I want to like this post but am not sure I fully agree with it. Royalty is outdated and overly privileged, but it is what it is, and everyone knows that. It is not known as "The Firm" for nothing. Anyone with an ounce of sense should know what they are letting themselves in for when they join it, but they are either too naive, or so arrogant that they think they can change it (perhaps Meghan can be excused as she, as an American, has clearly not done her research).Oh its all just a misunderstanding -
When the powers that be told Harry and Megs that they needed to "Work a little harder" on their 'Royal Deportment' -
They got the wrong end of the stick and decided to fuq off Stateside, before the immigration officials turned up...
Of course on first sighting the tabloid press lauded Meghan as a ' breath of fresh air ', after all the usual stuffy nonsense, and tightly buttoned up coats - (oh and 'that tricky business' with Andrew)
But then - outrageously !! She and him, started having 'opinions' - 'preferences' even, about their privacy - and worse still voicing them -!!
Well now, that won't do will it ??
I guess Harry naively believed that the press would try to behave decently towards his new wife, after the shameful way they treated his mother -
But then the tabloid press has a seemingly insatiable appetite for insinuating gossip, and soap opera, underpinned with no small amount of double standard sexism, and mild to moderate racism - so they couldn't help themselves getting 'stuck in' really could they ?? .
The whole 'royal family' shebang is ridiculous outdated nonsense anyhow - but to my mind, this current episode serves to illustrate how just pointless and harmful, both to individuals and to this supposedly 'modern' nation the whole 'monarchy' cavalcade really is.
You have to take the whole package or none of it. I would put Meghan and Di as naive in that they probably had romantic ideals at the start but Di couldn't see or accept that she was just the well-bred virgin bride to provide an heir and spare for the future king, and Meghan just couldn't take the restrictions that are part of the job description. I don't fully agree with your point about voicing their opinions as I believe that, like many celebrities, their opinions were little more than platitudes or homilies that we used to get from contestants in Miss World.
As for the press/media everyone knows the damage they can do. I don't know if they will fare any better if they figuratively bare all for Oprah Winfrey, but I find it ironic that the one thing that is giving them so much money and exposure in the US is their link to the very establishment they are trying to escape from in the UK. I hope they make a success over there by their skills and abilities rather than their celebrity.
I don't particularly mind having a ceremonial Queen/King to wheel out now and again for state occasions but I do object to the huge amount of hangers-on, within which category I place Harry/Meghan, and feel that they have made the right choice both for them and the Royal family in the long run. Provided they stay together of course, as Royal & Hollywood marriages don't always have a long shelf life.