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    Meghan and Harry Hounded by Brit Press

    Black Britons Know Why Meghan Markle Wants Out

    It’s the racism.
    By Afua Hirsch (NYTimes)
    Ms. Hirsch is the author of “Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging.”

    Credit...Samir Hussein/WireImage, via Getty Images

    The British press has succeeded in its apparent project of hounding Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, out of Britain. The part it perhaps didn’t bargain for, however, is the loss of Prince Harry — a much loved Royal and a key part of the family’s global brand — along with her.
    In a statement released this week, the couple said they want to “carve out a progressive new role” within the royal family and will “step back as ‘senior’ members, and work to become financially independent.”

    The British press reacted with surprise at the “shock move abroad,” described variously as “seismic,” “selfish,” “rogue” and “an atrocious lapse of judgment.
    If the media paid more attention to Britain’s communities of color, perhaps it would find the announcement far less surprising. With a new prime minister whose track record includes overtly racist statements, some of which would make even Donald Trump blush, a Brexit project linked to native nationalism and a desire to rid Britain of large numbers of immigrants, and an ever thickening loom of imperial nostalgia, many of us are also thinking about moving.

    From the very first headline about her being “(almost) straight outta Compton” and having “exotic” DNA, the racist treatment of Meghan has been impossible to ignore. Princess Michael of Kent wore an overtly racist brooch in the duchess’s company. A BBC host compared the couple’s newborn baby to a chimpanzee. Then there was the sublimely ludicrous suggestion that Meghan’s avocado consumption is responsible for mass murder, while her charity cookbook was portrayed as somehow helping terrorists.

    Those who claim frequent attacks against the duchess have nothing to do with her race have a hard time explaining these attempts to link her with particularly racialized forms of crime — terrorism and gang activity — as well as the fact that she has been most venomously attacked for acts that attracted praise when other royals did them. Her decision to guest-edit British Vogue, for example, was roundly condemned by large parts of the British media, in stark contrast to Prince Charles’s two-time guest editorship of Country Life magazine, Prince Harry’s of a BBC program and Kate Middleton’s at Huffington Post, all of which were quietly praised at the time.

    Her treatment has proved what many of us have always known: No matter how beautiful you are, whom you marry, what palaces you occupy, charities you support, how faithful you are, how much money you accumulate or what good deeds you perform, in this society racism will still follow you.

    In Britain’s rigid class society, there is still a deep correlation between privilege and race. The relatively few people of color — and even fewer if you count only those who have African heritage — who rise to prominent success and prosperity in Britain are often told we should be “grateful” or told to leave if we don’t like it here.

    The legacy of Britain’s history of empire — a global construct based on a doctrine of white supremacy — its pioneering role in the slave trade and ideologies of racism that enabled it, and policies of recruiting people from the Caribbean and Africa into low-paid work and then discriminating against them in education and housing, is with us today: The scandal surrounding the wrongful deportation of black British people in recent years is still reverberating.

    Meghan’s decision to join the family that is the symbolic heart of the establishment responsible for this troubled history was perplexing to many black British people, as we wondered whether she fully appreciated the institution she had entered.

    Both she and Harry appear to have gained crystal clear vision as to their reality. It’s no wonder the couple want to leave and — as the coded statement that they want to raise their son Archie “with the space to focus on the next chapter” seems to suggest — protect him from the bile to which they’ve been exposed.

    The British press, having attacked the couple continuously, now reacts with shock at this move. But the clues have been there for some time for anyone willing to read them.
    There was the decision not to give Archie a title from birth — something that is expected among royal children of this rank but which Meghan and Harry appear to have chosen to avoid. Then there were the rumors last spring that they might relocate to a country in southern Africa.

    In recent months, the couple have begun bypassing official royal channels and communicating with the press directly — most notably when the Duchess said in a television documentary that she found adjusting to royal life “hard,” and Harry revealed that the tragic experience of the death of his mother, Princess Diana, made him want to “protect” his wife and family.
    All were signs that the couple would not abide by royal business as usual, to the extent that even announcing this decision to step down from their roles as senior royals appears to have taken Buckingham Palace by surprise.

    I am not at all surprised. This was the bitter shadow of their sunny May 2018 wedding. How many of us suspected — hoping but doubting we were wrong — that what would really initiate Meghan into her new role as a Briton with African heritage would be her experience of British racism. And ironically, by taking matters into their own hands, Harry and Meghan’s act of leaving — two fingers up at the racism of the British establishment — might be the most meaningful act of royal leadership I’m ever likely to see.
    Last edited by harrymsmarkle; 01-10-2020 at 05:30 PM.
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    Where are those lone assassins when ya need 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
    Where are those lone assassins when ya need 'em.

    Well, there's one in the White House...give him a call...
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    Really, who cares?
    Democratic Socialism sounds benign. It’s not. It’s built on Marxism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Really, who cares?
    I imagine anyone who replies to this thread...
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    The sooner that bitch is gone the better

    Why sully the blood lines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Tinkles View Post
    The sooner that bitch is gone the better

    Why sully the blood lines?
    Too late for that, I'm up: a royal marriage to a Shinawatra for a little extra income...
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    ...more on Harry:

    Prince Harry’s Royal Resignation Bruises Britain Ahead of Brexit
    By Tim Ross
    January 10, 2020, 11:25 PM GMT+7

    • Monarchy has helped keep stability over three turbulent years
    • Royal family gives economic and diplomatic benefits to U.K.

