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How Meghan, the Wicked Witch of Windsor, killed the queen

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Azubuike Ishiekwene is the editor-in-chief at Leadership Media Group.

The attacks on Meghan Markle are coordinated and targeted for reasons that her attackers find convenient to deny — Meghan is not like one of them.

The only thing that compares in recent tweet villainy with the post of US-based Nigerian Professor Uju Anya on Queen Elizabeth II, was perhaps the visit of the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, to Windsor Castle. Yet, after her ordeal even Anya is back, recuperating from the injury inflicted by the hounds and five days in Twitter jail (in case you missed it, Prof Anya tweeted to her approximately 70,000 followers that “I heard the chief monarch of a thieving, raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating”).

If large sections of the British press needed any proof that Meghan killed the queen, her Saturday visit to Windsor confirmed it.

There is no need to question how. About three weeks ago, the Duchess started a Podcast, Archetypes with Meghan. It’s a personal, chatty rendition of her odyssey, a tour of her growing up years and how she became the woman she is today. Except if you were born with a silver spoon in her mouth like the Saints of Fleet Street, you probably have a story like Meghan’s — messy, complicated and happy, with all the ups and downs — just plain human stuff.

It’s all there in the three episodes of Archetypes so far released by Meghan. I never knew such stories could hurt a fly until I read a vile jab by a British journalist that said Meghan’s podcast, which she only started in August, could have complicated the queen’s misery in her final days and perhaps led to her death.

In case you didn’t listen to any of it, the first episode on Spotify was about Serena Williams and the double standards women face when they’re labelled “ambitious”. The second was about Mariah Carey, whom she calls the “grand dame of our time”. And the third and final episode on 6 September, two days before the queen died, was a conversation with Mindy Kaling about the stigmas, joys and challenges of her life as a single, unmarried woman — the singleton, as she calls it.

Megxit obsession

Of course, we all know Meghan — the divorcee of mixed race who is three years older than Prince Harry. We know Meghan, an actress who has seen a bit of the world from California to Johannesburg and from Vancouver to Buenos Aires. We also know that the Windsors never quite liked that 2021 television interview hosted by Oprah Winfrey featuring Meghan and the Duke of Sussex, Harry.

She’s not exactly a piece of royal decoration and has never pretended to be. How sharing the story of her life — the lived experience of millions in her position — has become the death of the queen, takes the Megxit obsession in the British press to a whole new level. 

For nearly three days this week, #GoHomeMeghanMarkle was in trend. And it all came to a head on Saturday when Meghan and Harry, in company with the Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate, had a walkabout to greet crowds gathered to mourn the queen outside Windsor Castle.  

Of all that happened on that eventful day and the scores, if not hundreds, that Meghan and her husband met and greeted and shared a moment with, what got the mojo of the editors at the Daily Mail going was one woman in the crowd who refused to shake Meghan’s hand because she seemed unhappy with her attendance.

It was just the moment Megxiteers were waiting for. They made a song and dance of that awkward moment, all of which was to confirm, among other things, that this Witch of Windsor indeed killed the grand old queen.

The Mail, leading the pack, reminded us of how the monarchy may have been saved by a last-minute decision to exclude Meghan from family members who gathered before the queen’s death was formally announced at Balmoral. Meghan had initially set out with Harry, but when it dawned on Prince Charles that her presence could impede the queen’s Flight of Bliss, Harry was advised to leave his wife behind.

Even in what was supposed to be a moment of shared family grief, Meghan just couldn’t seem to do anything right. No one was prepared to cut her some slack or find a place in their hearts to grant that this woman had just lost her grandmother-in-law, too.

Assailed

As journalists assailed her in print and special TV shows, she was not spared in the tweetosphere. “Meghan Markle’s own father,” one @SylvSnopsis said, “nearly died of a stroke and she hasn’t even bothered to call him… watching her swan around Windsor shaking hands and pretending to be sad after making the queen’s final years a misery is sickening.”

Oh wow! If Meghan called her father in distress, would she have been obliged to inform this tweep and perhaps also ask for advice about a good time for the next chat?

It’s useless to pretend that Meghan did not have a difficult relationship with the queen or that she may not have underestimated her bargain when she agreed to marry into one of the world’s most traditional and conservative families. As I’ve said elsewhere, the Windsors were not expecting Rachel Zane of Suits, certainly not after Diana. But Meghan is not Kate Middleton and she never pretended to be.

All this nonsense about Meghan being the death of the queen by trashing the monarchy and complicating the queen’s misery in her final years conveniently ignores the less than inspiring lives of other members of the royal family in that time.

Let’s leave Princess Anne’s headline-making moments in the closet. Prince Andrew has been involved in all kinds of controversies from allegations of receiving dodgy payments for a passport application from a Turkish millionaire and being friends with Ghadaffi to being a paedophile.


