"Why the public have received her so poorly could lie in the fact that the monarchy is uniquely British, and crucially, traditionally British."
The incident appears to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, the latest example of Markle’s continued negative press. Why the public have received her so poorly could lie in the fact that the monarchy is uniquely British, and crucially, traditionally British. Its supporters are older and more conservative than the average Briton, and perhaps look to the Royal family as a reminder of an era long-gone. A white, English, mega-rich cabal is the diametric opposite of today’s bend towards multi-culturalism, globalisation and social justice.
While undeniably rich, Meghan Markle is neither white nor English. Many see the institution that was supposed to be sealed off from these 21st century values as having been breached. She could well hold every single value that these royalists do – patriotism, conservatism, unveiling plaques – but they are unable to look past her demography, and instead, see her as different from what the monarchy represents and, worryingly, what they think it should be.
The Duchess of Sussex has been treated to an on-the-job crash-course in the vitriol that the British media are capable of spewing, and it’s been fuelled in no small part by her offending outmoded ideas about what Britain and its institutions ought to be. To deny cultural and racial prejudice played a role here would be foolish.