You could say today is Judgement Day for Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke And Duchess of Sussex.
Finding Freedom- the Meghan Markle And Prince Harry book has been released worldwide. The book, Written by ‘Royal Journalists’ Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand reveals claims such as:
- Harry felt like he and Meghan were ‘thrown under the bus’ to protect the royal family
- Meghan felt people wanted her to serve her child “on a silver platter” after Archie was born
- The Sussexes had to let go of Archie’s nanny in the middle of her second shift
- Prince Harry was “delightfully surprised” when Meghan reportedly peed in the wood on their luxury camping trip in Botswana
- Harry was stunned after Meghan’s estranged family gave a series of interviews criticising the duchess
- Meghan had to undergo kidnapping training after an unusually high number of threats
- She fell for Prince Harry after seeing him play with pal Jessica Mulroney’s kids
- The Duchess of Sussex saw Prince Charles as a ‘second father’
I have a lot to say to say on the matter but the truth is, nothing would quite explain it like this person on Tumblr did. Yes, you read right, Tumblr; there’s a great rioyal community there and the views expressed aren’t killed off by newspapers.
The Tumblr person goes on to say:
How convenient that in the days leading up to the publication of Finding Freedom “Good Morning America” has been featuring segments on Harry and Meghan? They want viewers in the USA to know that Prince Harry is speaking out on systemic racism. Omid Scobie is a GMA correspondent and spoke on the program this morning. And in that segment, he said “In terms of ticking those boxes that may ruffle feathers within an ancient institution such as that of the monarchy, she had really ticked all of them.” He added, “Race did play a role.”
Is the narrative not clear enough?
We are supposed to feel sympathy for the plight of these two ultra popular and modern royals. They, especially Meghan, were sorely mistreated and shunned by the British Royal Family. “Racism did play a role,” but because there is apparently no solid proof of such a damning accusation, he goes on to call it “otherism.”
Over the course of this series, I have pointed out some of the inconsistencies and gaps in the account of Sussexit as explained in “their side of the story.” At the end of Part 16, I came to the conclusion that we, the readers, were supposed to remember above all that Meghan was emotionally bruised, that she is the victim. Now that the narrative has been so clearly laid out for us by the co-author, I no longer have to draw conclusions. Allow me to refute it more bluntly.
We are supposed to feel sympathy for the plight of these two ultra popular and modern royals.
When someone accepts a role within an organization, they are expected to adapt to the culture, follow the rules, and competently perform the job for which they are hired. Job descriptions, orientation, and on-the-job training are provided. A chart showing the organizational hierarchy may even be made available. If, during the course of employment, the institution doesn’t agree for their culture to be overhauled at the urging of the newcomer, isn’t willing to change the rules, and expects the employee to carry out the duties corresponding to the hierarchal rank for which they were hired, the fault does not lie with the institution.
Let’s take the workplace analogy further. What if, after a few months with the organization, the new employee realizes that this job wasn’t a good fit? But rather than doing some self-reflection on possible ways they could adjust their attitude or behavior, or rather than deciding to stick it out for a little longer to see if things improve, or rather than maybe just confessing it was a mismatch and quietly resigning, the employee decides to implement a plot leveraging perceived public opinion against the institution. This plot shamefully disrespects others in the organization, all the way to the very top. When the rules still do not bend and the employee is told “No, and actually we think that you are not a good fit for our organization,” the fault does not lie with the employer.
That’s not racism, sexism, or “otherism.” Rather, it’s a lack of courtesy, respect, and responsibility on the part of the employee. “But Bee, you obviously don’t consider her a human.” I absolutely do think of Meghan and Harry as human beings. Nothing I have written indicates otherwise. “Well humans make mistakes. Why don’t you cut them some slack?” Yes, humans make mistakes. How we respond to those mistakes is what matters. Humility is required for self-reflection, growth, and change. Alternatively, we can choose to dig in our heels, never admit our own shortcomings, instead pointing the blame at everyone and everything else, but that’s not the path of success. I tell my children frequently, “Own your mistakes, learn from them, and move forward!”
Now, take note: what I just described (leveraging perceived public opinion against the institution) and what I have expounded on in previous posts is a form of blackmail. And this isn’t any organization. This is the British Monarchy. This is also a family business. The documentary filmed in South Africa saw Meghan and Harry both speak negatively of Harry’s family in front of cameras. For example, Meghan said, “Not many people have asked if I’m okay.” Harry spoke about his personal relationship with his brother and included phrases like “We have good days and bad days.” Soon after this documentary aired (the timing being most unfortunate and NOT a coincidence), host Tom Bradby wrote that he knew a tell-all interview from the couple would be damaging to the BRF. This whole episode was a threat, and it was not even thinly veiled.
Harry and Meghan then announced they would take a 6 week sabbatical (see part 9). They expected a meeting alone with the Queen upon their return. When this was denied, they published a secret website which laid out for all to see the list of accommodations they would require going forward. The accommodations equated to their own autonomous court in North America. Neither the plan nor the website had gotten approval from anyone in the institution. See, they believed public sentiment and threatening allegations of “mistreatment” or “racism” would compel the Queen to make concessions in their favor. Where did they get such an idea? The last time the Queen was forced to change course due to public sentiment was in the week following Diana, Princess of Wales’s death.
If Harry and Meghan thought they could manipulate the Queen with a tide of public emotion, they were sorely mistaken. Not only did they misjudge the Queen, but they misjudged the British public. Perhaps they forgot that Diana wasn’t regarded as a “saint” until after her tragic death. Perhaps they didn’t consider how many years she had carried out her duties and served the Queen. Perhaps they didn’t understand the difference between her impactful charity work and their condescending lectures. Perhaps they didn’t realize that the idea of Charles’s infidelity and Diana’s broken heart garnered much more public sympathy than publishing petty complaints relaying squabbles with your in-laws.
No, the majority of the public did not look favorably on Harry and Meghan on the morning of January 9, 2020. Instead, their attempt to make demands of the Queen backfired. Once again, the request for their own rival court (this time across the ocean) was denied and they were shown the door. They spent the majority of their 22 months in the institution upset that they were not given precedence. Apparently, they are still angry. And so the blackmail continues with this book, Finding Freedom. Even the title is meant to evoke thoughts of “oppression.” Harry and Meghan were not oppressed. They were not allowed to turn the monarchy on its head. There is a difference, but the couple, the authors of this book, and a very vocal group of people on Twitter do not want you to see that difference.
If I could offer advice to Harry and Meghan, it would be this: Drop this “victim” narrative. You are not victims. Stop with the efforts to smear the reputation of Harry’s family. If you wanted to be free of the institution and its rules, good, you almost are. Stop using titles given to you by the Queen. Eliminate your reliance on funding from the Prince of Wales. Don’t allow “Good Morning America” to use footage of you with William and Catherine while talking about your “enormous platform.” Pick up and move forward, do your own thing. Talk about whatever causes you want to talk about. Go wherever you want to go. I don’t care. But do not utter or write another negative word about the British Royal Family. Purge them completely out of your mouth and your PR.
And since we know Harry reads comments about himself, I’ll end with a note for him, just in case. Harry, I’ve not called you the first cruel name. I’ve not wished ill on you or Meghan or Archie. And I can assure you, I’m no paid troll. Own your mistakes, learn from them, and move forward!
Again, these are not my words. You can find the original post here.