What Happened to Empathy? Meghan Markle’s Detractors Sound Like Jerks.
I’ve never been much of a Royal watcher. From the horrible tragedies to the fantastical weddings, it was all a saga I hadn’t spent much time studying. I’ve been told by more than one person that I must watch “The Crown” to get the gist.
So when I tuned in to Oprah’s interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, I didn’t have any expectations. I was watching because I knew everyone would be talking about it the next day.
Needless to say, the revelations about the inner workings of “the Firm,” or the royal family and its staff, were shocking, horrifying, stomach-churning. Navigating the near-constant scrutiny of the British press seems impossible. And it seems clear that racism is still pervasive in some of the most “enlightened” corners of the planet.
But what struck me most was listening to Meghan describe her mental health anguish — her hopelessness, her crippling depression, her thoughts of suicide, and her lack of support.
Her experience — even though it’s almost impossible to relate to the American-turned-Princess — was nonetheless all too familiar to me, and to anyone who’s battled those same issues.
Whatever your preconceived notions of Meghan and the royal family — and I had none — it seemed like unquestioning empathy was the only plausible reaction one could have.
The cruel condemnations flooded in. Most famously, Piers Morgan, the now FORMER television host who was once jilted by Markle, waged an all-out assault on the pregnant mother the day after her interview. He called her story “vile destructive self-serving nonsense.” He accused her of lying, saying “I don’t believe a word she says. I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report,” to which his incredulous co-host responded, “That’s a pathetic reaction to someone who has expressed those [suicidal] thoughts.”
Meanwhile his own fragility was on full display when he walked off the set of his morning show for being confronted about his obsession with tearing this woman down.
Over in the states, plenty joined Piers in the pile-on. Fox News host Tucker Carlson referred to the couple as “Prince Whatever-His-Name-Is and his angry wife from Los Angeles.” He reduced her account of the ongoing attacks from within the royal family and the press to: “Here’s this royal person, one of the most famous and fawned-over people in the world telling Oprah that she was incredibly wounded because she got into some kind of petty argument about dresses with her sister-in-law at her wedding three years ago.” Not the racism, the lack of support, the betrayals from her own family and her new one, the isolation and loneliness, the fears for her safety and the safety of her child — no, just a rich woman whining about dresses.