DAN WOOTTON: Brexit, ‘racist’ Brits, cold Wills and Kate, those troublesome Markles and even the Queen’s pesky formality. Harry and Meghan blame everything but their own dreadful behaviour for failing in Royal Family
Harry and Meghan’s Netflix orgy of victimhood has literally left me feeling ill.
Sick at the irrational and unhinged trashing of everything the late Queen spent her seven decades on the throne trying to achieve, especially her beloved Commonwealth which the programme dismisses as ‘Empire 2.0’.
Nauseous at the sight of the so-called ‘private’ Meghan stopping in the middle of Harry’s marriage proposal to snap a picture of the Duke on bended knee, before filming her own reaction, then deciding to share it with tens of millions for Hollywood dirty money.
Queasy at the portrayal of the United Kingdom – hands down the most tolerant country in the world – as some sort of racist hellhole with a depraved media that could just never accept a mixed-race princess.
Except of course, we did.
DAN WOOTTON: Harry and Meghan’s Netflix orgy of victimhood has literally left me feeling ill
The world saw our proud nation stop in May 2018 to celebrate the arrival of our new American Duchess to the Buckingham Palace balcony; it was one of the most collectively joyous days I’ve ever lived through, and the media coverage was almost universally positive.
Four-and-half-years on, the biggest celebrity Hollywood PR campaign in recent memory is underway to rewrite royal history, supported by the weight of the woke American media in a post-BLM era.
Harry and Meghan’s reality show is nothing short of a propaganda piece for the republican movement that blames everyone and everything for their royal failure, without examining their own dreadful behaviour for even a split second.
DAN WOOTTON: Sick at the irrational and unhinged trashing of everything the late Queen spent her seven decades on the throne trying to achieve, especially her beloved Commonwealth which the programme dismisses as ‘Empire 2.0’
Meghan attempts (and in my opinion fails) to re-cast herself as a naive yank with no idea about what she was walking into, rather than a sophisticated media operator who used to set up paparazzi shots in London to boost her profile according to a biography by one of her friends just one year before her jackpot meeting with Harry.
You’ll probably know by now that I believe this couple are compulsive truth twisters and, once again on Netflix, it’s almost impossible to trust a word that slips off their well-honed script.
Like the fact in 2017, Harry insisted to the BBC on how he met Meghan: ‘It was definitely a set-up — it was a blind date. It was a blind date for sure.’
Yet this new TV show claims the pair met over Instagram, with a mutual friend telling Meghan ‘Prince Haz’ is interested in her after seeing a Snapchat picture and the actress unconvincingly pretending to have no idea who they’re referring to.
Harry and Meghan never appear to let facts get in the way of their determined narrative.
Like the Duke’s loathing of the paparazzi, which is used as a key reason why he had to flee Britain to protect his family.
Yet the only specific examples we’re given of intrusion from photographers take place outside of the UK in both the US and Canada because of the strict code of conduct agreed between the Royal Family and British Press to provide protection to royals following the despicable treatment of Princess Diana.
Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Sussex, Duke of Sussex, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watching the RAF 100th anniversary flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in July 2018
While Harry and Meghan do all they can to present the UK as racist, engaging a host of left-leaning experts who slam the Royal Family’s colonial history and link the Brexit vote and very legitimate concerns many of us have about illegal immigration to racism, the only direct racial slur Meghan recounts was in her home city of Los Angeles when a stranger despicably called her mother Doria Ragland the N-word.
But the Duchess then purrs disingenuously: ‘Obviously now people are very aware of my race because they made it such an issue when I went to the UK, but before that most people didn’t treat me like a black woman.’
Of course, the only people who drew attention to Meghan’s race time and again were Harry and Meghan themselves, starting with his unprecedented statement slamming so-called racist attacks on his new girlfriend just days after they started dating.
It now seems clear to me that both Harry and Meghan had decided on this narrative before anything had actually gone down.
Speaking publicly for the first time, Doria recalled a previous conversation with Meghan, explaining: ‘I said to her — I remember this very clearly — that this is about race. You may not want to hear it, but this is what’s coming down the pike.’
