What just happened?
That wasn’t just a high-charged celebrity interview that everyone talked about and then it went away. Oprah Winfrey’s conversation last weekend with the duke and duchess of Sussex will reverberate and last. It was history, a full-bore assault on an institution, the British monarchy, that has endured more than 1,000 years.
Harry and Meghan famously leveled two big charges, that the House of Windsor is racist and that it is weak. Previous incarnations of criticism painted it as invincible—the sharp-elbowed courtiers, the coldhearted family, they can crush you like a bug. No, Harry said, they are the bugs, trapped in fear of the tabloids that control whether they’ll keep the throne. “There is a level of control by fear that has existed for generations. I mean generations,” he said. “My father and my brother”—Prince Charles and Prince William—“they are trapped. They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.” That must be a comfort to them.
No immediate-family heir to the British throne has ever talked like this. You are made quite vulnerable when people suddenly see you as weak. What remains of your mystique is lessened when you’re seen as just another group of frightened persons.
Meghan charged that her infant son, Archie—the “first member of color in this family”—was treated differently and denied things due him because he was biracial. There were “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.” She wouldn’t say who was involved. “I think that would be very damaging to them.” So she knew the power of the charge she was bringing. Harry, asked about it, said, “That conversation I’m never going to share, but at the time—at the time it was awkward. I was a bit shocked.” His refusal to name the person with whom he had the conversation didn’t limit guilt but dispersed it.
Prince William’s snub to Meghan Markle
Prince William’s statement, rejecting Harry and Meghan’s claim about racism, may worsen the situation amidst the Queen’s very measured and sensible approach to defuse the tensions amicably as she promised to launch an investigation into the matter.
The Duke and Duchess, during an explosive tell-all interview, said that they felt unsupported and unprotected by the institution and their numerous revelations have left the family reeling and the monarchy in crisis. Meghan also alleged one unnamed member of the family had asked how dark their son Archie’s skin might be.
source: Peggy Noonan, WSJ