How many of us fantasised about becoming a princess as a little girl? The shoes… the dress… the tiara! For most of our childhoods, Disney princesses were genuine life goals.
For some women, the fantasy does indeed become reality e.g. Kate Middleton. And for others, it’s actually a sexist nightmare. Meet Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s ‘rumoured’ new girlfriend.
Meghan is a successful model, lifestyle blogger, actress (best known as Rachel from Suits) and most notably, humanitarian activist. She does tonnes of work with UN Women and travels to places like Rwanda and Afghanistan to campaign for gender equality and empowerment of women.
Look at this bad ass feminist work!
That’s why it’s so very sad to see the sexist abuse coming Meghan’s way right now. The media are warning Harry to ‘watch out’, have labelled her as a gold digger and ‘Princess Pushy’. They’ve even pried into her family and their financial struggles.
Others have decided to focus on something other than her incredible charity work, something we’re sure she and Harry will have bonded over. Some people have chosen to focus on the fact that she is *gasp* divorced! They’re even going so far as to argue that because Princess Margaret couldn’t marry a divorcee in the 1950s, Prince Harry shouldn’t be able to marry one now. 66 years later…
Guys, they’re not even engaged yet!
For some reason, whenever a royal gentleman or any well known man for that matter, starts a new relationship there is a media uproar. Every photo ever taken of the woman in question is dredged up in the hope of finding something racy to shame her with. Any and all personal details are fair game to tear apart, be it past relationships, family issues, health problems….
By contrast, when Princess Eugenie got engaged earlier this year, the worst we heard about her boyfriend James Brookbank was that he liked to party a little too much. He owns a nightclub. And not an underwear or bikini photo in sight. Maybe it’s because he’s squeaky clean, or maybe it’s because he isn’t a woman. If the price of becoming a princess is having to deal with this ridiculous amount of sexism every day, you can keep the tiara.
What do you think about this? Is it fair the way the media treats women in the public eye? Even if they’re potentially going to become our next princess…? We’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below!
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