    Memorabilia featuring Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is displayed for sale near Buckingham Palace in London. Photographer: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

    At lunchtime on Thursday, the bells of Westminster Abbey rang out in the wintry sunshine, filling the blue sky above the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames with joyful sound. It was a deeply British moment: the nation’s most famous church celebrating the 38th birthday of Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William, who will one day become King.

    But amid the pageantry, the royal family was reeling from another crisis. Hours earlier, William’s younger brother, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, had dropped a bombshell, announcing -- without warning -- they are quitting their roles as senior royals to spend more time in North America. They want to become financially independent and “carve out” a “progressive new role.”

    For a country obsessed with its history of kings and queens, it was a shocking and confusing development. Harry is the most famous member of the royal family and second-most popular after his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, according to YouGov research.

    His exit raises questions over the place of the monarchy in British public life and its ability to keep pace with a country undergoing the revolutionary changes unleashed by Brexit.
    Since the U.K. voted to leave the European Union in 2016, its politics have been pitched into disarray, with angry adversaries lining up to attack each other from both sides of the toxic Brexit debate.
    As Parliament collapsed into chaos and the governments of David Cameron and Theresa May fell apart, the monarchy provided a rare point of stability, as well as a welcome distraction. In May 2018, the nation delighted in the marriage of Harry to Meghan, and then a year later the birth of their son, Archie.


    The entire British establishment is geared toward protecting the monarchy from political controversy and keeping the queen above the fray. Any misjudgment could set in train events that would threaten its very existence.

    But the royal family matters deeply for British politics, too. As head of state, the queen occupies a vital part of the constitution, signing bills into law, convening Parliament and appointing prime ministers. She is also Britain’s most effective diplomat, receiving visits from dignitaries to her palaces and castles and undertaking overseas trips to strengthen relations with allies.

    When the U.K. ends its 45-year alliance with the countries of the EU on Jan. 31, it will need its royals to work overtime to win new friends. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made clear he will open trade negotiations with other countries as soon Brexit is delivered, including with the U.S.

    President Donald Trump has enjoyed several tours to Britain, including a full state visit last June when he dined with the queen at Buckingham Palace.

    Tourist Attraction

    The royals have significant economic influence, too. An estimated 2.7 million visitors a year come to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, the queen’s residences, while a 2017 report by Brand Finance valued the monarchy’s contribution to the economy at 1.8 billion pounds ($2.4 billion) a year.

    “The young royals are an extension of British soft power, acting as one of the biggest pull factors for tourists visiting this country,” Brand Finance CEO David Haigh said.

    Johnson will also need a stable monarchy to keep the U.K. together. Brexit tensions have revived the movement toward Scottish independence. While last month’s general election brought some parliamentary stability in London, it widened the political divide between England and Scotland.

    As former Prime Minister David Cameron once infamously revealed, the queen herself had been preoccupied with the first referendum on Scotland’s independence in 2014 and “purred” on the phone when he told her the country had voted to remain part of the U.K.

    When her reign finally ends, the question will be whether the rest of the family can retain the levels of support she enjoyed in her time as a constant presence in the nation’s affairs.

    The Royal Family watch the Trooping The Colour, in London, in June 2019.
    Photographer: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

    As a young prince, who won public affection and sympathy after his mother Princess Diana died when he was a child, Harry could have helped.
    In his wilder youth, he was frequently in the headlines for the wrong reasons. He was photographed wearing a Nazi uniform, and on another occasion naked pictures leaked of him playing strip billiards in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2012.

    Military Service

    Yet as a former soldier who served in Afghanistan, he’s hugely popular and has a natural touch with the public that’s been likened to that of his mother.

    In the short term, his highly contentious decision looks unlikely to win Prince Harry the peace he craves. The bitter row with other members of the royal family is set to include a wrangle over how far he and his wife should get taxpayer-funded security, a bill likely to rise if they spend more time overseas. Media attention is now more intense than ever.

    For the royal family, the loss of such a modern prince who can connect with younger generations is a blow to the institution’s image ahead of some momentous tests.

    Queen Elizabeth, 93, has been on the throne for 67 years, while her husband, Prince Philip, has struggled with his own poor health in recent years.

    The queen is loved by the public, described by fans as “admirable, hard working, respected, dignified and dedicated.”
    But at 71, her heir Prince Charles is already facing a battle to win over the support of the public. He ranks seventh on the YouGov list, while his second wife, Camilla, is 10th. Just 30% of respondents gave her a positive rating.

    In November, Charles’s brother Prince Andrew was forced to announce he will be stepping back from public life after he became embroiled in the Jeffrey Epstein pedophile scandal.

    U.K.’s Prince Andrew Quits Public Role After Epstein Outcry

    The government has secret plans which will be put into action in the days after the queen dies. A report in the Guardian newspaper 2017 explained the nature of officials’ concerns: “The queen is approaching the end of her reign at a time of maximum disquiet about Britain’s place in the world,” it said.

    For senior members of the royal family, the bells will continue to ring out to wish them a happy birthday. As Prince Harry turns his back on all the pomp, the risk for the monarchy and the stability of the British state is the public might follow his lead.

    Last edited by harrymsmarkle; 01-11-2020 at 06:38 AM.
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    Strange stuff for which I have no inclination to give a fcuk. More evidence that England has a ghastly civil culture.
    I visited TC a few times as a guest but had to stop. It is a sickening place. - Aging One

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    Quote Originally Posted by lamphun View Post
    More evidence that England has a ghastly civil culture.
    ...and it's not alone...
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