In a strange sort of way, Harry and Meghan have become the political litmus test of our culture-warring age. If you’re the sort of person who believes that Western societies are forever stained with racism and misogyny, you’ll see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as the plucky victims of a backward British media and royal family. If you’re the rest of us, those not pickled in elite identitarianism, you’ll see what they actually, clearly, are – a pair of royal chancers, convinced of their own victimhood and blind to their own considerable privilege.
Most people in Britain, I’d say, are in the latter camp. According to YouGov, just over a quarter of the public holds a favourable view of Meghan Markle. She ranks 13th, beating only the disgraced Prince Andrew in the pollster’s table of the most-popular royals.
But then again the Sussexes’ focus has been squarely on America for some time now. That is where they eventually settled following their ‘Megxit’ from the royal family in 2020, citing media intrusion and palace bigotry as the reason for their departure. (For as we all know, celebrity culture and racism do not exist in America.)