It’s Not Going to Be Easy, It’s Not Going to Be Comfortable, But it Needs to Be Done
The Royal Family can survive a lot.
They can survive flirting with fascism.
They can survive Princess Margaret in Antigua.
They can survive the decades-long monologue of racism by Prince Philip.
They can survive the treatment of Princess Diana.
They can survive allegations of large-scale tax evasion.
They can survive sex-scandals and divorce and being a dysfunctional family in the public glare.
They can survive being in a car crash that risked the life of a child.
They can survive watching Harry and Meghan being sculpted into ‘Social Justice Warrior Royals’ – an upgrade on the ‘Peoples Princess’ propaganda – and then being run out of Britain by a culture of racist tabloid fear and frenzy (when Brexit met Megxit).
They can survive throwing a party by Prince Andrew at the Queen’s Sandringham House estate for Ghislaine Maxwell’s 39th birthday (a “straightforward shooting weekend”).
They me even be able to survive Prince Andrew being exposed as someone who abused sex-trafficked under-age girls.
What they can’t survive is their own family members being exposed to self-reflection.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have said we must all acknowledge the “uncomfortable” past of the Commonwealth.
The Duke of Sussex said “it’s not going to be easy” but “it needs to be done”.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) July 6, 2020
As Britain teeters on the edge of multiple self-inflicted crises, revelations from Ghislaine Maxwell threaten the worst scandal for a family replete with disgraceful behaviour and the Queen enters her 95th year, the greatest threat remains Harry and Meghan’s glance backwards at Britain’s imperial past. Because the monarchy isn’t some marginal sideshow to the empire and the Commonwealth it’s at the very heart of that history.
The imminent release of royal correspondence in Australia (deemed “secret” – they were designated as “personal” records, and therefore exempt from the usual 30-year access rule and under embargo of the Queen)- linked to the dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam‘s Labour government in 1975, will call the role of the monarchy in modern Australia into question.
Read the full archive of “palace letters”, more than 200 exchanges between the Queen, her private secretary, Martin Charteris, and Sir John Kerr, Australia’s then-governor general, in the period leading up to Kerr’s hugely controversial dismissal of Gough Whitlam’s Labor government here.
In this suppressed episode Sir John Kerr dismissed without warning an elected government that held a clear parliamentary majority and appointed Malcolm Fraser, the Liberal leader. The role of the monarchy in Britain’s imperial past is not something about a remote past – a Victorian shame – but something that was live up to 1975.
Everything you know about the British Empire is a lie @GeorgeMonbiot
— Double Down News (@DoubleDownNews) July 14, 2020
The sort of cliche-ridden vague self-aggrandising posturing of Harry and Meghan is laughable. These are refugees from feudal privilege seeking asylum on the island of Instagram to pose as some kind of weird hybrid of lifestyle influencers / Social Justice Warriors by hijacking other peoples misery and reality.
If as has been argued the lefts demands for “defund the police” to “cancel rent” to “pass the Green New Deal” — are part of demands for a new society – then in Britain, and particularly in Scotland, it must also mean a call for Abolishing the Monarchy. The royal family have reinvented themselves over time, but the failure of the Harry/Meghan Re-Boot is significant and the collapse of Britain coincides with the collapse of the propaganda model of the monarchy is no coincidence.
It’s not going to be easy but it needs to be done.