Sussexes take swipes at Prince William, the King and the tabloid press in first three episodes of their new show
Yes, this is only one side of the story, but it is the truth as seen by both Harry and Meghan.
It is clear that Harry has and still is suffering from the life and death of his Mother, Princess of Wales. To exist in the Royal Family Institution one has, to a large extent, curb ones individual personality and the ability live their own lives without scrutiny from the Press, public opinion, and the rules and standing etiquete of the institution of the Royal Family. Not many of us would have the ability and will to do so. Those born into it have little choice other than to leave completely and with others who may join not really understanding what is required.
The Institution does need to change if it is to survive and over the years some change has been seen, but exceedingly slowly.
Harry has always been one who wished to go his own way which many second in-line have done, but not with the degrees of scrutiny of today with Social Media and many devices to record events, which previously would only have been done by the official news media.
Meghan also is one who wishes to live her life and really didn’t understand what was expected in joining the institution, similar to Diana, but more so. There are always difficulties in joining new families, but when in the ‘spotlight’ and restrictive practices of the Royal Family this was much harder and even more so under thed Lens of the Media. But the Royal Family also didn’t know how to deal with Meghan and in many respects was not willing to learn. Many in the Family have learnt what to do from a very early age and be compliant. Other Royal Families have learnt much more that the UK Royal Family and exist in a much watered down way or don;t exist at all.
These days changes happen quickly, but the UK Royal Family are much slower to change if they really wish to, but for them to really survive change will need to be achieved.
With Meghan there were real opporunities for change, but that could now have gone forever.
Racial issues were always going to be a problem, for there are issues, no matter what is being said there arn’t. The whole fabric of the Institution was created through racial discrimination, from, perhaps, well before the Colonial years. While some changes have occurred more needs to change. Also, no matter what has gone before does not mean it should continue, so even though members of the Family have been dealt with in some ways, there is no reason why these ways should continue, especially with the changes already occurring in the wider Society.
Even the Comonwealth is changing as although it is supposed to be an alliance, at times it is very unequal and a number of countries are looking to leave or be members on different terms.
Change is not one sided and all sides need to be open to change, which I fear the Royal Family are not.
Source: Harry and Meghan Netflix documentary – all the key moments and the 11 things we’ve learnt