Unless you've been living under a rock for about a month (and with WWIII AND pandemic talk hitting us since January, I'd totally get why) you've heard by now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have finally escaped the iron grip of Buckingham Palace. They've given up their royal titles and are no longer representing the Queen, choosing to be financially independent and create a new life for themselves as just Harry, Meghan, and baby Archie.
To me, this is the most romantic thing I've ever seen happen in real-time, but I get how this might seem confusing to others. Why would anyone give up being a princess? It's every girl's fairy tale dream come true!
Well, except if you're black.
Ever since announcing her engagement to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has fielded more racist attacks than all of Xbox Live and PSN combined. The woman has been through a lot. For example, meeting your fiance's extended family is awkward enough, but when one of your brand new aunties walks up to you wearing a racist brooch with a slave on it, it's hard to shake that off and keep smiling. Especially when you hear Princess Michael's apology:
"I even pretended years ago to be an African, a half-caste African, but because of my light eyes I did not get away with it, but I dyed my hair black ... I had this adventure with these absolutely adorable, special people and to call me racist--"
Fun Fact: Princess Michael's father was a literal nazi.
And let's not forget, the British media have been taking great pleasure in trying to humiliate this woman for having the audacity to think she could join the royal family. My personal favorite might actually be the Daily Mail article insinuating she has gang affiliations, capping it all off with a headline literally ripped from an NWA song, and this was when they were just dating.
After they got married, a BBC broadcaster called baby Archie a chimp before he even left the hospital. He later apologized but also insinuated that the people who pointed out how racist that was had "diseased minds"? There's also the other BBC host, who while acknowledging that he'd never met her, still referred to her as "awful, woke, weak, manipulative, spoilt"?
Spoiled. The woman from Crenshaw, Los Angeles, not the entire British royal family she married into.
Still not sure the media has it out for Meghan? Buzzfeed recently put out a piece comparing headlines about Prince William's wife Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle and the results are absolutely damning. Kate hasn't been praised for every choice she's made, but she's certainly never been accused of trying to poison her bridesmaids via flower bouquets, even though they used the exact same flowers.
At this point you might still be on the fence, saying "it's still all just words and annoying relatives, so why would any of this freak Harry out so much that he'd want to give everything up to get away from it?" Primarily because of how his mother died.
Princess Diana was trying to escape some paps when they got into that car crash. Recently, Harry did an interview stating that he knew that she didn't die immediately and could have been saved if those paps had put down their cameras and actually tried to help her. But they didn't, and instead took pictures of her dying in the back seat. And this was the beloved Princess of Wales. What do you think they'd have done to Meghan??
He knows dealing with the media can be a matter of life and death. As such, he's spent his entire life terrified of the press, has kept a wary eye on how they've been treating Meghan from the beginning, and has tried to pull his family back from the public eye as much as possible while still performing his royal duties as a prince of England. But when push came to shove, he chose the safety of his family and said deuces.
That's certainly not a normal part of a fairy tale royal love story. But, that's the point.