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Last month, I thought Piers may have turned a corner.
He seemed to have lost interest in Meghan and Harry, and even went head to head with Trump’s friend and attorney, Rudy “truth isn’t truth” Giuliani, over the American president’s appalling reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.
I mean, sure, it was probably just his way of trying to distance himself from the man he formerly cited as a friend whenever the opportunity arose, but he got points for not being a tool for five minutes.
Those points are now being rescinded. Piers is back with a vengeance and spewing his bile at the royal couple again in his regular Daily Mail column.
Before we go into his latest rant, we need to look at what he was reacting to.
Harry and Meghan, who are president and vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, spoke to young people via video link from their new home in Los Angeles, following their recent vocal campaign work in the Black Lives Matter movement:
Piers took issue with the above.
I’ve seen less disconcerting hostage videos.
That was my thought this morning as I watched Prince Harry staring blankly into a camera and lecturing the world – yet again – on our need to face up to our privilege.
As he spoke about why we all have to right the wrongs of the past, his wife Meghan stared intently at him, boring her eyes into his skull as if she was virtually transporting her own pre-programmed thought processes into his brain.
Okay, so Piers is angry that Harry and Meghan have spoken out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, he doesn’t want to confront his privilege, and he seems to think that Harry has been brainwashed into taking a stand against systemic racism.
He then goes on to show everyone that he is in fact ‘woke’ and understands the need for racial equality, but doesn’t think that Meghan, a black woman, has the right to talk about it.
But he does:
Meghan’s next claim: ‘Equality does not put anyone on the back foot, it puts us all on the same footing – which is a fundamental human right.’
The essence of this assertion is entirely correct.
But there’s something quite breathtakingly unedifying about a very rich deeply privileged Duchess banging on about equality from her $20 million borrowed mansion in Hollywood.
Next up – Piers says that the pandemic has put “fame-hungry attention-seeking narcissistic celebrities firmly back in their boxes”. He doesn’t count himself among those who have been, or need to be, re-boxed.
He seems to think that because Meghan and Harry didn’t immediately hop on a plane back to Britain when COVID-19 took hold, they don’t care about the country.
He then describes the house that they’re currently staying in.
The house is an eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom Tuscan-style villa, which sits on 22 acres on the top of a hill in the ultra-exclusive Beverly Ridge Estates guard-gated community, offering sweeping views of the city from the backyard and with a massive swimming pool as its centrepiece feature.
It’s hard to imagine a more luxurious or spacious place to spend lockdown.
Because Buckingham Palace is a hut.
“It’s not going to be easy”, said Harry, ‘and in some cases it’s not going to be comfortable – but it needs to be done, because guess what, everybody benefits.’
Again, there’s nothing inaccurate about that statement, especially when applied to racism.
(Though his direct attack on the Commonwealth for its racist colonial wrongs suggests a poor grasp of history given it was formed in 1932 to bring an end to the British Empire and make amends for all the racist colonial wrongs with the British Empire.)
But it didn’t really bring an end to things, did it? The lingering effects of British colonialism still persist in former colonies today. I think Piers needs to brush up on his history.
Finally, Piers says that he “really didn’t want to write about Meghan and Harry today”.
If only he’d followed that instinct and spared us all his whining.
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