Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States.
They didn’t say that in so many words.
But it’s very clear from a video message they released through Time magazine last night how they want the election results to go and it’s not in the direction of Donald Trump.
Meghan, a US citizen and noted Trump hater (she called him a ‘divisive’ and a ‘misogynist’ and once told me herself how much she hated him) said, ‘We are only six weeks away from election day and today is National Voter Registration Day. Every four years we are told the same thing, that this is the most important election of our lives. But this one is. ‘
She added: ‘When we vote, our values are translated into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter, because you do, and you deserve to be heard. ‘
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have spoken out on the upcoming US election, in a stark departure from British tradition of banning royal involvement in politics
Harry, after saying that he cannot vote in the United States and, like other royals, cannot vote in UK elections, he urged Americans to vote, saying online negativity. When the bad outweighs the good, for many, it affects our ability to have compassion and our ability to put ourselves in the shoes of others, whether we realize it or not. Because when a person buys negativity online, the effects are felt exponentially. It’s time to not just reflect, but act. ‘
While they’ve never mentioned Biden’s name, it’s crystal clear whose side they’re on and it’s not the guy sitting in the White House tweeting hateful, insincere rhetoric 24/7.
By expressing themselves in such a brutally partisan way, they’ve crossed a massive line that should now have serious repercussions for the couple who specialize in wanting their royal cake and the freedom to eat it.
The Royals don’t do politics.
At least not in public.
It’s one of the ironclad rules of being a member of the royal family – that you don’t spit out your own political views for public consumption, as doing so would damage the integrity of the monarchy.
In the video, Meghan said: ‘When we vote, our values are translated into action and our voices are heard. Your voice reminds you that you matter because you do, and you deserve to be heard ‘
The Queen’s official website states: “As the head of state, the queen must remain strictly neutral on political issues.”
This is because Her Majesty deals with governments of every political affiliation, both at home and abroad, and should be viewed as scrupulously impartial to all of them.
Queen Elizabeth II forcibly protected this neutrality during her 65-year reign, never once expressed a political opinion or identified with any ideology.
Of course, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have an opinion.
In her weekly private meeting with the 14 British Prime Ministers who have served under her, she regularly tells them exactly what she thinks.
But she never expresses those views publicly.
Let alone meddle in the politics of another country that is not even a member of its beloved Commonwealth.
It is a rule that other members of the royal family have generally followed diligently, knowing that it would make the life of the queen extremely difficult to express partisan opinion in public.
But it looks like Meghan and Harry didn’t get the memo.
Or rather, they have it, but they don’t want to hold on to it.
Queen Elizabeth II forcibly protected this neutrality during her 65-year reign, never once expressed a political opinion or identified with any ideology. She is pictured with Trump in June 2019 during his state visit
The royal rules, as they have repeatedly made it clear, are simply not for them and so they left the royal family at the beginning of this year in a conflagration of self-aggrandizing publicity to ‘find freedom’.
Only they didn’t leave the royal family at all.
They just stopped the boring stuff, like they had to go to a retirement home on a wet winter Wednesday.
However, they retained many of their royal titles, probably far more than anyone realizes.
For example, Harry remains a Prince of the United Kingdom, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, the Duke of Sussex, the Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.
Meghan, meanwhile, remains a Princess of the United Kingdom, Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex, Countess of Dumbarton and Baroness Kilkeel.
They are very proud of these titles.
Indeed, their website ‘sussexroyal.com’ is entitled, ‘The Official Website of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.’
Despite all their constant talk of “equality,” they deliberately brand themselves as royals, perhaps the most elite, unequal, privileged group of people on the planet.
And they do that because it makes them immensely commercially attractive to people like Netflix, who just spent a $ 150 million rumor getting them to wake up documentaries.
Markle has made her stance on the 2020 election clear in a number of appearances over the past few weeks and expressed her enthusiasm for the Democratic ticket
But keeping the royal titles prevents them from sticking their noses in the political trough, as they have now.
Especially Harry, who is a British citizen and sixth in line to the throne of the British monarchy.
In other words, it is possible – though fortunately very unlikely – that he will ever become king.
To explain how this could happen in brutally simplistic hypothetical terms, if the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and William’s three children are all killed in a terrorist attack, we automatically get King Harry.
So everything he does and says could have tremendous significance if he were ever the monarch.
But here he is, the Queen’s grandson, telling the Americans to vote against President Trump – the man the Queen paid an official state visit to the UK last year.
Harry’s comments have already gone down like a cup of cold vomit to Trump supporters who think he should keep his royal horn out of their election.
And I don’t blame them for being angry.
A lot of Brits like me are angry too.
It is downright scandalous that two members of the royal family are abusing their position and embarrassing their country in such a blatant way.
And I would say the exact same thing if they suggested a preference for Trump over Biden.
As I’ve said many times, Meghan and Harry can do and say whatever the hell they like as long as they don’t live off the UK tax dollars or trade in their royal titles.
A few weeks ago they announced that they will now be financially independent, which, if true, is good news that should have lasted a long time.
But they cannot remain royals and take political sides as they do now.
On their website, the Sussexes proclaim: ‘As they move to join the Royal Family, with financial independence, their commitment to The Monarch is resolute, and they strive to continue flying the flag for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as named on. ‘
Nice words, but what about those who are now deliberately causing a political firestorm by instructing American voters on how to vote in an election?
Their typically self-serving intervention has damaged the royal family’s reputation for neutrality, and that obviously makes the queen’s life more difficult.
It also makes a mockery of the Sussex’s stated motivation to give up on royal duty, which, as their website states, was to ‘lead a more independent life as a family, through the alleged justification of’ public interest ‘to media burglary into their lives. ‘.
There can be no greater “public interest” justification for media intrusion than two leading royals trying to influence the outcome of an election.
And they are not ‘independent’ at all, they are still royals with royal titles giving them huge earning potential.
The bottom line is this: if they don’t want to play by the royal rules, they have to give up all of their royal titles.
This is, of course, about as likely as they would stop lecturing us about equality from their $ 15 million California mansion.
So Meghan and Harry have now left the Queen without a choice: she must take their titles from them before they do any more damage.
The integrity and neutrality of the monarchy demands it.