The price of royalty

Updates

  1. Originally published, March 9, 2021, at 7:32 am.
  2. March 9, 2021, 11:57 am:

There is a new blog post from yesterday (March 8, 2021) entitled, “The necessary desperation.”


Pandemic

Lena H. Sun and Lenny Bernstein, “Fully vaccinated people can visit with nearby grandchildren, dine indoors with one another, CDC says,” Washington Post, March 8, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/03/08/vaccinated-people-cdc-guidance/


British royalty

On the one hand, and Helen Lewis is right to raise this, we are indeed talking about very, very privileged people, people, who as people in my Twitter feed point out, largely live off the legacy of a cruel colonial empire. On the other hand, there is racism. There is a discrepancy between a palace investigation of allegations that Meghan Markle bullied her staff, that, as Lewis puts it, “looked like a smear campaign,” and the absence of such for Andrew, notorious for his association with the now-deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. And I really cannot abide the sort of coverage that killed Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, that serves no public purpose beyond prurience, that the royal family tolerates even as it drove Markle to contemplate suicide, supposedly hoping to avoid worse.[1] There is much to unpack here but probably some of my tweeps are right: Royalty ought not to exist. Which also probably should not impede an exploration of these other issues.

Helen Lewis, “Meghan and Harry Go to War,” Atlantic, March 8, 2021, https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2021/03/meghan-markle-wont-be-silenced/618227/

Valentine Low, “Royal family in turmoil over Meghan’s racism claims in Oprah interview,” Times, March 9, 2021, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/royal-family-in-turmoil-over-meghans-racism-claims-in-oprah-interview-sgkkv27cq


  1. [1]Helen Lewis, “Meghan and Harry Go to War,” Atlantic, March 8, 2021, https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2021/03/meghan-markle-wont-be-silenced/618227/

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