“This week’s provocative question is going to be an easy one…if you watched Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Harry and Meghan the other night.”
Garry and I watched it two nights ago and talked about it by pausing it when a point came up. Garry wanted to know if I believed Meghan could be that naïve about the dynamics in Buckingham Palace, forever now known as “The Firm.” What did I think?
I said that it wasn’t an entirely fair question because I’m a born-again researcher and I would never go into that situation without knowing as close to exactly what I was getting into. I’m not Black, merely Jewish, but I know for 100% sure that England’s royal family would not welcome me. Not matter what they “said,” or what I believe “might” be true. They are not anti-Semitic. — exactly. In many ways, they are the original anti-Semites.
I can’t imagine them accepting me. Or anyone who isn’t white and Christian. A Catholic might slip in, if he or she was willing to convert — which is easy since the Church of England is considered a “splinter group” from the original Roman Catholic. But you never know. The royal family doesn’t seem to have grown much. They are emotionally rigid and haven’t learned anything from their spectacular failure with Diana Spencer. Meghan assumed they must have learned something from that experience. She was wrong. I’ve never seen any evidence that Britain’s Royal Family has ever learned anything that was not on their preset “schedule.” As far as I can tell, they have never shown any interest in change, growth, learning or anything that the rest of us think are “normal” signs of adult maturity. The Royals are not normal.
I don’t believe Meghan was quite that naïve, but maybe she was so eager to believe because she so badly wanted it to be true. She apparently doesn’t read which can be a serious impediment when you need to do any kind of research.
As for the mental games they played and their failure to protect her or even protect Harry? That I believe. They are incredibly stodgy and insanely rich. There is nobody whiter, more Church of England, less emotionally intuitive or willing to try something new or different. Their lives are structured so that from toddlerhood on, they’ve never had to deal with real-life issues that bedevil the rest of we mortals. Even had I loved Harry to the ends of the earth, never would I have imagined this family would accept me, support me, or find me interesting or even mildly entertaining.
So I believe she meant what she said, but I find it very hard to believe she honestly expected anything better than what she got. Sometimes, you need to accept that you aren’t going to win this battle. If she did expect something else, it was because she was living in her own world of make-believe. It looks like they’ve gotten free of it, so hopefully, they’ll stay married. I’d hate to see them trying to divide their property in California.