Meghan Markle just got engaged to Prince Harry. It's an amazing, momentous event, seeing that the British royal family has remained pretty much uniform since medieval ages. (*Psst, they're white – like skating-in-the-fjords-waving-at-passing-reindeer-while-wearing-arctic-fox-fur white.)
Markle, a successful actress and model, who played attorney Rachel Zane in the long-running TV show Suits, is not only a divorcee (*gasp*), she's also mixed race (*double gasp*).
And wouldn't you know, haters are already coming out of the woodwork.The Spectator approached the news of the engagement with sharpened claws and a perfect facade of the British stiff upper lip.
Instead of congratulating the happy couple, The Spectator took a long, deep sip of hater tea.
Meghan Markle is unsuitable as Prince Harry's wife for the same reason that Wallis Simpson was unsuitable: she’s di… https://t.co/1Qc6JKXOJ6— The Spectator (@The Spectator)1511779935.0
Markle has long invited comparisons to Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee for whom former British King Edward VIII abdicated the throne.
Wallis Simpson right now https://t.co/L0uYR8nFCr— Nick Of The North (@Nick Of The North)1511788004.0
Furthermore, the whole Supreme Governor of the Church of England (CofE) thing, that's ceremonial.
Not casting any aspersions on the Queen's religious diligence (as she is known to be a loyal member of the Church of England) but... this all feels very familiar.long and well documented history of subtle racial politics on the part of the British press masked by articles citing concerns about propriety and history.
Prince Harry even had to issue a statement against all the media sites and blogs writing about Markle in racially dubious ways.statement in 2016, the Prince's press secretary condemned the "racial overtones" of pieces on he and Markle's relationship with Markle and said, "Prince Harry is worried about Ms Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her."
This was a huge deal, as the royal family usually doesn't comment on the affairs of the royal family.Straight Out Of Compton." Psst.... While Markle is from Los Angeles, she's not from Compton.
J.K. Rowling undoubtedly had all this in mind because she acted the moment she saw the post.
#TeamDivorcée https://t.co/p1sVmRsw9i— J.K. Rowling (@J.K. Rowling)1511799467.0
#TeamDivorcee is already trending on Twitter as people express their support for Markle.
Dear U.K. Monarchy, You have one of the most powerful women in the world leading your country. Maybe it’s time to… https://t.co/7qfinG1U9O— Kelsey Frazier (@Kelsey Frazier)1511804940.0
Really? They are trying to claim that the problem with Wallis Simpson was that she was a Divorcee, not that she was a suspected #Nazi sympathizer? This is why we can’t have nice things. #TeamDivorcee #TeamMarryWhoYouLike (as long as they aren’t 14!!!) https://t.co/3LVwh2I6bT— Sara Magner (@Sara_Magner) November 27, 2017