The King’s Coronation was missing Meghan Markle
It’s been a momentous weekend reporting on the King’s Coronation and seeing communities come together to celebrate but watching back the actual ceremony, it was sad to see Harry the ‘black sheep’ of the family demoted and missing his wife Meghan Markle and children.
While I know it was their son’s 4th birthday on the same day which is apparently why she didn’t come, I can also guess some other ideas.
I too went quiet, and have at times had to shut myself away from certain ‘family-friendly’ events where I know I would be ridiculed and I have gone offline for months on end too when I haven’t been strong enough.
I for one may not know Meghan personally but she is definitely more of a heroine and role model to me than the likes of Penny Mourdant.
Yes, Penny looked incredible and Ann Boleyn-esque and has some strong arms from “press ups” or sheer determination, but for me, her efforts are nothing like the strength families need to fight the cost of living crisis which is a travesty of our times.
Anyhopress-ups, before I jump on my political bandwagon here is the column I wrote about Meghan Markle when she first came into the royal limelight.
Meghan Markle and Me
Mixed race, mum-of-two from an impoverished background, a woman who found her way onto TV through talent rather than contacts, a woman who wears what she wants and worst still, a woman with a voice who understands the power of the media for change, also chooses to use it in her own way.
How dare Meghan Markle?! How dare I? I am actually labelling myself because whilst I am loathed to label anyone else, certain labels help you to understand, some people really identify with me whereas others despise me, that’s the problem of labels, we judge people on certain societal ‘badges’ or what some people deem as fails.
As a ‘separated single mum’ living in an ‘impoverished area’ whilst working from home, sharing my story across media platforms and worst still I no longer do as I am told by the bigots who I make feel uncomfortable just by me being unapologetically me, I know all too well the pain of being trapped in a world where you are subject to other’s misplaced agressions as the project their unhappiness onto your very existence.
So whilst Meghan Markle is well and truly a pioneer and human being with a much more powerful voice in her own right, there is so much to her that I can identify with.
Not to mention, the fact that she has been ridiculed, trolled, subject to racism for people who feel the need to gloss over the mistreatment of her human rights to privacy by certain media outlets and high profile people, by making it her fault: “It’s fair game for putting yourself out there,” as a beautiful young woman and now another title open to much judgement… a mother, not to mention a divorcee who made it to fame through her own talent and would prefer to smash glass ceilings than to slip on a Cinderella glass stiletto when she found herself the perfect Prince rather than remain silent as a conforming ‘poster girl’ to help modernise British Monarchy’s branding so they appear more “diverse.”
Even the language used to justify our distaste of someone who does not conform with the shackles of any one label, and worst still she has come to “our fine country” and ”stolen our prince” and now adopts a “victim mentality” whilst she has made an almighty “Meghxit” from the Royal family and even absconded our fine country of “British Values.”
Whilst Harry is an exploited expat, Kate is the girl next door and well William, well he is the good loyal boy who’s stayed in his area and provided for his family.
Please! There is so much to the Meghan Markle story that has shone a light on how narrow minded the world and many parts of the media still are. It takes much more than a Blonde Buffoon to make me believe the world has changed and those in power are “down with us” commoners.
I went into journalism to report from the communities I am from, give a voice to those misunderstood and regardless of my own roots, one of the fundamental principles of journalism and human rights… is a right to a private and family life.
Meghan, like many other celebrities, politicians and people in power choose who to be interviewed by, they try their best to navigate the wild west of the tabloid press sometimes wrongly sometimes rightly. Meghan can be open to scrutiny and you don’t have to agree with her but what I do dismay at is the mistreatment at her because she will not fall silently into our deafening echo chamber of a ‘modern world’ where we convince ourselves with a happy ending picture of ‘diversity’ but true inclusivity is a much more challenging story.