The Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s royal ultimatum is the most perfect ‘Ok Millennial’ moment imaginable.
A ridiculously smug sense of importance overshared on social media & driven with all the inflated selfishness of a Boomer.
Millennials who don’t want to bother with all the stress of obligation and just want to be Instagram influencers instead are a dime a dozen, so why is this story so huge and juicy?
Feminists at Stuff claim it’s all sexism aimed at poor wee Meghan, but seeing as Queen Elizabeth is probably the most powerful Matriarchy on the face of the Planet, that seems a tad twee.
Millennial supporters have shouted on Twitter that poor Meghan faced terrible racism from the Tabloids and was bullied and why should she have to put up with that for one second longer, but that misses the fact that she knew what she was marrying into and blindsiding the Royal family with their social media ultimatum comes across as less like a traumatic intervention and more like Millennial self involvement.
The worst bit about Meghan Markle’s desire to put herself first is that it makes the hateful trash her half sister has spewed out about her being a Machiavellian social climber look far more plausible.
This is a classic millennial vs boomer generation war we are seeing. The idea of obligation, stoicism and duty to tradition are alien concepts for Millennials who are in it for the retweets. As a generation, they haven’t benefited from duty or obligation, they’ve inherited precarious work, soaring inequality and a dying planet.
But that generation war is just part of the attraction here, Families are far more diverse now and they are constantly becoming cultural friction points rather than safe havens. Older women I know spit hate at how they see Meghan has undermined the Queen, younger women I know hiss at the mere idea of being quiet for the greater good while every man I know privately out of ear shot of their wives/girlfriends make jokes about how whipped Harry is.
Personally I don’t care about any of it, they could all go join ISIS for all I care and I still couldn’t give a toss, but watching the self-righteous justifications and grand pronouncements on why Meghan has every right to pack up her bags and walk because her privileged existence makes demands on her reminds me that Western culture has become so soft and weak that the simple idea of obligation and duty are too much and require a trigger free safe space with emotional support peacocks.
The sacrifices the Queen made in the face of fascism built a life long dedication to public service, that’s an obligation the Instagram Influencer generation only reserve for their biggest paid sponsor and best free products.
God Save the Queen because Millennials won’t.