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Pankaj Mishra

A Royal Marriage Was Never Going to End Racism

Those who hailed Meghan and Harry’s union as the start of a British social revolution were always naive. 

Driven off to Southern California. 

Driven off to Southern California. 

Photographer: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images


In a long and bleak year, two cultural shifts offered at least some hope: racial progress, accelerated by massive street protests across the United States, and the marginalization, albeit tentative, of the culture of celebrity.  

Both these attainments seem to have been undermined this week by Oprah Winfrey’s palace-rattling interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.