It was that the royal family has an HR department, and Meghan had tried to go there for help in resolving a toxic workplace environment.
The tabloids were spreading falsehoods and endlessly harassing her. The pressure was unbearable. She was struggling with thoughts of suicide. So she went to what we imagine as wing of Buckingham Palace decorated with beige carpets and kitten posters (“HANG IN THERE”), and asked them to do their jobs. “I said, ‘I need help,’ ” Meghan explained to America’s queen, Oprah, in the interview that aired Sunday.
The human resources department claimed there was nothing they could do, according to the duchess. “You’re not a paid employee of the institution,” Meghan remembered being told. Feel free to grab a Werther’s butterscotch from the bowl on your way out!
Twenty-six years ago, Princess Diana gave a famous interview that upended the royal family by revealing that the members of it were actual humans. Her lousy husband was cheating on her with his ex-girlfriend (“There were three of us in the marriage”) and whiny about his wife’s professional success. Meghan’s interview was far more thorough and damning of the monarchy: She revealed that it is a business. It is a billions-of-dollars corporation, systemic in its willingness to throw female and non-White members under the trolley in the efforts of preserving the company brand.
The other residents of the royal household were no help….