The Crown Jewels Are Worth $4 Billion
I never pretend to be a great writer, but I try hard. There are times when I think of a crazy story and how to weave as much emotion as possible into my words, but I’m never fully satisfied. Some of life’s situations are so ridiculous and outrageous that all I can do is smile and tip my hat in respect. One great example is the reality TV event CBS TV put together with Oprah Winfrey. It captured 17.1 million people, 34 million eyeballs (give or take), and that spectacle exceeded any collection of words I could possibly string together, but I’ll give it a shot.
During the interview, Meghan revealed that Harry had been party to several conversations about how dark their unborn baby was going to be, “…and what that would mean or look like.” She paused and then declined to name anyone on the other side of the conversation saying, “I think that would be very damaging to them.” Oprah had this look that was simply amazing. It was the repulsed look of not understanding how beyond rich and entitled people could hold such harsh racism.
Meghan is smart and quickly added that 65% of the commonwealth is populated with people of color. But wait, when did the word “colony” get replaced with the passive word, commonwealth? After all, none of the colonized people shared wealth with those in the House of Lords. Should you have forgotten, there was a time when “Great” Britain owned Egyptian Sudan, Bechuanaland (Botswana), East Africa (Kenya), British Somaliland (Somaliland), Gold Coast (Ghana), Colonial Nigeria, Niger Coast Protectorate, Union of South Africa, Sultanate of Zanzibar (insular Tanzania) and exploited these lands and their peoples for valuable resources. Oh, we must also not forget about Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Bangladesh. India, Pakistan, Burma (Myanmar) and Ceylon (Sri Lanka). How did that turn out?
If it surprises you that we mostly hear about Australia, New Zealand and Canada, it’s because the people of the other lands eventually figured out they had been colonized and treated like less than free people. They then threw off the yoke of their oppressor. One doesn’t have to go too far back to realize that a twenty-something Queen and her late father were involved in many of those oppressive moves. Because of her home office’s decisions on borders and slow-moving independence lots of people got hurt.
The 1947 partitioning of India was a colossal failure. Although the agreement with the United Kingdom required no relocation, more than fifteen million people moved or were forced to move, and some experts believe some two million died in the ensuing violence. They were good at taking over a country but terrible at getting out.
It’s no surprise that “The Firm” failed to protect the grandson of the Queen and his American wife from the torture of the U.K. tabloid press. They certainly get away with a lot of bullshit and lies. The idea that the royal family was worried about Meghan and Harry’s baby being too black is just more proof that everything we saw in the TV series The Crown is most likely true. Racism thriving in the U.K. is no surprise to this writer.
We have a similar problem here in the States. Donald Trump, you know, that loser who used to be president, is a racist. Oh, he never admitted it directly, but consider this quote, “You know the suburbs, people fight all of their lives to get into the suburbs and have a beautiful home. There will be no more low-income housing forced into the suburbs. It’s been hell for suburbia.” He then went on to brag that his action would increase the value of their homes. Okay, “their” homes? Right, white peoples’ homes. Who lives in low-income housing? Right again, the people who walk to work and do the manual labor around suburbia that “they” don’t want to do. By the way, that is the most racist statement from any president in more than fifty years.
I have mixed emotions about Harry and Meghan. On one hand, I am happy they got out of a totally dysfunctional family and situation. There is nothing that will ever cure the myopic concepts of royalty and that “institutional” form of government. I was amazed they have a Human Resources department in the castle. Posh, but someone telling the wife of a prince she couldn’t get medical treatment for depression was, quite frankly, depressing. Even Tony Soprano, the head of a mafia family, had a shrink. On the other hand, this cry baby stuff about losing their security detail while living at Tyler Perry’s house felt a bit hollow.
Prior to Harry and Meghan becoming financially independent, the wealth-tracking site celebritynetworth.com estimated that Prince Harry was worth $40 million, a sum he accumulated from funds left in trust to him by his mother, Princess Diana, as well as an inheritance from the Queen Mother that reportedly included her jewels. So, they have enough money to live like a… well, like a baby King and Queen. I say sell the jewels and start living your life. While we might feel sorry for The Firm not wanting the new baby to be too brown, the good news for America is there will be many dinner table discussions about why a white Prince and a mixed-race actress were treated so poorly.
After centuries of commanding black people around the world to do their dirty work, this recently revealed racism should surprise no one. In the early 1990s, the House of Lords wrote a law prohibiting certain radio stations from playing rhythmic African music under the belief that doing so would stir up emotions and lead to more crime and disruption of public life.
The goal of my sarcasm is pushing a bigger question into the light of day. Why is the United Kingdom still a kingdom? What I would suggest is that they all get together, sell the crown jewels and feed people. Those jewels are worth billions, that’s a lot of pizza. They also need to write a damn constitution so that they will no longer have to spend so much money on all their royal microbes. Yes, they do not have a formal written constitution.
Did you know the royal family’s real last name is Mountbatten with many Russian and German ancestors? They decided to change their last name because they were ashamed of being German during WWII. Yeah, the royal family wasn’t even British or Anglo-Saxon, they were immigrants. It’s funny how things work out. Meghan and Harry are doing more than being spoiled kids, they are doing what Princess Diana should have completed years ago. They are finishing her work of destroying the royal family. When I look at Prince Charles and Prince William, my only thought is God save the country!
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