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Politics & Law

Megxit – a case of British bigotry and racism?

One would argue yes. As BBC presenter Danny Baker was fired in May for a offensive royal baby tweet, using a photo of a chimpanzee, only to be back at BBC two weeks later. To the current Prime Minister Boris Johnson, referring to people in Africa in derogatory and racist terms of “piccaninnies” and having “watermelon smiles”. The handling of Meghan in the British tabloids in itself tells its own story. It does unfortunately give a sense of racism, as still very much part of the society.

Did Meghan Markle misjudge this? Probably she did. Americans have a very sweet dewy-eyed image of Brits. However, as much as both countries are English speaking and have other similarities, such as legal and political system, culturally they are miles apart. Rather, comedians like Ricky Gervais allude to and the British tabloids reporting and covering of stories, tell a very different story.

For those of us who remember Diana’s description of life in the royal family, it was rare glimpse into a hidden world behind palace doors. It was also clear, such a life is far from a fairy tale. Apparently this reality caught up with Meghan sooner than later.

For those of us who remember Diana’s description of life in the royal family, it was rare glimpse into a hidden world behind palace doors. It was also clear, such a life is far from a fairy tale.

TRUMP, BREXIT AND NOW MEGXIT – IS THERE A CONNECTION?

Many argue that Brexit is a far right populist expression of xenophobia in Britain. From the optimism in the Tony Blair era, to a hard conservative British government. It is highly unlikely this backdrop hasn’t effected Meghan and Harry’s decision.

There are also similarities to the developments in the US. From the transition of the Obama era optimism to the Tea Party, birtherism and election of Trump and his agenda of anti-Obamaism which has lead to diversity. Other countries in Europe have had similar development. Such as Sweden, which has seen unprecedented growth of a populist national conservative party.

One would hope that life in Canada will be happier for Meghan and Harry. As for the rest of us, one would hope these darker times will be followed by a happier more optimistic era. One based on democratic values and everyones equal value.

For Prince Harry, the handling of his wife in the tabloids has understandably awoken memories of his mother as well as his instincts, one would presume, to protect Meghan and Archie. However, putting the full blame on Meghan for Megxit seems unfair. After all, Harry is even further away from the throne now and might likely have his own ambitions to seek a life outside his current royal duties. It might very well be they both rather go their own way than playing second fiddle!

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