Meghan and Harry: Aristocratic victims for our times

Meghan and Harry: Aristocratic victims for our times. By Gerard Baker.

When some future historian, or perhaps some honest parodist of our modern mores, seeks an event that captures the inversion at the core of our continuing cultural revolution, he should examine closely the television spectacle that aired on CBS Sunday evening.

There they were, assembled dreamily in the verdant grounds of a California mansion, poster victims of our irredeemably unjust system: the sixth in line to the throne of the United Kingdom, his wife, a so-so actress who nonetheless enjoyed considerable fortune before she married into the highest levels of the English aristocracy, alongside one of the most successful television celebrities on the planet, bemoaning the injustices that have befallen them in a systemically cruel society.

You’d struggle to find a better metaphor for one of the dominant narratives of our age: our elites parading their grievances and preoccupations for the masses, demanding sympathy, issuing a call for the ordinary people to do better to acknowledge their own sinfulness.

Get a grip, upper class:

Economic inequality is greater than it has been in decades, and widening still further after a great recession and a global pandemic. The poorest neighbourhoods in this country, many of them dominated by ethnic minorities, are beset by levels of violent crime and disorder not seen in a generation. Educational opportunities for those most blighted are drowning in a sea of neglect, ideological rectitude and acquiescence to the demands of teachers unions.

All the while, we are forced to listen as chief executives, tenured academics, Hollywood celebrities and now a prince and his wife lecture us about what are supposed to be the real systemic flaws in our society: the terrible legacy of American history; sexism, racism and “transphobia”; the endless stream of microaggressions caused by an errant word, a contentious writer or the illustrations in the Dr. Seuss books.

Gone woke, not yet broke. “Racism!” they cried.

Harry and Meghan have seized the moment to sign on fully to the woke creed, ascribing their trials to that original sin of racism, not just from the royal family itself, but from the British press, feeding the ugly prejudices of the masses. They conveniently forget that the arrival of Meghan was greeted by the same press — and the same masses — with joyous acclaim, that she was portrayed as somewhere between Grace Kelly and Diana Ross.

But that’s the beauty of the new dispensation: You can always blame systemic injustice. Meghan may be pointing the finger at unnamed royals for her victim status, but we know that’s just a proxy for the wider evil that, improbable as it seems, makes her the victim.

Even as you sit there in your alabaster palaces, your Silicon Valley boardrooms or your elegantly appointed dressing rooms, you can point to the real cause of society’s inequity: the Trump- and Brexit-voting hordes with their unenlightened views on immigration, crime, the climate, Western history.

And it’s one of the ironies of our leading social-justice revolutionaries, fighting to overturn the social order. When you have on your side the people who control most of the nation’s corporations, newsrooms, universities, celebrities, the federal government — along with a duke and a duchess — can you really be that oppressed?

Megyn Kelly Exposes the Disingenuousness of Meghan Markle’s ‘Bombshell’ Interview, by Tyler O’Neil.

On Sunday night, Meghan Markle made accusations of racism and heartlessness against the British royal family in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on CBS News. She said her life with the royal family left her suicidal. Independent journalist Megyn Kelly ripped Markle’s performance as “totally un-self-aware” and out of touch with most people who would love to live in a castle. …

Megyn Kelly wasn’t buying it. She called out Meghan Markle’s extreme disingenuousness.

“What I saw tonight was somebody who is totally un-self-aware, I mean completely unaware of how she sounded. ‘I wasn’t planning on saying anything shocking, except for my husband’s racist family almost drove me to suicidal thoughts while I was pregnant with my baby. And, by the way, I had no idea what the internet said about Harry.’ — Nobody believes that,” Kelly said.

The journalist continued to paraphrase Meghan Markle. “‘And I thought meeting the queen was just going to be like meeting a celebrity in Los Angeles, like meeting a Kris Jenner.’ — Nobody believes that”

“Then she goes on to say like, ‘I don’t believe in any of the grandeur.’ There’s an article already up in the New York Post here in the states, saying, ‘This is the person who had [George] Clooney and Oprah at her wedding, even though she didn’t even know them, and then covered herself in blood diamonds from the Saudi prince,’ so spare us that you’re not into any of the grandeur,” Kelly added. …

“Give me a break. Have you ever seen such privileged people wallowing in their own (perceived) victimhood like this?” …

Neither Meghan Markle nor her husband was willing to name names regarding the central accusation in the interview — that the royal family harbored racism and did not care for her needs. This accusation needs support, in part because claims of a “toxic environment” can be extremely subjective, and Markle may have wrongly interpreted some things as racist. …

Much of this interview feels shallow because Markle made explosive victimhood claims without backing them up with concrete evidence while she is clearly still living in the lap of luxury.

Vox Populi:

You can allow an African to marry your posterity. You can load them down with money, titles, precious jewels, and property. You can give them fame, fortune, and family. And they will still not even hesitate to call you racist the moment it suits them to do so. …

Unlike most other peoples, Europeans have always been suckers for sob stories. There is a reason you don’t see UNICEF and the WWF advertising in Asian nations. There is a reason it was British pop stars declaring they were the world and trying to raise money for starving Ethiopians in the 80s, and not Russian or Brazilian pop stars.

But Europeans are particular suckers for African grifters. I’ve known two of the latter fairly well, and you would be astonished at how many second chances both of them were given by every single white authority in their lives. I mean, their second chances were measured in the dozens.

hat-tip Stephen Neil