What Harry and Meghan memes teach us about life
What makes Harry and Meghan memes so funny? When will Harry and Meghan inevitably divorce? Is it all a meaningless trivial sideshow, or a timely critique of vapid celebrity culture and the crude lionization of privilege?
Though you’d never be able to guess from their secretive, stoic public personas, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been Going Through Some Stuff this past year.
Should we care? I dunno. Maybe? Admittedly, a divorced woman in her late 30s rescuing a prince from his own self-made prison makes for a pretty unusual fairytale.
If nothing else, the parable of Harry and Meghan is another juicy episode in the age-old soap opera that is the British monarchy. Only difference between us and those folks in the 18th century making fun of George The Prince Regent’s fat ass? We have memes.
So what can Harry and Meghan memes teach us about life?
HARRY AND MEGHAN FLIRTING
Royal princes – or actresses, for that matter – rarely need to put much effort into the art of seduction. They’re already rich, high-status individuals, drawing on a dating pool that, handily for them, grew up watching Disney movies.
Which is just as well, given that Harry – this supposedly eligible icon of establishment superiority – saw fit to reproduce Spice Girls lyrics verbatim in his book.
Fortunately, of course, he found his equal (in terms of sheer basicness). Where? In the girl who announced her intentions via the medium of the doggy filter on Snapchat.
Truly, a romance for the ages.
MEGHAN AND HARRY FAMILY DRAMA
Arguably getting your phone out to film in the middle of a proposal is trashy, who are we to say. It’s all content at the end of the day, right?
It’s a shame what’s gone down with her dad, selling info about his little girl to make a few bucks.
Her mum went on TV too, didn’t she. And Harry happily told the world how he’s not even texting his brother any more. Is this setting a good example? Shouldn’t we do our best to build bridges and mend fences with our nearest and dearest.
Going after his stepmom Camilla – a woman who Brits have always known as ‘the mistress’ but now have to start calling ‘Queen’, which is super jarring – is a bit much.
But then she is fucking the head of state. She’s a big girl, is what we’re saying.
Watching a family of mildy-inbred posh people descend into chaos is undeniably delicious. Even people who hate the royals have to read about them constantly, like they’re all living in our heads rent free.
HARRY AND MEGHAN TODGER
It was rather bracing having to read about Harry smearing his ‘todger’ – that’s posh British for penis – with Elizabeth Arden soothing cream.
The same cream his dear departed mother used to smear all over her lips.
It’s that kind of dignity that’s maintained the British royalty and its associated institutions in an unbroken line going back a thousand years, I guess.
There’s also, of course, the grim spectre of racism. Do the British people hate Meghan because she’s half-black? Or mostly because she’s from California?
It’s difficult to see inside people’s hearts. The couple came out and defended professional sycophant Lady Susan Hussey, who asked a black person where she was ‘really from’.
Which is sweet and all, but Hussey was a ‘lady in waiting’, and so essentially a subordinate to them. Is this what noblesse oblige looks like in the 21st century?
HARRY AND MEGHAN HYPOCRISY
As South Park so deliciously highlighted, this prince who hates journalists more than any other sector of society has become – by writing a book detailing the antics of his nearest and dearest – a journalist.
That time he did cocaine, making love to an older women in a field, his brother being drunk at his own wedding (good heavens!) – it’s all grist to the content mill.
But for all the worthy supporters – Oprah, Serena Williams – at the end of the day the only true judge will be history. By which I mean, whoever is currently writing and producing the episode of the Crown that covers this odd period..
On the plus side, at least Meghan will be played by a decent actress.
Ever wondered if you could GET RICH MAKING MEMES?
Are CLASSROOM MEMES actually good for teaching?
Also, while we’re here, IS STEALING MEMES ILLEGAL