Opinion: Meghan Markle being mixed-race does not exempt her from critique

Friday, August 2, 2019

talkRADIO's Dan Wootton says branding critics of Meghan Markle as 'racist' is "shameful", claiming the colour of the Duchess's skin should not exempt her from being criticised. These are his views and not talkRADIO's.

As part of his wife Meghan's ill-advised and highly-political guest editing of Vogue's September issue, Prince Harry promoted this idea of so-called 'unconscious bias' leading to racism, even if someone doesn't consider themselves to be racist.

His point was very clear, and it provided catnip to all of those horrible people in the awful online Sussex squad - they are fans of Prince Harry and Meghan - who have spent the past two years attempting to drown out critical coverage of the couple by making outlandish, offensive and totally unfair calls of racism; belittling people who are actually suffering from that type of discrimination.

Harry has been bristling about even the smallest criticism of him for some years now, and he has the thinnest skin of any member of the Royal Family. 

It is so much easier for them to blame anything uncomfortable on racism, rather than actually address the fact that much of the negativity towards the couple is coming from within the Royal Family.

The Royal Family and their staff are the ones leaking these stories to the press. To call the outrage over Meghan's guest edit in any way racist is entirely missing the point.

The reason that is had so much criticism and so much coverage is simply because of how controversial it is.

Meghan appears to be using the magazine to lay out a future woke, political manifesto.

When that manifesto includes supporting someone like Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish firebrand with pushy, extreme-left parents, and policies that would probably make this country bankrupt in just a few years' time.

If she is going to support someone like that, some examination and critical analysis is required.

To say other royals have not been subject to that same type of criticism, and actually in a lot of cases a lot worse... it’s absurd.

To say that Diana Spencer, or Sarah Ferguson or Sophie Wessex or even Kate Middleton had an easier ride is naïve or delusional.

It should be remembered that the vast bulk of Prince Harry’s and Meghan’s misadventures are being reported that way because they are doing things differently, and potentially upsetting members of the Royal Family who are very strong in their belief that the royals should stay out of politics.

This week commentators, royal reporters and even balanced TV stars like Eamonn Holmes, we’ve been branded racist by total non-entity correspondents or Twitter trolls who are essentially left-wing commentators. I just think that’s shameful.

Do we really want to become a world where you are discriminating against someone unless you are criticising a person of the same race, gender or sexual identity as you?

Of course we all agree, the fact that Meghan is mixed race is irrelevant to all of this.