It’s been a wild week for the Royal household, what with Megxit and all. When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that they would “make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution” people sort of…lost it.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
From nasty jabs at Meghan being “controlling” over Harry to angry royalists claiming they were “ruining the royal family,” the drama is on high and the assumptions, attacks, and judgments are everywhere you turn. Everyone’s got an opinion—especially the media. They refuse to seek objectivity and they clearly play favorites.
In fact, if you read most articles about Meghan, you’ll see that they’re likely reported very differently than the articles written about Kate Middleton (except for some of the press in the very beginning of her time with the Royal family), who tends to be everyone’s favorite. She doesn’t ruffle feathers, they say. She follows protocol, they say. And she’s going to be married to the King of England one day! They love her. Meghan? Not so much.
And headlines and articles are pretty clear about this.
One Twitter user, Eve Cornwell, took the time to show us just how different the reporting is, posting screenshots:
do u see the difference now? do you SEE IT pic.twitter.com/rdZmtE1GaY— Eve Cornwell (@Evecornwell) January 12, 2020
Okay, so Kate’s love for avocados is adorable because she eats them when she’s got morning sickness. Meghan eats avocados and suddenly she’s connected to murder and destructive acts of god. Huh.
And then there’s the difference between Meghan being some sex-starved concubine while Kate is painted as a sweet introvert.
This is so derogatory and sexist it makes me angry— fairyfayfairy (@SilviaD44690133) January 13, 2020
— Hannah (@queen_meghan14) January 12, 2020
It’s not just avocados everyone’s freaking out about, though. It’s eyeshadow, too! Kate’s clearly “more mature” about her makeup look.
— Resilient (@KaindeB) January 12, 2020
People even attack Meghan for touching her baby bump. But Kate? She’s all good.
— H 🌹 (@HarrietEvs) January 12, 2020
In the end, these comparisons are forcing us to take a long, hard look at the way sexism and racism affect our society. Sadly, many of these articles were written by women—which is a problem unto itself. Let Meghan have her baby bump, her makeup, and her avocados! She’s done so much good for the world—even before she became a Royal family member.