Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been humiliated on the international stage, as their pleas for support for the Ukrainian people are ignored as Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, get a personal response from President Volodymyr Zelensky.
In many ways, Harry and Meghan have attempted to show themselves as players on the international stage. A pair of rouge royals who can do more with a few statements and appearances than the rest of the monarchy and royal family put together.
And now, they’ve received their first reality check and a heavy dose of humiliation. As it turns out, no one really cares what they think.
Ukrainian President Zelensky, when given a chance, chooses to publicly thank the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the rest of the royal family over giving any thought to Harry and Meghan.
The California-based couple made the pleas for the international community to act via Archewell on Feb. 25. They said, “We Stand with the People of Ukraine: Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and all of us at Archewell stand with the people of Ukraine against this breach of international and humanitarian law and encourage the global community and its leaders to do the same.”
It was a bit of a surprise that the royal family initially remained silent, though they were likely following the requests of the government as the situation was fluid.
A day later, though, Prince William and Catherine made a personal statement of support. The couple shared: “In October 2020 we had the privilege to meet President Zelenskyy and the First Lady to learn of their hope and optimism for Ukraine’s future.
“Today we stand with the President and all of Ukraine’s people as they bravely fight for that future 🇺🇦 W & C”
The two statements are radically different.
Prince William and Catherine made the personal connection, as they met Ukraine’s first family in October 2020, while Harry and Meghan lectured the rest of the world about acting as if international leaders were waiting for the Sussex’s to spurn them into action.
Given all the chaos in the country and the relentless assault by the Russians, it was a bit of a surprise when Zelensky, who has remained active on Twitter, personally thanked the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with the broader royal family.
On March 1, Zelensky responded on Twitter: “Olena and I are grateful to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge @RoyalFamily that at this crucial time, when Ukraine is courageously opposing Russia’s invasion, they stand by our country and support our brave citizens. Good will triumph.”
Harry and Meghan may think that they are international change makers, but Zelensky’s response shows the truth. They are notating but glorified influencers and celebrities, who’s actions are ignored in favor of those with real power and influence.
This must enrage Meghan, who is relentlessly ambitious but forgot the most critical aspect of her royal title—it only really works when you’re within the royal bubble. Without that close connection to the monarchy, their influence and importance has dwindled significantly as they don’t represent anything greater than themselves.