British monarchy silent as 'Megxit' unfolds

Amani Nilar | Published: 3:29 PM Mar 9 2021
World British monarchy silent as 'Megxit' unfolds

Britain’s monarchy kept its silence after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sparked a crisis by alleging that a family member made a racist remark about the colour of their son’s skin and that she was alienated to the point of contemplating suicide.

Foreign media reported that Queen Elizabeth wanted to take some time before the palace issued a response.

Opponents of the monarchy said the allegations made by Meghan and Harry showed just how rotten the institution was, although some royal supporters cast Meghan as a publicity seeker with an eye on Hollywood stardom.

But the gravity of the claims raised uncomfortable questions about how the British monarchy, which survived centuries of revolution that toppled their cousins, could function in a meritocratic world.

Meghan said her son Archie, who turns two in May, had been denied the title of prince because there were concerns within the royal family “about how dark his skin might be when he’s born”.

She declined to say who had voiced such concerns, as did Harry. Winfrey later told CBS that Harry had said it was not the queen or her 99-year-old husband Philip, who has been in hospital for three weeks while the crisis unfolds.

Harry said his family had cut them off financially, and his father Prince Charles had let him down and refused to take his calls at one point.

Amani Nilar | Published: 3:29 PM Mar 9 2021

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