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In fact, the last one which outraged rights groups around the world, forced the queen to strip him of all royal duties. On a misery scale of one to 10, I’m not so sure where that stands in comparison with Meghan’s obstinacy.

And even King Charles III, the new successor to the throne, has not exactly been Mama’s good boy in recent times, has he? Only in June, when the queen could have used some good news about the royals, Charles collected bags of cash containing about €3-million from a Qatari politician during a meeting. The money was apparently for charity causes, but the sight of the heir apparent hauling bags of cash from the Qatari sheikh could hardly have made the queen proud.

Meghan hate is not a deep-rooted British sentiment reserved for an American brat who does not know her place and doesn’t care. Nor does it make sense behaving like folks from my neck of the woods who would say, even at the passing of a 120-year-old, that “the enemies have done their worst.”

Coordinated attacks

The attacks on Meghan are coordinated and targeted for reasons her attackers find convenient to deny — Meghan is not like one of them. 

In 2021, Bot Sentinel, a Twitter analysis service, reported that more than 114,000 tweets about Meghan and Harry revealed a campaign of targeted harassment and 83 accounts were responsible for about 70% of the negative content. The service also found that the majority of the hate and misinformation about Meghan and Harry originated from a small group of accounts with the same purpose — to tweet negatively about the couple. 

This time, however, the hate appears to be fuelled by something darker — the fear that Harry’s forthcoming book (read Meghan-instigated onslaught) — could be a tell-all on the monarchy, especially the queen’s era.

Although the publication was due in November, after the queen’s death, the Daily Mail quoted sources that it could be delayed beyond Christmas. The press has continued to fuel suspicion that it could well be the book that finally destroys the House of Windsor. But it’s just what it is for now — suspicion.

The queen lived a good, full life — one that despite its joys and pains was by no means less revolutionary by the standards of the time. She was the first monarch to allow her coronation to be televised live and the first to create equality in succession, eliminating generations of testosterone-driven patriarchy.

These changes were just as extraordinary as those added on by Princess Diana upon which Meghan is laying her own unique bricks. Diversity, even iconoclasticism, need not be such a bad thing.

Whatever may have been the queen’s frustrations about how her children, grandchildren or in-laws turned out are common to all parents, as I’m sure Meghan and Harry will find when their own children come of age. DM

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  • Peter Doble says:

    Kicking the Windsor’s in the privates is free game, but to try bringing the Associated Newspapers’ Daily Mail to court is guaranteed a slow assassination by a 1000 strokes of a red nibbled quill.

  • Jane Crankshaw says:

    Correction : TheDuchess of Sussex ( a titled not earned but freely given) was NOT disinvited by Prince Charles to visit the queen on her deathbed….none of the family’s partners were given the nod! Please don’t try and change reality to garner sympathy for your obviously racist take on Markles trials and tribulations – bought on by herself and her weak but very sweet husband! There are no flies on Megan…she’s way to wily an actress to let that happen ( in my opinion!)

  • Ian Callender-Easby says:

    Ja, well, no fine.

  • Derek Taylor says:

    I think this article and content, some true, some false and mostly unobjectively, is unbecoming from the editor-in-chief at Leadership Media Group. Makes you think about the Leadership Media Group?

  • David Bristow says:

    Megan has pigment, therefore is sanctified. No matter she is a shameless publicity seeker and social climber. As members of her own family note: Megan gets what Megan wants.

  • Alan Jeffrey says:

    Couldn’t be bothered to read the whole article but Meghan Markle is a jumped up nobody and Harry is an idiot who should have his titles removed. Race has absolutely nothing to do with it. For me one thing sticks out about this woman’s character-her father had a stroke and she has made zero effort to visit or contact him.

  • jeyezed says:

    What a load of nonsense.

  • Lindi Van Niekerk says:

    I’m quite stunned by some of the comments about the article. There is a long record of some of the tabloid British press being ruthless and destructive. I have no strong opinions about Meghan as I don’t think I know her well enough, however, I think she has been vilified by many Britons and the British press. Why should she have a relationship with a father that has told his pitiful story to the highest bidder? What kind of father makes the comments he has about his own daughter regardless of the alleged injury his daughter caused him? Why is it okay for him to trash his daughter publicly but not okay for her to act in her best interests?
    Surely there is something to be said for her attending the funeral, participating in walkabouts, especially given how acrid the sentiment against her? I tend to agree that she simply can do no right in the eyes of “The Firm” and many members of the public.

    • Alan Jeffrey says:

      The simple truth is she signed up for the job with The Firm and then abandoned ship and in the process vilified her husband’s family playing the really tired race card! They are both empty headed, self-important opportunists who will live on grudges for the rest of their meaningless lives.
      Just saying…

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