LOS ANGELES — Once you are persona non grata in the U.K. tabloid press, it’s difficult to tunnel your way out of that particular cesspool. In fact, the odds are about as slim as a British person ever climbing out of the social class they were born into. And if you’re born into the wrong class and then marry someone of royal blood, it practically guarantees that you’ll immediately be persona non grata.
For all the ways race and national origin (i.e. being American) have factored into the British tabloids’ pummeling of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, her social status is another often-overlooked attribute that plays a leading role. And it’s one that explains some of the deepest divisions in how the duchess is perceived on different sides of the pond.
Meghan is once again in hot water with the British tabloid press, this time with the Daily Mail for daring to — shock, horror — take a stand for paid parental leave in the United States.
The U.K.’s ingrained class system is a large part of why Britons didn’t embrace Meghan from the start. After all, she was an American, an actress and a divorcée muscling in on the royal family. The British also don’t understand the whole concept of the American dream: the ability to chart your own destiny, to pull yourself up by your bootstraps, so to speak, and create the future you want in the land of opportunity, no matter your origins.
So it should come as no surprise that Meghan is once again in hot water with the…