DAN WOOTTON: Meghan’s conclusion is, as we all expected, it’s everyone else’s fault but mine
Harry admitted he’d told his relatives that Meghan’s mixed-race meant she deserved extra protection than other royal girlfriends had in the past, including Kate Middleton.
‘As far as a lot of the family was concerned, what she was being put through they had been put through as well so it was almost like a rite of passage,’ the Duke explained, before angrily adding, ‘I said the difference here is the race element.’
The snide digs at the Prince and Princess of Wales come thick and fast, too.
Like the implicit criticism that William may have chosen to marry Kate because she was the safe option, with Harry saying: ‘For so many people in the family, especially the men, there can be a temptation or an urge to marry someone who would fit the mould as opposed to somebody who you are perhaps destined to be with.’
Harry also goes against his brother’s wishes to damn Princess Diana’s controversial BBC Panorama interview to the annals of history. Instead, he uses a clip from the disgraced Martin Bashir programme and argues of his mother: ‘She spoke the truth of her experience.’
Meghan can’t wait to attack her royal rival Kate either, signalling the Cambridges were cold when they first met for a private dinner inside Kensington Palace.
She said in a very knowing dig at her sister-in-law: ‘I was a hugger, always been a hugger. I didn’t realise that was very jarring for a lot of Brits. I guess I started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside carried through on the inside… that was surprising to me.’
Harry even bristles at the formality of the Queen, bemoaning the fact he couldn’t propose to Meghan in Africa because of the pesky traditions that have allowed him to live a life of unimaginable privilege.
DAN WOOTTON: Yup, it’s Meghan’s world now, Harry just lives in it
Speaking of popping the question, he whined: ‘I wanted to do it earlier but, because I had to ask permission from my grandmother, I couldn’t do it outside the UK.’
But predictably it’s the working class paternal side of the Markle family who are subject to the most vicious attacks by Harry and Meghan in the first half of this Netflix saga.
Disabled Samantha Markle – a good woman who I have come to know well over the years – is painted as the evil half-sister, with Meghan trying to justify the decision not to invite Sam’s daughter Ashleigh to the royal wedding, despite their apparently close relationship.
But most painful is Netflix being used to justify Meghan cutting all contact with her delightful father Thomas, despite admitting earlier in the show: ‘I was a daddy’s girl my whole life and I was with him a lot.’
It’s left for Harry to callously declare: ‘She had a father before this. And now she doesn’t have a father. And I shouldered that, because if Meg wasn’t with me, then her dad would still be her dad.’
Excuse me Harry, Meghan very much does still have a father – a father who lives a few hours from you in a humble Mexican village where he continues to recover from a stroke that nearly ended his life earlier this year.
The crime which has got him forever banished for good? Setting up a few paparazzi pictures, something Meghan has seemingly done herself in the past.
My conclusion from this unpalatable and ugly affair is that entering the world of Harry and Meghan is like joining some sort of woke cult.
Loyalty must be unquestioning; those who challenge the narrative, no matter how ridiculous it may be, are ejected forever more.
As Harry puts it himself: ‘She sacrificed everything she ever knew, the freedom that she had, to join me in my world. And then pretty soon after that I ended up sacrificing everything that I know to join her in her world.’
Yup, it’s Meghan’s world now, Harry just lives in it.
The only small mercy in the late Queen’s death is that she doesn’t have to watch the grandson she once adored trash her life’s work, even her beloved Commonwealth in which she thought Harry and Meghan also believed and championed.
With this exploitative TV tell-all, the Sussexes, who like to claim they value their privacy, have cheapened the entire British monarchy with the sharing of the most intimate of moments in the name of the Netflix millions.
Meghan’s conclusion is, as we all expected, it’s everyone else’s fault but mine.
‘Truth be told, no matter how hard I tried, no matter how good I was, no matter what I did, they were still going to find a way to destroy me,’ she proclaims dramatically.
Rubbish! You destroyed yourself with your rotten behaviour and entitlement – and then decided to take two families down with you.
Nothing in the first half of this shameful, one-sided and clearly biased Netflix hagiography has made me change my mind on that.
I’m very clear that there’s now no going back – King Charles must strip Harry and Meghan of their titles to protect the memory of Elizabeth II.