Why is Britain so angry at Megan and Harry?

So this is a story that has been dominating every aspect of the media for weeks. From the news, to television talk shows to internet blogs to twitter memes. People can’t get enough. It has spanned from factual reporting to all out slander and everything in-between, but why does Britain care so much?

It is pretty apparent that the media is putting the blame on Megan for the Sussex’s sudden step down from royal duties. They are angry at both Harry and Megan, but she is seemingly the one being hit hardest by the public and tabloid press. There have been many opinions on why this is, spanning from racism to sexism and everything else you can possibly imagine, however I believe there is one other large factor to take into consideration.

The Media and people all around Britain are angry, but what are they really angry at? Do people really care thaaat much that Harry and Megan want to become more private and move to Canada with their new son? My hypothesis is No.

I believe there are deeper routed issues to blame here. The British are facing uncertainty in nearly all aspects of their lives due to Brexit, and they have been for quite some time. Nothing is clear. There have been more elections in the past few years than most people see in a decade. There has been nothing but complete uncertainty for three years, with Britain caught in a sort of limbo not knowing what will happen next. One thing that was not in limbo however was the monarchy.

I do not believe this media storm is solely about Harry and Megan. Do most people follow the royal family extensively? Do every aspect of these royal’s existence really take a toll on normal everyday life for normal everyday people? If Megan and Harry had secretly went to Canada and not done any public events and had not been reported on, how many people would really notice the difference? I don’t think the physical act of Harry and Megan moving or stepping down is really going to impact any normal person’s life in a drastic way, but the idea of another solid system in Britain facing extreme uncertainty, does. It only adds to the instability the nation have been feeling for the past three years and people are angry that they don’t feel secure.

So, why is everyone so angry with Harry and Megan? Because in times of uncertainty people need someone to blame and they are the easiest target.

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Hello! My name is Aoife. I’m a Postgraduate student and writer from Ireland!

I wanted to do something a little different with this blog! I wanted to go beyond the headlines of popular culture and examine why seemingly superficial stories on celebrities and internet memes are actually extremely significant to society!

Pop culture is not exactly seen as an academic study, and most academics like to pretend that popular culture events are insignificant and shallow. However, I believe studies and analysis of popular culture are one of the most important tools for accessing where the world is at right now.

In an era where we are constantly fed news stories through technology, it’s hard to see the significance in any of it. However, it plays a huge part in all our lives and affects us in ways we don’t even notice when we swipe aimlessly through our feeds of celebrity glamour and internet memes. In this blog I want to unpack significant pop culture events of the week and look at them in a different way. I want to look at what events are reported and what this tells us about society.

Basically I want to take a sociological view on what celebrity made the headlines this week and why the F*ck we all care so much.

I know that probably all sounds a little dim, but think of it as mixing all the most interesting bits of academic writing with all the guilty pleasures of trash we love to consume! (I mean, come on?)

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