Written by Devon “Duchess of Devonshire” Mitchell
For those of you who do not know, I have an unhealthy obsession with the British Monarchy. So, you can imagine I have been all over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping down as senior members of the royal family. New information surfaced this past weekend when CBS aired a Meghan and Harry “tell-all” interview with Oprah.
For a bit of background, back in January 2020, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, announced they would be stepping back as senior members of the royal family. Over the past couple of weeks it has been announced that the couple no longer holds their royal titles, nor does their one-year-old son, Archie. In the interview with Oprah, the couple shared how they felt there was little support provided by what they called the “institution.” Additionally, they explained how there was race-based discrimination within the family. In one part of the interview, Harry and Meghan briefly mention there was a conversation between Harry and another member of the royal family about how dark his son’s skin would be. They wouldn’t reveal who was asking about Archie’s skin tone.
While watching the interview, I won’t lie, it was heartbreaking. I would have thought that after what happened with Princess Diana, the royal family would have learned their lesson and created a safer space for members of the family. Harry certainly learned that lesson for his family and is determined to protect his wife and children from the same fate his mother faced.
The media’s perception of the royal family, specifically Meghan Markle, has harmful retributions on their lives. While it seems like there aren’t too many hard feelings towards members of the royal family, there is definitely a systematic problem that has driven a tainted opinion of the monarchy for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The fire burning, which is the “institution,” is only fueled by the media.