Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interview with world-renowned talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has created a furore in the biosphere of followers of the British Monarchy. It has highlighted the obsolete customs and regulations associated with the business of monarchy.
It is not really a surprise that Meghan (who had the privilege of being considered as the Senior Royal) spoke out so ruthlessly against the institution of monarchy. She belongs to a different country, is raised differently, comes from a culturally different background and on top of all these differences, she is of mixed blood.
It is natural that she felt the need to break out and return to her roots. The core of any human being reflects strongly in difficult situations. For her to expect that she would be handed a sense of belonging upon the simple ceremony of marriage points sharply towards the naivety of outsiders, hovering on the periphery of royalty.
Britishers can never shed the tag of imperialists, racist and merciless colonists. Their extended history is testimony to this fact. The long-standing epithets are not mere observations. It confirms the aspects of subjugating those who refuse to adhere to the mage.
Princess Diana’s life story serves as a lesson to all those who think they can stand against the mighty monarchy. She, too, through her interviews spoke exactly the same things which Meghan has tried to put out in the open especially the facet of mental health.
But this niggling thought persists. The times have changed, the Royals are not what they used to be; age has caught up. The next generation of Royals are in tune with the present world scenario; so, many of the claims by Meghan and Prince Harry sound abstract.
She is not a young woman in her prime. She has seen the world, been to places, knows about how to access services for herself. Her claim of getting no help for mental turmoil from the institution seems unbelievable. Her claim of feeling like a prisoner feels partly unreliable.
If the Monarchy is as cruel as it has been portrayed, then should not it have been difficult to leave? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are living in palatial houses, complaining of inadequate attention from their family, seeking protection of privacy.
What these two are trying to achieve by consistently opening their lives for public consumption is anybody’s guess! But their interview has indeed proved that fairy-tales are redundant. Amidst the ongoing pandemic, no one wants to kiss the Prince (turned frog) and no one wants to wake the sleeping beauty…