It’s only been ten months since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were leaving the British royal family in search of “privacy” — yet they have never been so much in our faces, sanctimoniously and hypocritically telling us how to live and who to vote for, all while signing a reported $100 million deal with Netflix.
Also, Markle is reportedly eyeing a run for president of the United States in 2024.
Yes, this formerly unknown C-list actress who couldn’t hack the cosseted existence of a senior royal, whose entire adult life has been spent in search of a spotlight she now claims to disdain, thinks she has the grit, intellect and real-world experience necessary for the top job.
“She would seriously consider running for president,” a close friend of Markle’s told Vanity Fair last month. This short-term goal was, the source said, “one of the reasons she was so keen not to give up her American citizenship” upon marrying into the royal family two years ago.
Does anyone remotely think Harry is running this show? Not even our current president buys that.
“Not a fan,” Trump said of Markle at a recent White House press conference. “I wish a lot of luck to Harry, because he’s going to need it.”
This is, I think, one thing we can all agree upon with Trump.
To look at Harry’s posture and facial expressions in any of the numerous videos he and Meghan keep foisting on a nation in lockdown — truly, what have we done to deserve this? — is to see a hostage situation.
Take a recent video from Sept. 23, produced in conjunction with Time magazine: Harry and Meghan in their vast backyard, a sleek black dog gamboling through lush background greenery, Harry twitching as Meghan explains to us, in gobbledygook-Oprah-speak, why this presidential election is more important than any other (not-so-subtle subtext: Don’t vote for Donald Trump).
“It’s time to not only reflect, but act.” This #NationalVoterRegistrationDay, join #Time100 alumni Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in taking action for the future. pic.twitter.com/JerXHxiZK3
— ABC (@ABCNetwork) September 23, 2020
Also, how voting can raise our self-esteem.
“When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard,” says Meghan, that ever-present expression of smug, beatific self-satisfaction fixed to her face. “Your voice is a reminder that you matter. Because you do, and you deserve to be heard.”
Thanks for that.
An uncomfortable-looking Harry follows up by telling us he’s “not going to be able to vote here in the US.”
You don’t say?
This get-out-the-vote video is just one example of how exhausting these two have quickly become. Their hypocrisy, like their lack of self-awareness, is limitless. Hey — who would you most like to hear speak about Black Lives Matter? It’s got to be Harry and Megs, sitting in front of three well-placed bird’s nest prints ($360 per) in their $14 million mansion in Montecito, right?
Here’s Harry describing the “awakening” he’s undergone since marrying the biracial Meghan: “You know, when you go in to a shop with your children and you only see white dolls, do you even think, ‘That’s weird, there is not a black doll there?’ ”
This insufferable brain trust has been rendered more so by greed. It’s not enough that Harry has a reported net worth of $25-to-$40 million, or that Prince Charles was, until very recently, reportedly funding them, or that pre-pandemic they were demanding $1 million in speaking fees, or that they embarrassed themselves by publicly ambushing Bob Iger and Jon Favreau at a movie premiere, begging for an acting gig for Meghan. To say nothing of an hagiography called “Finding Freedom,” a book so detailed and so pro-Sussex it’s hard to believe the couple, despite their denials, didn’t fully cooperate with the authors.
All the while, peddling the line that they just want to be private philanthropists.
To that end, Meghan showed up on “America’s Got Talent” last week for no discernable reason, and Harry and Meghan just announced that $100-million-dollar deal with Netflix.
“Making inspirational family programming,” they said in a statement, “is important to us.” Uh-huh. They droned on about “the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience, and the need for connection. Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.”
In other words, stuff no one wants to watch. Let’s get real: The most buzzed-about doc on Netflix right now is about a South African man who falls in love with an octopus (“My Octopus Teacher,” truly a must-see).
Meghan may be many things, but she’s no dummy. She knows what the people want to see. Is it any surprise that Meghan and Harry secretly filmed behind palace walls, pre-Megxit, with an eye toward a Netflix deal, as the Daily Mail reported last week?
But no reality show, never.
“Netflix obviously want their pound of flesh,” a source told The Sun, adding that the couple agreed to be filmed for three months to “give people a glimpse into their lives.”
Not so, say Harry and Meghan — and of course, why not believe them? All they want — really, they swear — is privacy.