I had hoped they would have shelved Meg handing over second hand baby grows, or at least done it quietly... But no.
The tour is doing a good job at promoting Meghan and that guy she married. What's his name... I think he used to be famous and interesting. It'll come to me. It's doing less well at shining a light on the causes they are visiting. Or fostering UK-SA links. Or bigging up the royal family.
Also, without the arrival, visit with the president and slightly fancier reception, it doesn't feel like a royal visit. More two celebs wandering around a country in search of cute photo ops.
The baby looks like a baby to me. As long as he's happy and healthy, that's enough for me (I don't have a maternal bone in my body)
Feels the same to me.
Overall, what sticks so far is:
1) Imelda, the woman who painted herself caucasian the last 20 years of her life, is foremost a mother, a WoC and Sister to all female South African folk.
2) Handbag, the blood royal, is so depressed by the Earth's current state that he has difficulties to get up in the morning, but still hell-bent to shine lights for change (provided his wife allows him to hold the torch).
3) While I fail to see any real purpose so far, Sussex IG is adding post after post. We have 11 right now - with 29 pics/vids featuring Imelda (12 her alone, 17 with him). He is shown 20 times - thereof only 2 pics of him alone, and one video of him alone.
Talk about who wears the trousers and controls the narrative.
4) Poor kid was trotted out for a PR move 10,000 km away from home (to take take one "iconic" picture - baldy Tutu kissing baldy baby head, Imelda thrones above them, father nowhere to be seen - especially nice is the shoot in black&white, got extra post).
The only time the kid is presented on purpose, I guess, unless they decide to schlepp him also to the meeting with Mandelas widow.
Painted herself as Caucasian? In America absolutely no one would look at her and see her as Caucasian and it incredibly offensive to suggest that she has ďwhite washedĒ herself for lack of a better term. It doesnít work that way here. Nor does it take into account the still very contentious state of race relations in the US where you will be treated as black by racists if they have even the slightest inkling that you arenít white. You donít get a pass because you straighten your hair which is what so many of us do because for decades our natural hair was frequently treated as unprofessional especially in certain areas of the country.Iím at a loss as to why these sorts of comments keep being allowed? Race is either off topic or it isnít. Or is it on topic and allowed to slip through as long as it is critical? The woman does enough dish worthy things without needing to resort to casual racism. Though Iím sure it does bring in the views from those seeking those sorts of opinions. No wonder a long time member and board helper left after over a decade.
Going by the number of reports itís gotten worse and I personally find RD a less pleasant and roomy place than it used to be. Not just because of Meghan entering the scene so to speak, itís been a long way coming. Itís entirely possible to be neutral or negative about a royal and not feel welcome in the hate party certain sections have turned into. Gaslighting posters who say this does not help either. So they leave and I canít say I blame them.
I don't post here anymore because of the BRF section. It is a hatefilled cesspit and it is quite clear that anyone who isn't 100% on board with the vitriol is not welcome and is mocked, usually passive aggressively. Add in the casual xenophobia and and as an ethnic minority Brit I think it is quite clear I'm not welcome.
The final straw for me were the comments posted by a number of people which were seemingly making excuses for the recent reports following the neo-nazi arrests. I reported them to Maria as i thought they reflected badly on the board and she responded and said nobody else had reported them. That speaks volumes.