Progressives hailing radical royalty misguided
WHETHER Prince Harry and his new bride Meghan Markle intended it or not, she has become the royal pin-up girl for Social Justice Warriors.
It began with the celebrity-studded royal wedding guest list and an inappropriate sermon by progressive American preacher Michael Curry which went on far too long.
At 14 minutes, it reportedly took more than twice as much time as he was allocated, and Curry seemed so pleased with his own oratory that he was oblivious to the discomfort evident in the faces of many of the guests. In another context, fine, but it wasn't his day.
The choice of Curry, an advocate of same-sex marriage and other progressive social causes, was a political statement.
But it wasn't made by the bride and groom. They hadn't chosen Curry. He was suggested by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
"They were hardly in a position to know or refuse," writes Gavin Ashendon, the former chaplain to the Queen.
"When Justin Welby suggested Michael Curry as the preacher on this astonishing worldwide stage, he was also signing up one of the most effective street fighters for progressive, distorted Christianity."
Judging by the embarrassment on Harry and Meghan's faces, they hadn't signed up for the full Curry.
Then there was the web page for the new Duchess of Sussex that popped up hours after the wedding on the official royal family website, describing her as a proud "feminist".
Twitter went into paroxysm of delight. "The Duchess of Sussex is here to SLAY" was one comment.
"Meghan's page on the official Royal family website leaves Kate in the dust," was another. "This is what happens when you WORK and care about others aside from your grasping family. Take note, Kate".
With such headlines as "Step Aside, Kate. Meghan Is the New People's Princess", the media has been trying to engineer a rivalry between Meghan and Prince William's wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, even though the two women appear to get on well.
And progressive activists hope that Meghan is the answer to their dreams that conformist Kate is not, a left-wing Mata Hari to infiltrate one of the last conservative bastions in Britain.
But they are sure to be disappointed.
Harry might be the closest thing to a rebel the royal family has today but he has chosen his wife well.
She will make as much of a success of her new role as she did of her acting career. And that does not include being a bomb-thrower.