The British tabloid media is the main villain in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s docuseries, and while there are definitely parts of the show that aren’t as strong as others, they do a great job of establishing how closely the British Monarchy is tied to colonialism and the tabloid media.

 

They also effectively make the case that tabloids’ relentless targeting of Meghan has emboldened white supremacists and fomented a campaign of hate and harassment against her that could have dangerous consequences. It is not hyperbolic when she and Harry say they are afraid for their family, for their children, and the tabloids proved it again this weekend when The Sun ran an op-ed written by Jeremy Clarkson that included this passage:

“Meghan, though is a different story. I hate her. Not like I hate Nicola Sturgeon or Rose West. I hate her on a cellular level. 

At night, I'm unable to sleep as I lie there, grinding my teeth and dreaming of the day when she is made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds chant, “Shame!” and throw lumps of excrement at her.”

Jeremy Clarkson has been widely criticised: 

 

One of his critics is his own daughter, Emily: 

And, by the way, Rose West is a serial killer who, along with her husband, murdered at least 12 girls. Jeremy is lumping Meghan and Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, in with that company in his misogynistic and racist tirade. 

According to the BBC, 6000 complaints have been filed against The Sun for that article. A woman, Pauline, called into James O’Brien’s radio show today to share a story about how boys threw sh-t at her daughter when she was 14 and how Jeremy’s words only embolden the sick compulsions of the f-ckers who feel the same way he does. 

 

Jeremy, meanwhile, has posted a statement on Twitter that does not qualify as an apology, not even close. In fact, on a certain read it sounds more sarcastic than it does sincere. And The Sun still has that article up as of 10am ET on Monday, 19 December: 

Article from The Sun

That’s the part of the conversation that needs more attention. Because Jeremy Clarkson isn’t the only asshole here. There’s also an entire publication, with an editing team, that signed off on his piece. Several people would have read that, endorsed it, shrugged, and sent it to the printer. From the printer those pages are made available to hundreds of thousands of people. THAT is what the docuseries is exposing – the negligence and the nefarious intentions of the British tabloid media, their profound lack of responsibility. Where’s the f-cking energy in condemning this publication?! And those who continue to support it…

 

Oh wait, but that’s a tricky discussion too. Because Camilla, the Queen Consort, hosted a holiday party the other day. And guess who was invited? Jeremy Clarkson and Piers Morgan, and other members of the British tabloid media. Which, again, proves Harry and Meghan’s point about the invisible contract and the collusion between the British royal family and the tabloid press. 

This is the family Prince Harry was describing. This is the family he left. And even if you don’t like him and Meghan, how can you not see why he would want away from these people?!