Reality Dispatch analyzes U.S. News-and-Politics. doesn’t do what used to be termed “lifestyle” or “section 3” news. The lives of celebrities and relationship advice are not worthy.
But also follows the news trends. And for the past three weeks, Meghan Markle “news” has dominated the international pages and touched topics does cover. So, with apologies to our readers, and a promise that you won’t find us keeping up with the Kardashians,…
What You Need To Know
(Well, nothing really… but…)
The two recent incidents are below. Meghan has stayed out of the fray, even as they were about her.
Background: Who Is Meghan Markle (And Why Do We Care?)
- Meghan Markle is a 36-year old American actress
- Her father is caucasian, her mother black. They divorced when she was six.
- She is engaged to Prince Harry, youngest son of Prince Charles and Pricess Diana (Lady Di).
- After the marriage, she will be a Duchess.
- The wedding is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2018.
The Offensive Brooch
Just before Christmas 2017, Princess Michael of Kent greeted Meghan while wearing what many considered to be a racist brooch.
- Princess Michael is the wife of the Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael.
- Her given name was (Baroness) Marie Christine von Reibnitz. Her husband’s name and title come with the marriage.
- She’d worn the brooch many times before. It isn’t new. But the outrage was, due specifically to Meghan’s mixed heritage.
- The brooch is blackamoor style, which only recently became considered racist. Princess Michael is over 70 years old, and may be culturally behind-the-times.
- Due this, she is retiring the brooch.
The Racist Girlfriend
And now to why we had to cover this, as a timeline.
- Henry Bolton has been the leader of UKIP since 29-Sept-2017. He is 55.
- The UKIP is the U.K. Independence Party, a slightly right party by U.S. standards.
- He was married to 42-year-old Russian-born Tatiana Smurova; they have two daughters, ages four and two.
- Titiana claims he dumped her two weeks ago, on 30-December-2017, by text message. (Yes, right after Christmas.)
- Tatiana also claims she is still breastfeeding their youngest child, 2-year-old Victoria, even as Henry dumped them by text. (Who breastfeeds a two-year-old?!)
- She also claimed she was afraid for the safety of her “babies” (the two and four year old), without providing any reason why.
- Tatiana (the ex) has been living in Vienna since May. This looks like a separation at least.
- Bolton claims they split last July, which seems consistent with their living arrangement.
- Bolton was photographed with Jo Marney on 16-Dec-2017 and on 26-Dec-2017.
- Jo Marney is a 25-year-old British glamour model.
- Yes, less than half his age. Which was already causing a scandal, prior to Jo’s text messages.
- Jo texted racist remarks to a friend that stated that Markle would taint the Royal Family with her seed and that her ethnicity is ugly. She also stated “Markle has a tiny brain” and “This is Britain not Africa”.
- The UKIP has suspended Jo Marney over these remarks, and Henry Bolton has broken up with her.
Nobody appears to have clean hands here. Jo’s texts were bad, Tatiana appears to be lying about the relationship status given when she moved and her claim to be breastfeeding a two year old, and the heads of political parties cannot generally date women less than half their age, nor hang around racists. But it also doesn’t impact American news and politics, other than being a trending topic.