BY JEANETTE LENOIR
Aaawkward! Yaaa’ll … this is really bad. I mean, really, really bad. Even if you’ve purposefully averted your eyes and attention, you still know exactly what I’m referring to: the trailer of Harry and Meghan’s 6-part docuseries being exposed as manipulative, and amateurish reality television. Everything they’re doing is turning into a dumpster fire. On the heels of Princess Catherine in that envy green dress, no less! As the vicious world wide web picks apart the docuseries frame by frame like feasting piranhas, and despite the madness of all the royal drama, this clash is an ancient story of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, and brother vs. brother when the hierarchy pushes one up and the other further down the line.
When Harry and Meghan first came on the scene, I was excited about their union. And when Queen Elizabeth II presented her with her own family crest, I was thrilled and looked forward to more positive news from the modern couple, even though I didn’t keep up with royal news. Today, Harry and Meghan have dominated the airwaves for all the wrong reasons. Despite a genuine gripe of mistreatment and institutional racism, the couple have turned bitter on most lips and tongues. Social media is now competing to outdo itself with meme’s poking fun at the couple, especially after the release of the trailer, conspicuously during their in-laws royal trip to Boston. This is the moment when things got awkward.
Although Harry and Meghan still had some fan support, mostly Harry, the timing of the trailer’s release, the snarky twitter post that tagged it, including a new image of their son, Archie, turned the public away, and the impact it aimed for completely fizzled out like a dud firecracker. The fallout is still being felt, as senior Archewell staff run from their sinking PR ship. Although Harry is taking the media lashing alongside his wife, most of the venom is aimed at Meghan Markle. And Americans, with indefinable cultural attitudes, have not given Markle a U.S. pass either. From the turmoil surrounding her family relationships and friendship dynamics to her wedding guest list, Americans seem to agree that, just like Karen’s, they don’t like Meghan Markle. Even the comment section of positive stories on the Duchess of Sussex is filled with vitriol and total disdain for this woman. It’s quite shocking.
But what makes this entire media circus awkward is that we’re just getting started. There are 6 docuseries in total that will supposedly tell their “full truth” about the racism and deliberate mistreatment Markle experienced as a working royal. Piers Morgan, I mean, the world now anxiously waits to dissect every frame that will undoubtedly go on to live as meme’s on social media.
Global criticism has been ferocious and nonstop. The loud criticism is the symbolic tarring and feathering of Harry and Meghan. Many would say it’s well deserved. And Meghan comparing herself to Nelson Mandela, lying about conversations and events that never occurred, exaggerating a fire story that endangered their child’s life, posturing as environmental warriors while taking private jets, selling sad castle tales of being the royal “spare” prince, Markle claiming she is an only child and of course the infamous, if not scandalous Oprah Winfrey interview where the couple accused the British Royal Family of racism, didn’t help their pleas for pity.
Mind you, the world knows the truth of the matter and the history of the monarchy. I mean, even Harry wore a swastika armband once despite the many trips his late mother took to Africa to serve those less fortunate. The late Princess Diana turned her platform into service to others. She served others boldly and unapologetically, despite the “full truth” of the British monarchy she operated and advanced her goodwill to others under. She had a platform and used it to serve less fortunate people, and that’s why she became The Peoples Princess and will forever live as Queen in peoples hearts. No manipulation or PR machine feeding the trolls was used or needed for her star to shine as intended. She was authentic, unlike the Harkles.
Either way, the Montecito couple is not going away. They can’t. And it’s not the tarring that keeps them stuck in position, but rather the alleged $100-million Netflix deal they made with the devil.
Want to Netflix and chill? You may want to think about it.