BRITAIN does have a colonial past and a racist present and perhaps Meghan and Harry deserve credit for making us confront that.
It is only by confronting it that we can make the future better. It is doubtful, for instance, whether Buckingham Palace would have been so embarrassed by the Lady Sarah Hussey incident, or acted so speedily, if it had not been for Meghan and Harry chipping away in the background.
But the first three episodes of the Sussexes docuseries don’t provide any new bombshells with which to blow up Harry’s estranged family.
Perhaps they are saving them for the second volume; perhaps they are saving them for Harry’s book in the new year.
By all accounts, the episodes are beautifully made pieces of television, dripping in schmaltzy emotion – perfect for the American market even if us Brits find all the kissy stuff a bit yucky (as Meghan correctly observes, we don’t really do hugs).
But the couple seem not to see the contradictions in what they are doing. They claim to want privacy and yet are divulging their most intimate moments in the most hyped TV series of the decade; they claim to be victims of the media and yet are now using one of the most powerful media on the planet to explode unverified half truths to damage their family.
How long can it go on? How long can they talk about being victims of the family, the media, the monarchy, the formality before the audience grows tired? And if they do crave equality, now that they’ve stepped back for royal duties, why don’t they drop their duke and duchess vanity titles which come from a past riddled with difficulties?