16 May, 2021

Meghan, The Dark Princess

Racism is out there, and also inside Buckingham Palace. Harry and his biracial wife finally open up on Oprah’s show on how difficult it was to be a British royal.

Meghan, The Dark Princess

Britain’s royal family and television have a complicated relationship. The medium has helped define the modern monarchy: The 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was Britain’s first mass TV spectacle. Since then, rare interviews have given a glimpse behind palace curtains. The 1981 wedding of 32-year-old Prince Charles and 20-year-old Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral was a fairy-tale spectacle watched by 750 million people around the world. But the couple separated in 1992, and in 1995 Diana gave a candid interview to the BBC, discussing the pressure of media scrutiny and the breakdown of her marriage. It prompted a wave of sympathy for Diana, seen as a woman failed by an uncaring royal establishment—a pattern that has repeated itself with Meghan Markle. Like Diana before her and Meghan since, Sarah Ferguson was a young woman who had a bruising collision with the royal family. Initially welcomed as a breath of fresh air when she wed the queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, in 1986, she quickly became a tabloid target for her allegedly...

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