Meghan and Harry shocked the world with their decision to step back from the Royal Family last year. Now living in California, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are settling into their new life with son Archie Harrison and newborn daughter Lilibet Diana. Their decision to take part in an interview with TV legend Oprah Winfrey in March sparked heated debate ‒ and the Sussexes tend to receive greater levels of sympathy on the other side of the pond.
It is a subject Mr Biden has commented on, via his press secretary Jen Psaki, as he praised Meghan’s “courage” for discussing her mental health.
But the elderly Democrat’s decision to leave it at that earned him plaudits from Vanity Fair’s Kenzie Bryant, who argued Mr Biden is “Switzerland” in the ongoing rift between the Sussexes and the Royal Family.
After Ms Psaki’s comments, Ms Bryant wrote: “This is a real hop and a skip away from that former President Donald Trump tweet about not paying for the couple’s security and him calling Meghan ‘nasty’.
“But lest one get any ideas about how this Oprah sit-down affects our special relationship with the United Kingdom, Psaki would like you to hold it right there.”
She then refers to the Biden administration’s aversion to making their support for Meghan’s “courage” be seen as anti-British in any way.
Ms Psaki clarified: “And let me just reiterate that we have a strong and abiding relationship with the British people and a special partnership with the Government of the United Kingdom on a range of issues. And that will continue.”
Ms Bryant then concludes: “Which, like, good? Perhaps there are some who would go to war with our longtime ally over a near-powerless monarchy that was mean to one of our own, but it’s probably a good thing that Biden isn’t that ‘Team Meghan’ about it.”
Ms Bryant’s take is slightly different to some of her fellow Americans, though.
Lee Cohen, a former expert on Anglo-American matters for the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, was far more damning of the US President after the Sussexes’ interview with Oprah aired.
In a piece for The Spectator, he argued that Mr Biden had jumped on the Sussex “bandwagon” and this has distorted the US perception of the Royal Family.
He continued: “Media over-simplification tends to neglect the Americans motivated to pursue a deeper understanding of the UK and its institutions, by awareness that our origins and national freedoms spring from the history and values shared with Britain.
“This cohort is impervious to demands to cancel history and culture, and is broadly in opposition to the proxy war being waged by media and academia against British and US institutions and values.
“Like our British opposite numbers, we do spot the inconsistencies in the narrative pushed by the Sussex duo.
“Of course, we’re not helped by Biden jumping on the bandwagon, instantly praising Markle’s ‘courage’.
“But you must understand that he’s now – perhaps literally – captive to the wing of his party that pushes an institutional racism agenda.”
The Royal Family’s image in the US may have improved recently, though.
The Queen met world leaders at the G7 in Cornwall this month and then hosted Mr Biden.
Mr Biden said Her Majesty was “very generous” and that she reminded him of his own mother.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK