black skin is a symbol of toughness and authenticity, of coming from the street.

Christopher Tyson

12th January 2020 at 9:18 am

So Britain is endemically racist, and yet so many black people are desperate to come here and most who are here want to stay here. My parents came from the Caribbean in the 1950s, I’ve heard the age old immigrant story so many times; they spent all their money to get here, they hated it, and didn’t have any money to go back home, before you knew it 20 years had gone by. Today we have the internet, social media, relatively cheap travel, people know what they are coming to. It’s a sentiment that some of us will recognise as having painful connotations, but I can’t help thinking that if you hate this country so much, maybe you should go and live somewhere else. If Britain is so racist, why go on about it? Who are you complaining to? The victims already know and the racists don’t care.

Marvin Jones

12th January 2020 at 1:28 pm

The benefits, protections, human rights, liberal lefty blanket of life’s provisions are not available in the lands they hail from.

Jim Lawrie

12th January 2020 at 2:55 pm

The cost of going back was less than 4 weeks wages, and fell continuously throughout the 50’s and 60’s. Had they wanted to they could have returned. Making out they stayed here against their will is all part of the victimology.

Christopher Tyson

12th January 2020 at 4:17 pm

Perhaps you didn’t notice the irony in my comment, you know, ‘before you know it 20 years have gone’, was an affectionate joke against my parents’ generation. I think you will find this ambiguity in any immigrant community. ‘Victimology’? No.

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12th January 2020 at 4:56 pm

No Neil. She’s looking for direct access to sate benefits without the middleman.

J Chilton

11th January 2020 at 4:30 pm

By the end of next week, the persecuted pair will have “stepped back in” and all the fuss will be attributed to a “misunderstanding”

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Bella Donna

11th January 2020 at 2:06 pm

Typical greedy socialists wanting their cake and eating it without working for it!

Jonnie Henly

11th January 2020 at 3:21 pm

You think they’re socialists?

Oh dear.

Michael Lynch

11th January 2020 at 4:22 pm

She was being ironic you dope.

Jonnie Henly

11th January 2020 at 4:43 pm

Whatever you say Michael!

Hugh Oxford

11th January 2020 at 1:05 pm

I have always joked that the logical destination of the trajectory that Megry were on was to become fully paid up anti-Monarchists.

I actually understand the nightmare that it must be to be a Royal: no peace, no privacy, no self determination. Boredom, routine. It’s a true vocation in the sense that has been almost totally lost. I don’t think it can or should be expected of anyone who happens to be born a royal.

But that isn’t what’s happening here. A woman chose to become a Royal. The commonwealth and the Monarchy responded with the full song and dance of a royal wedding and all the rest of the trimmings. She now has the title, the publicity, the brand.

Those perks come with the territory. The territory being opening shopping centres in Barnsley, tedious tours of godforsaken places, quietly listening. Showing Christian devotion and service.

If they want to do this, then fine. But they can’t use the term “royal”, or their titles, or public money, or live in royal properties. They can’t use the royal brand, which actually belongs to the nation, for personal aggrandisement, media celebrity and political proselytising. Some small golden handshake should be granted, and then they can become Mr and Mrs Harry and Meghan Windsor.

There seems to be a profound dishonesty here. On one hand they claim to be retreating from public life. On the other they are launching their own brand, committing to “progressive causes”. Which is it?

It stinks. If the argument is that they are fed up with the press and the attention and that is damaging their lives and their “mental health”, why would they then go on to launch “”, committing to a “progressive role”? That’s going to garner far more negative media attention that opening bridges and visiting hospices. It doesn’t add up.

If they really wanted to step back from public life, few people would have a problem with that. But they don’t. That’s the problem.

Why don’t Kate and Wills seem to have these problems? Could the real cause be nothing to do with the cruel press and everything to do with the unwillingness to do the actual job of being a Royal.

The litmus test will be if they use their Royal status to politically proselytise or make money. If so, then they need to be stripped of those titles.

One more observation.

The tendency is to compare Meghan with Diana, for obvious reasons. But in fact, it’s much more legitimate to compare her to Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Firstly, age. Meghan is twice the age that Diana was when she got married. She’s closer to Camilla’s age when she married Charles. Secondly, she’s already been married, she’s been around the block, she’s had a career, she’s been a celebrity. She’s actually older than Harry.

You could make excuses for Diana: she was young, naive, credulous, unworldly. You can’t say that for Meghan. She could have and should have known what Royalty involved. Camilla did. Camilla has been a dutiful companion, she hasn’t used the monarchy as a soapbox or complained about it.

Fred Shred

18th January 2020 at 12:52 pm

Exactly. Very cynical stuff. Nobody forced her to join the royal club. She’s a smart woman; she knew well what the job required. Now she sees bigger coin elsewhere. In that, she like the trumpers in that they all see institutions of state as a mere vehicle to be used for personal branding purposes. Very cynical stuff. Victim me arse.


11th January 2020 at 12:11 pm

“Why are liberals so determined to turn the princess into a victim?”

Because they cannot turn down any opportunity to reinforce their belief that we are all racist scum and not worth saving. They don’t care about her, or anything. All they want to do is put ordinary people down.

Bella Donna

11th January 2020 at 2:22 pm

Only the Left can weaponise skin colour! They do it when they haven’t anything interesting to add.

Marvin Jones

12th January 2020 at 1:33 pm

They do it because it is the ultimate weapon they can use, and any reasonable answer is racist. It is also the one and only topic that their brains have absorbed since birth.

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Filbert Flange

11th January 2020 at 2:49 am

It’s business. H&M see a big old bucket of cash just hanging there, and like all that inbred pack of gangsters, they will trample their own children to get their mitts on it. Their mistake will be not kicking up a big enough taste for the boss. Then it all ends.

Cathal Barry

11th January 2020 at 12:33 am

The “Racist” cry is as ever an attempt to shield from criticism that which is rightly deserved of such.


10th January 2020 at 9:35 pm

Hazza is Poland 1939 to Megan’s Hitlerian war machine. In fact, she’s worse than Hitler and Stalin combined!


10th January 2020 at 8:38 pm

If Hazza and Me-Gain bring down the monarchy then they will have done us all a massive favour. Modern democracies have written constitutions and elected heads of state; the UK has no written constitution or bill of rights and a royal family that continually leverages its financial interests off its position.

Ven Oods

11th January 2020 at 9:02 am

“the UK has no written constitution or bill of rights”
And yet, people are prepared to risk death trying to get here from France (which probably has both of those things?)

Marvin Jones

12th January 2020 at 1:37 pm

AND! members of a European cabal, with the ECHR as their most important Maxim, but is ignored and discarded when inconvenient.

jan mozelewski

11th January 2020 at 11:33 am

Because these things are not ‘written down’ doesn’t mean they don’t exist. But it does mean they can adapt.
In France we are saddled with Everything being written down. It is continually getting more complicated and less relevant because it isn’t flexible. Lots of difficulties because of it. Hence the President ordering the police to fire tear gas grenades at protesters…which maim and kill. That is the French Head of State. He represents and embodies France. Ponder that for a moment.
i find it ironic that the people who are using this to push for a Republic and a President instead of a Monarch are very much the same sort of people who have raged against one President Trump and carried placards saying ‘not in my name’.


11th January 2020 at 5:33 pm

Jan – there are many different republican models. The German and Finnish versions have been highly successful since 1945. The US has far stronger local democracy than the UK (as does France). The Swiss model of republicanism and localised government has worked well for centuries. The US affords far greater personal freedom than the UK: it is a vast country, underpopulated for its size, and if it doesn’t work out for you in one state, you can move to another. The Americans also have a far more positive attitude than the defeatist Brits… A republic is still the optimal possible system of government.

jan mozelewski

11th January 2020 at 7:47 pm

Zen…I accept it would be lovely if local democracy in France DID work. The theroy is excellent and it works some of the time for some people. However, the local mayoral/communal system in France is absolutely riddled with corruption. Local towns …ones where the local mayor has a brother who is an ‘architect’ for example….are wastelands of failed projects, crumbling pavements (said brother got the wrong stone for local Normandy conditions) and empty shops. The mayor in question stays in power because he literally buys votes…by giving jobs to people in return. Which is why I frequently see gangs of blokes , a dozen or more, doing a job on the roads that one man and a van would do in the UK. The joke here is that you need one man to stand around puffing on a fag, another to lean on a shovel, and another to chat to passers by before you even start thinking about the men needed to actually do the job. It doesn’t work. I so wish it did, I really do. But human nature being what it is it f*uks it up for everyone.

Michael Lynch

10th January 2020 at 8:35 pm

Meghan and Harry have hardly handled this with careful consideration. It’s very petulant, naive and ill advised behavior. They are therefore bound to continue going from one disaster after another and they’ll run out of excuses in the end. The free press are going to have a field day with them from now on.

Jim Lawrie

10th January 2020 at 10:36 pm

I reckon she is gunning for American domicile with a view to a better divorce settlement.

Michael Lynch

11th January 2020 at 12:00 am

You can betcha bottom dollar on that. I gave her the benefit of the doubt at first but now know her for what she really is – a ‘B’ list grifter. Poor old Harry, it’s a tough thing to learn this painful lesson in life in private let alone in full public glare. It’s just a matter of time and I’ll wager if he doesn’t go back to Canada with the goods then he’ll be given his marching orders.

Ven Oods

11th January 2020 at 9:05 am

They’ll have fun in Canada. Harry can don his Nazi uniform, Justin can go black-face, and Megz can do a convincing Suits character. What’s not to like?

Jim Lawrie

11th January 2020 at 11:29 am

Michael for her type getting married is something you have to do before you can get divorced.

Two things tell me she will lose. The MSM and liberal elite, accused of the racism that they so freely level at others, have circled the wagons. They’ll soon be on the offensive, and given that it is their job to make it, they will not be short of ammunition. Plus, she has made the fatal mistake of hiding.

I’d expect the intra-government meeting s will consist of “right, what have we got on the beech?”

Bella Donna

11th January 2020 at 2:25 pm

That’s a real possibility. I’m hoping these few days with his family, well away from her influence will help get his head around what he has done!

jan mozelewski

11th January 2020 at 11:21 am

It reminds me of what the lift man said:…..Be careful how you treat people on the way up, because you will see them again on the way down. All i see with this Markle woman is a trail of destruction as she ghosts and abandons people on her way up. The Royal family have bent over backwards to accommodate her…breaking old protocols to allow her to marry in church etc etc This woman had the Prince of Wales walk her down the aisle!! But the higher she flies the bigger and more powerful the enemies she makes….just waiting to redress the balance. If she thinks she can treat Harry’s family like she has treated her own she actually has zero idea of the consequences.

Bella Donna

11th January 2020 at 2:11 pm

I agree and they fully deserve all the acrimony they will get! They have ditched responsibility and duty for a life of celebrity status in an other country. I couldn’t care less if we never hear from those two again. Harry has proved to be a weak malleable idiot! He’s dropped his friends, his family and now his country!


11th January 2020 at 8:13 pm

‘Hazza, you’re a disgrace to your regiment, your country, your family and, worst of all, yourself’.

Leon Kershaw

10th January 2020 at 7:29 pm

I’ve no interest at all in what ‘race’ she is, no interest in her or her husband’s privileged lives & have had quite enough of their names being plastered all over the media. If they moved away to Canada or elsewhere I for one will be greatly relieved.

Filbert Flange

11th January 2020 at 2:37 am

Fine, it’s a big country, and if I avoid the presstitutes eventually I’ll forget they’re here. Just please, for the sake of the children, don’t sent comrade Corbyn over here too!

Chris Causey

10th January 2020 at 7:28 pm

I have been told Meghan posted something about being a strong woman on her social media after the event. I wouldn’t personally say that running away to another continent and leaving your husband (a man apparently) to pick up the pieces is a sign of being a strong woman. But that’s modern feminism for you.
I’ve never really understood the the race thing. I never even noticed it when she was acting. I thought she was white. Well she’s hardly Kunta Kinte.

Marvin Jones

12th January 2020 at 1:43 pm

It’s in the genes and the blood. ” The whole world is racist” is the extent of her intellect. Him too. The limits of their knowledge about the world and it’s peoples are staggering.

Carl Black

10th January 2020 at 7:25 pm

I actually do not think Meghan and Harry are part of a woke conspiracy at all. I ask you all what would you think of the press if they had hounded your mother to death? IMO both young men have been damaged and still have i. the eldest boy like all elder children sees thing differently. I am the eldest and I had to grow up a bit faster by watching out or my siblings. Thankfully my mother is still alive. Section of the press have continued to attack these young people.
Some elements of the British press do not like Meghan and have made it plain. I was amazed at the number of people who had a visceral hatred of her that I do not understand. Was it race or more hatred of Foreigners?

Sure Meghan and harry made a few woke comments but name me two public figures who have never made ill-advised comments. Her comments are not on the same scale as Our Glorious PM who blabbermouth has kept Zaghari-Ratcliffe in an Iranian Jail for example.

Sadly Spiked seems hell bent on disappearing up its own fundament chasing conspiracies!

Steve Huckle

10th January 2020 at 6:50 pm

Why prejudice the piece right from the get-go with the premise, “By ‘they’, I mean the liberal-left commentariat”? Besides, that’s utter tripe – unless you consider the Times and the Telegraph as part of that supposed lefty liberal elite?

jan mozelewski

11th January 2020 at 10:29 pm

Sorry to burst your bubble but The Times most certainly is.

Steve Huckle

13th January 2020 at 12:46 pm

Of course, it was remiss of me not to include in my list The Sun, The Express and the Daily Mail. Indeed, the day after the Sussex’s announcement, the latter of which dedicated the first 17 pages to the story and its racist overtones. All of those rags lean far to the right, so this article invalidates itself right from the off. Spiked would do well to seek better-informed writing.

Jonathan Yonge

10th January 2020 at 6:47 pm

I am very sorry to say that Meghan has done a big disservice to racial harmony.
You could not imagine a more negative outcome to the first ethnic royalty.

Also a heavy blow to those who support monarchy.
Maybe its those Russians….

Jim Lawrie

10th January 2020 at 6:37 pm

Like her posthumous mother-in-law, she is headed straight for a car crash.

Danny Rees

10th January 2020 at 5:47 pm

Linking Boris Johnson to Meghan Markle leaving Britain is ridiculous.

Boris has said some offensive stuff but that cannot be equated to a rich privileged Duchess of the British Monarchy getting criticism and negative comments from the press.

Linking Meghan Markle getting criticism from the press (which is supposed to call out the rich and powerful) to the experiences of racism and racist abuse ordinary black people and other races may experience is hugely insulting.

Also those progressives who claim black people both in America and Britain relate to Meghan and see her as the answer to racism in white majority countries are talking right out of their arse.

How the fuck can these bellends equate and compare a rich Duchess getting criticism from newspapers with black people facing violence by the police in the USA or with the racist suss laws of the 80s and 90s here in Britain?

How can poor working class BAME people ever relate to a rich privileged woman living a life of luxury and class privilege with all the protections that affords?

It’s just insulting.

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David George

10th January 2020 at 5:31 pm

She doesn’t look black (perhaps she’s had the Michael Jackson treatment), looks more like a Southern European to me. Maybe if she embraced her working class values instead of her woke pretensions she’d be a hell of a lot more likeable or has she got a fear of being seen as “trailer trash” as they say in the US.

Carl Black

10th January 2020 at 7:17 pm

What an Ignorant comment. What does Black look like? Africa has a wider genetic diversity that Europe. I am calling you out as plane ignorant.

Carl Black

10th January 2020 at 7:23 pm

Plain ignorant

Jerry Owen

10th January 2020 at 7:24 pm

You don’t know what black is like peculiar, I suggest a trip to specsavers !

Ven Oods

11th January 2020 at 9:09 am

You wouldn’t be related to Jimmy Carl Black of Mothers of Invention fame, I don’t suppose?

Peter Traynor

10th January 2020 at 5:30 pm

I started reading this website because i thought it offered something genuinely critical of some current trends, and there are some good pieces on for instance the extremes of trans activism. But a lot of it just feels like middle aged men winging about the state of the world. The evidence used to advance the argument in this article is as thin as the evidence it claims to refute, and the continually repeated idea that there is a monolithic left-liberal cabal of about 15 million people who all hold exactly the same views and occupy the same social position is a bit silly. I guess it’s good you’ve got an outlet, but I will go back to reading Standpoint, which expresses a range of views from the left and right. It publishes less frequently, but generally of a higher quality.

Brandy Cluster

10th January 2020 at 6:03 pm

Except that women write on “Spiked” too.

When you’ve got a mainstream, but once-proud and independent, outlet like the New York Times publishing cant, fake news and lies and building up a hate-filled victimhood narrative it’s no wonder people distrust the media. They are activists and antagonists rather than reporters and legitimate commentators.

There is no ‘fair’ and ‘balance’ anymore in the media. People have rushed to their corners and it’s mainly the Left and its institutionalized ideologies which have caused most of the social division. They’re winning all the arguments now and losing all the elections. The extreme Left is off the leash and playing a very dangerous game in trashing our institutions, our historic democracy and dragging into the bull ring everything we’ve always valued and replaced it with nihilism and eco-evangelism. A false god, if ever there was one. Along with its concomitants, equality and diversity. That latter, of course, never involves diversity of thought – merely based on physical traits and possibly the most shallow incarnation of the modern world.

When our children’s bookshops are filled with literature about the joy of sexual and gender diversity and the twin gods of environmentalism and racism we know that this is the first time in human history where decadence and declining values have trumped reality and common sense. And for all this what have we got: human rights quangos, discrimination tribunals, leniency in sentencing and arguably the most violence, aggressive, narcissistic and entitled culture we’ve ever had in the western world in peacetime. The idea that national debts can continue to grow because everybody deserves the same standard of living is the entropic phase of all of this.

Michael Lynch

10th January 2020 at 8:36 pm

Bye then!


10th January 2020 at 8:45 pm

Well said Peter. This website had promise but it appears to be no more than an echo chamber for angry middle-aged white men raging at ‘political correctness gone mad’…

Michael Lynch

10th January 2020 at 9:15 pm

And then you have to come along and spoil it for us!

Claire D

11th January 2020 at 7:41 am

Oh for heaven’s sake Zenobia what nonsense, and so insulting to all the female commenters, including yourself, you are daft sometimes.

jan mozelewski

11th January 2020 at 11:37 am

Oh please. I am a woman. Lots of women on here. Don’t be daft.

Bella Donna

11th January 2020 at 2:27 pm

Really ZP – then you would be so wrong.

Ven Oods

11th January 2020 at 9:12 am

“But a lot of it just feels like middle aged men winging…”
Most middle-aged men content themselves with a whinge. They’re rather too portly to wing.

Ven Oods

11th January 2020 at 9:14 am

I thought the writer was referring to the commentariat. You really think they number in excess of 15 million?

Jerry Owen

11th January 2020 at 1:08 pm

Tragic news indeed .. cheerio!

Jonnie Henly

11th January 2020 at 4:44 pm

” But a lot of it just feels like middle aged men winging about the state of the world”

Ouch. Nail on head, and you can tell from the replies to your comment that it cut a bit too close to home.

Jonnie Henly

10th January 2020 at 5:27 pm

Why do I bother to point out hypocrisy?

Because it is insufferable. Because it exposes Spiked’s arguments for the phoney BS they are. Because it forces other hypocrites (like you) to reveal themselves.

Look, I get it. You can stand it when people critique your beloved authors. We see it all the time, the way you respond to everyone who dissents on here. But no one cares about yoir whining.

No one else has to respect your echo chamber.

Douglas Milnes

10th January 2020 at 4:32 pm

Meghan’s part of some other kind of human? So what, who cares.

Meghan’s a rabid feminist, pushing her damaging ideology across directly at the establishment she has married into? Hell yes, I care, and I hope she gets out of Britain, out of politics and away from influencing the intellectually vulnerable.

Ann Petersen

11th January 2020 at 7:55 pm

We all can feel it when we don’t fit in. Meg didn’t/doesn’t fit in. Not because of race, but because she hasn’t got the intestinal fortitude. She’s a “made for tv” actress.

Allister Burdett

10th January 2020 at 4:31 pm

I’m no expert but this has all the signs of an abusive relationship (isolation from family and friends, securing income streams, engineered conflicts, constant monitoring, using others to suppress). Harry needs help.

George Orwell

10th January 2020 at 4:37 pm

I have some doubts as to the extent to which Harry was able to influence the content or timing of their statement of intent.
Her departure to North America leaving him to deal with his relatives without her input over a matter of joint interest does not bode well.
Crossing fingers that she has not just deserted him and taken Archie with her. Will she be coming back and if so, when?

Margaret Crump

10th January 2020 at 8:02 pm

Harry has married a woman like his mother and Great-great Aunt Wallis. They want the goodies but not the work. They want lots of attention, but only when and if they want it. Meghan has married a man like Great-great Uncle David. His desire for a woman makes a fool of him.


10th January 2020 at 8:41 pm

I totally agree – Hazza is absolutely screwed, poor kid.

Michael Green

11th January 2020 at 1:23 am

I fear you may be dead right.

Bella Donna

11th January 2020 at 2:20 pm

Many people including myself have commented on Harry’s isolation from friends and family and now his own country. The catalyst has been Princess Sparkles who seems to drop a grenade and run for cover not caring about the bodies she leaves behind! Harry is acting like a bloody fool and he will I am sure live to regret the damage he has caused.

Dominic Straiton

10th January 2020 at 4:23 pm

Like Obama and Clive Lewis its almost impossible to be more white a black person than the Duchess of sussex without being albino. The only British people who give a toss for her melanoma levels are the racists on the left . The British people have an ability to sniff out bullshit and the phoney. Its why we are and will remain a free country. Its all going to get a lot better.

Jerry Owen

10th January 2020 at 4:36 pm

Brexit happened and Bojo ( like him or not ) happened. it is clear how the majority think.. they don’t think as they are told.

Dominic Straiton

10th January 2020 at 4:57 pm

What the British despise most and which Americans cannot understand is snobbery.Megan and her husband are snobs. George Cloony is a snob. Woke is snobbery on a grand scale almost unmatched in human history.The Queen is, on the other hand probably the most middle class person ever to have ruled anywhere ever.

Jonnie Henly

10th January 2020 at 5:23 pm

“The Queen is, on the other hand probably the most middle class person ever to have ruled anywhere ever.”

That’s hilarious. And also nonsense.

Jonnie Henly

10th January 2020 at 5:33 pm

“The Queen is, on the other hand probably the most middle class person ever to have ruled anywhere ever.”

That’s hilarious. And also compete BS. Feel free to love the Queen as much as you want, don’t go around pretending she’s something that she isn’t. Especially when you’re going to speak for others in the process.

George Orwell

10th January 2020 at 4:45 pm

Too right, and that is also why our Empire worked for several hundred years and why the Commonwealth could be created. Nasty things happened but for economic reasons rather than racial reasons. The Empire recognised cultural and class differences rather than racial differences such that other races of high culture or class were generally afforded the same consideration as British of the same social type.
The slave trade was an African institution long before the British traders got involved (for commercial rather than military reasons) and the British put an end to it.
I wonder how many of the African diaspora now think they would be better off if they had stayed in Africa and been enslaved to this day by Africans or Arabs.


10th January 2020 at 8:43 pm

‘why our Empire worked for several hundred years’ —

By ‘worked’ do you mean murdered millions in order to satisfy the Mammon-lust of the Anglo-Saxon capitalists? Several million Irish starved to death, millions of Bengalis dead in the 1943 famine, 60,000 dead in British concentration camps in South Africa, genocide of indigenous population of Tasmania…

George Orwell

10th January 2020 at 8:51 pm

Well, stuff happens over a period of several hundred years. Nonetheless, the balance sheet is heavily positive.

Christopher Tyson

10th January 2020 at 9:42 pm

‘I wonder how many of the African diaspora now think they would be better off if they had stayed in Africa and been enslaved to this day by Africans or Arabs.’ I wonder why this pre-occupation with the ‘African diaspora’. Perhaps it is because for you, they are the living embodiment of a history for which, and for what ever reason you feel responsible, and a barbarity that you want to make light of, to your credit you have a conscience, but hey it wasn’t your fault, you weren’t alive then. Racism went hand in hand with slavery, it was the ideological justification, the slavers knew that what they were doing was wrong, they convinced themselves that the Negro slaves were less than human. Ironic that you want to resurrect African History prior to the slave trade and the European scramble for Africa. It was the European Imperialists, and pseudo-scientists who propagated the idea that ‘blacks were swinging in the the trees’, before the Europeans arrived on the continent, certainly not capable of organising sophisticate logistical ventures such as slave trading. It was really Christians such as the Quakers who sought to elevate negro slaves to full personhood in the image of Christ, thereby undermining the ideology of racial inferiority that had sustained the South Atlantic Slave Trade for four hundred years. Perhaps that is why Christianity has been such a constant amongst the ‘African Diaspora’ a debt of gratitude. We who are all to willing to take credit for the end of the slave trade even as we seek to diminish its horror and significance, have ironically also lost our religion, but don’t beat yourself up.

Claire D

11th January 2020 at 7:33 am

@Christopher Tyson

Please, please use paragraphs, you often write interesting comments but they are so difficult and uncomfortable to read. You owe it to yourself to get a handle on this useful aspect of English Grammar.

Marvin Jones

12th January 2020 at 1:52 pm

George, just like anti-Semitism in Corbyn’s momentum germ ridden cabal is so deeply ingrained, there is no way to cure it, so with the African nations inability to distinguish the truth from history.

Ven Oods

11th January 2020 at 9:19 am

I think that would be ‘melanin’, rather than melanoma, Dominic

jan mozelewski

11th January 2020 at 10:32 pm

I dunno. personally I don’t care about her melanoma levels either.

James Knight

10th January 2020 at 4:22 pm

She needs to decide if she wants to be a royal or a celebrity who has no public duties. If the latter, then fine just don’t do it on the public dime. As a celebrity I would not expect the media to be any more friendly. Celebrity entitlement and lecturing does not go down well, as Ricky Gervais reminded us recently.

Marvin Jones

12th January 2020 at 2:09 pm

She does not have the talent for either. As a black persecuted feminist with a massive mentally tormented belief that the world is racist, she cannot get herself to follow the rules and protocols of
the Royal system that happens to be white, and on the other hand, being a B Movie actress is the limits of her talent.

Warren Alexander

10th January 2020 at 4:16 pm

How will the nation ever recover if Mr and Mrs Windsor go and live in North America? It will be a tragedy reminiscent of the time I stubbed my toe.

George Orwell

10th January 2020 at 4:07 pm

She was welcomed into the Royal Family and by the ordinary people of the UK. We all hoped it would work to lance the boil of leftist inspired racism designed to split our ethic minorities from the tolerant majority.
Unfortunately, that has not worked out but the reasons are cultural and personal, not racial.
Sadly, the left will work vigorously to capitalise from it because sowing division for political ends is what they do.

Alan Smith

10th January 2020 at 4:06 pm

It’s crazy. Any criticism of Meghan is treated as being racist. In Wokeland beinng mixed race female and royal still makes you more oppressed than being white working class and male.

david rawson

10th January 2020 at 4:14 pm

Nice one Alan, and agree 100%. The World has gone nuts when we feel sorry for the attention a celebrity actress who then becomes a princess, then jets around the world spouting drivel and whining rather a lot.

Lloyd Reid

10th January 2020 at 3:45 pm

A person who is a poor actress and got above herself with a prince whoes brain went to his trousers.

Eva Prior

10th January 2020 at 3:20 pm


Megxit was partly driven by racism – her own internalised racism. She previously denied her African ancestory by referring to herself as ‘Caucasian’. Her current image (therefore self-identity) is still totally Eurocentric. Unconsciously she thought this self- hatred could be neutralised by behaving as though she was the ‘new Diana’. Unfortunately, her acting skills aren’t very good. So when her attempts were (rightly) called out, she ended up hating herself even more.

Additionally, her marriage doesn’t appear to be based on love of the big benefit claimant but on love of the benefits he claims. She’s as much a greedy gosling as all of the family of biggest benefit claimants that she’s married into. She is now basically trying to secure as much of that big benefits pie as she can for herself. She believes Megxit will enable her to achieve that.

Jonnie Henly

10th January 2020 at 3:03 pm

Piers Morgan calls Meghan Markle an ‘ego-crazed leech’, Eamonn Holmes calls her ‘incredibly irritating’, Brendan O’Neill calls her ‘insufferable’ and the irony meter has exploded.

Jerry Owen

10th January 2020 at 4:43 pm

Do you have a point to make ?
Do you have a counter argument?
Can you add to this site?
Why do you bother coming here, except to compare yourself against the spam, because believe you me the spam is far more informative than you will ever be little boy.

Jonnie Henly

10th January 2020 at 5:30 pm


I think not. They only ever tell you things you already agree with. They exist only to affirm your little echo chamber. You only like it because it affirms your worldview. You have no desire to actually be informed about anything.

If you can’t handle dissenting voices, that’s your problem little Jerry, not mine.

Jerry Owen

11th January 2020 at 1:05 pm

Little Jonnie
What are your in depth thoughts on this artice?

Jonnie Henly

11th January 2020 at 3:20 pm

I’ve already given those Jerry.

Not my fault if you’re too dim to find them.

jan mozelewski

10th January 2020 at 11:39 pm

I daresay, Jonnie, if it’s any consolation, they would say the same about you. And I and many others clearly agree in both cases. So you have something in common with the Duchess. now that IS ironic.

Jonnie Henly

11th January 2020 at 3:14 pm

I’m sure they would.

And the irony meter would explode again.

Jonnie Henly

11th January 2020 at 3:23 pm

“And I and many others clearly agree in both cases”

Oh no! Half a dozen dullards in Spiked’s comment section don’t like me! What will I do?

Dominic Straiton

11th January 2020 at 12:13 am

your little pea brain has never had an original thought that hasnt been pre wrapped for you. The Queen has simple tastes, she has no clue about all the things that obsessed monarchs like George Iv. Her father, would have sorted Brexit three years ago if he was around today. She has chosen her path and its not one of riches and pomposity,Unlike Blair and her absurd grandson. And her husband is not only hilarious he was also mentioned in dispatches at the battle of Matapan when freedom hung in the balance before your dull life was even started.

Jonnie Henly

11th January 2020 at 3:17 pm

Dom, try and make your brown nosing a little more palatable.

“She has chosen her path and its not one of riches and pomposity”

She’s abdicated and renounced her titles? When did that happen?

“And her husband is not only hilarious he was also mentioned in dispatches at the battle of Matapan when freedom hung in the balance”

Yes it’s well known that the royal family were the only people who did any fighting in the war.

Seriously, do you have a point here or you just practising your pitch to be head of PR for the palace? Get a grip.

Jonnie Henly

11th January 2020 at 3:22 pm

Who pre wrapped my thoughts here btw Dom?

Do tell.

Jonnie Henly

10th January 2020 at 2:55 pm

“By ‘they’, I mean the liberal-left commentariat, the people who hate Brexit, hate ordinary people, and have for some reason grown to love our departing royals, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.”

Oh, you mean the people that exist only in your head. Made out of straw.


10th January 2020 at 8:39 pm

I find Brexit and the monarchy equally irrational.

Dominic Straiton

11th January 2020 at 12:23 am

And that in a nutshell is why you lost and will continue to lose. You have no understanding. You assume stupidity of entirely rational decisions. its hilarious to watch. And you lost and your in a tiny minority of the deluded.

Jonnie Henly

11th January 2020 at 3:19 pm

What have I lost?

For once in your little life Dom, stop with the vague platitudes and say something concrete for once.

Precisely which rational decisions am I assuming stupidity of?

Don’t be a coy little bore, spit it out.


11th January 2020 at 8:14 pm

Dominic Straiton — I understand Brexit perfectly and the reasons people voted for it. Unfortunately, those reasons were weak and coloured by a failure to grasp basic economic reality.

Chris Stapleton

10th January 2020 at 2:52 pm

They consider her to be a victim because she is a woman, black (well er, not white), and because they see her as a way of undermining the royal family. That will do, and you can forget about any factual nonsense.

Jerry Owen

10th January 2020 at 1:39 pm

Sarah Vine had a ‘niggling worry’ goodness that word ‘niggling’ surely has racial connotations to it.. ban it! Perhaps it was a bit of unconscious racism coming out there. It is a patronising trait of the left after all.
Markle is mixed race, indeed half caste 50/50 is more accurate although an unfashionable phrase for some odd reason I have not ever had explained.. rather like the word Eskimo.
Perhaps it wasn’t racism that made them decide to leave ( hooray ) but ‘Gingerism’ let’s face it he’s more ginger than she is black.

Walter Sobchak

10th January 2020 at 5:18 pm

When identity trumps every other measure of reality, a princess surrounded by untold wealth, security and luxury is still painted as a victim. The spoon fed narrative that she is a victim because of her ethnicity minus any evidence for such an assertion is symptomatic of the time in which we live. If there were eveidence the woke royalists would have had whoever transgressed in such a manner up before the courts on hate crime charges. That there is no evidence of racism is immaterial, in the world of identity politics having the right cards is all that is required, victimhood should then be assumed. Hopefully this little episode bursts this nonsensical bubble for the public at large, a good lancing of this collective peak wank nonsense is long overdue.

A Marshal

11th January 2020 at 9:28 am

Like NIGel Farage and NIGht and NIGella and NIGhtmare? let’s ban the NIG sequence and have done with it ! Ella Menope: Alphabet Soup and The Hands of Time.


11th January 2020 at 5:34 pm

AAAAaaargh, I’m triggered!

jan mozelewski

12th January 2020 at 6:49 pm

Triggered, Zen? That sounds a bit like…… (channelling Aunt White Adder…..)

Michael Lynch

10th January 2020 at 1:31 pm

I’m sure the Royal Family, particularly the Queen, realizes that relationship between them and the British people has changed dramatically over the last 3 decades. Brought about by the reckless behavior of her own children in the main. We no longer consider ourselves to be their subjects in the traditional sense; instead, it is the people who now consent to their existence. The Royal brand, as it is so called nowadays, therefore belongs to the people and not them. Titles cannot be handed out like candy for individual members of the family to use as they like. They particularly cannot be used to make personal fortunes; those days are long gone. Under no circumstances can Harry and Meghan be allowed to keep them unless they exclusively work for the British people. The Royal family will face an existential crisis if they allow this and expect the British people to pick up the tab.

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