James Explains The Markle Debarcle

‘That interview’ aired on UK television on Monday evening, so I’ve left it rather late to share my views on the whole Harry and Meghan saga. But as everyone still seems to be banging on about it, I though I might as well use it to generate some additional content for my blog.

I must confess that I didn’t watch the interview, and I tend to have very little interest in the royal family in general. I’ve never even watched an episode of The Crown. So who am I to have a view on any of this?

I’m James, that’s who, and I’ve never let a little thing like a basic understanding of the facts get in the way of holding an ill-informed view on a matter I care little-to-nothing about.

Anyway, I did watch a few episodes of Suits back in the early-mid 2010s so I’m basically an expert on Meghan.

I’m certainly no royalist, but it is hard not to bristle at some of the accusations that have apparently been levelled at the royal family. Just because an antiquated institution, founded on principals of feudalism and elitism, has a poor track record when it comes to insensitive comments relating to ethnicity, is absolutely no reason to believe claims that someone within that institution is a bit racist. I, for one, would never question the scruples of a family that appears to be harbouring an alleged sex offender. Although I doubt a few inconsiderate remarks would cause that person to break into a sweat.

I understand the British press have come in for some criticism too and frankly I find the notion that the tabloids might have been hounding Meghan for reasons relating to the colour of her skin to be a tad naïve and a little over simplistic. If I know the gutter press, I’d imagine it’s a much more nuanced cocktail of misogyny and racism at play so we should probably give credit where it is due.

Still, the real tragedy in all this is that the hubristic artificial outrage monger, Piers Morgan, won’t be on the TV for a while after he got himself into a bit of a tizz over the whole thing on Good Morning Britain and then lost his job. I don’t watch Good Morning Britain so I didn’t see that either. Piers does seem to be have taken the interview particularly personally, which is a shame because apparently he and Meghan were once great friends on social media up until the moment she met him in person, when she inexplicably ceased all further contact. I’m generally not a fan of Piers’ combative approach to broadcasting, but I broadly share his antipathy for the current UK government’s handling of the pandemic so I’ll miss him spouting off about that, if nothing else.

Anyway, it seems that a lot of people care about this interview and it’s really important to choose sides. I’m largely indifferent, but I did find Suits mildly diverting for the few months that I watched it and I don’t tend to get such good entertainment value from the Royal family. Perhaps I should give The Crown a go for the sake of balance.

  21 comments for “James Explains The Markle Debarcle

  1. March 11, 2021 at 5:58 am

    I know so very little about any of it but I would not let that stop me from being the first to comment.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. March 11, 2021 at 7:11 am

    I have managed to avoid this whole royal soap opera up to now, and fully intend to keep doing so. I didn’t see The Crown, and I haven’t even watched suits.

    I must be an expert by tabloid standards.

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    • March 11, 2021 at 7:39 am

      Yes, you’re even more qualified than me to offer commentary on this one.

      Liked by 2 people

  3. March 11, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for that, and respect as well to you and others that choose not to air their personal and private family squabbles in public, except if you are a bone fide TV drama series.
    The Royal Family must love Netflix.

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 11, 2021 at 2:58 pm

      How can they not?


  4. March 11, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    The education system is working tremendously well. Just look at how many experts there are today!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. March 11, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    One struggles with ones family’s failings at the best of times. Sometimes one wishes for the good old days when the forgiving and forgetting Press fawned all over the Royal Familial day to day horribilises. By all reports, one is Windsorly disappointed.

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  6. March 12, 2021 at 4:34 am

    I would like to thank you Brits for sending your ungrateful royals to us in the US, where, of course, everyone is equal, except for those more equal than others.

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 12, 2021 at 9:53 am

      That has always been a quality of equality


  7. March 13, 2021 at 2:31 am

    Frankly I don’t give a Rooty Tooty Nothing that happens in or out of the royal family does anything about the level of beer on my mug. I actually missed it on purpose and never mentioned it until now. I did see a picture of Megan being interviewed. and the only question that came to mind was How the heck does she stand up on those stiletto heals? Other than that Don’t Care

    Laugh, and make the world a brighter place

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  8. March 13, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    The Crown is pretty good.

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 13, 2021 at 3:00 pm

      That seems to be the consensus. I expect I’ll get around to it one day.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. March 14, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    I do love the Queen. The Royal Family has been great for British tourism as well. What I find hard to believe is that someone would join the Royal Family without having researched anything about what that life would be like. I think the timing of the whole thing was dreadful, considering that Queen Elizabeth is dealing with a sick husband. Just a few thoughts from one of the colonies here!

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    • March 15, 2021 at 7:46 pm

      I think the mistake is to conflate the Royal Family with the Queen. I think the Queen is generally well-liked, but some of her children are rather less likeable.

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