In the final three episodes of Netflix's Harry and Meghan documentary, the Duchess of Sussex received a message from Beyoncé suggesting that she was 'breaking a generational curse' for the Royal Family. Here Woman Alive's editor-in-chief Tola-Doll Fisher shares her thoughts.
Cleverer people than I have taken time to vocalise their views on their own platforms, in interviews and also in Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary. Articulate statements have been put forward detailing exactly what Harry and especially Meghan experienced during what has been a relatively short time as a married couple. I’m guessing you’ve read those so I don’t need to rehash it.
However, I’m interested to know what conclusion you came to. Has the couple let down the royal family? Has the British press simply been reporting for duty and doing nothing wrong in their coverage? Should Meghan (as has been suggested in several tweets) "just f*** off and die?" Or, as Jeremy Clarkson suggested in an article printed in The Sun, be "made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds chant, 'Shame!' and throw lumps of excrement at her?"
As Christians, we’re familiar with a similar sounding scenario described in John chapter 8: "But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there."
This is the one reference to the spiritual which most of us Christians in the West conveniently forget about.
Despite Harry being nominally Christian and Meghan choosing to be baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, there is no mention of God or faith in any of their interviews. However, there was a tiny nod to it in the final episode which was released last week. Meghan tells Harry that she just got a text from Beyoncé: "She thinks I was selected to break generational curses that need to be healed." Both looked thoughtful and Harry said: "Hmm that’s well said."
I’ve not heard anyone mention this and why would they, because this is the one reference to the spiritual which most of us Christians in the West conveniently forget about. And there always is one because we do not war against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities of the spirit world. (Ephesians 6:12)
The idea of generational curses comes from Exodus 34:7 in which it says that “he [God] does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
If the Internet is to be believed, Harry and Meghan are a selfish, scheming couple who plan to singlehandedly bring down the monarchy.
Last week, I wrote about the problematic legacy of the British colonies and impact of the monarchy on other regions. Yes there has been good, but at what lasting cost to the countries invaded and ruled over? All families have problems and I think it’s fair to say that Harry’s family will have their own share of unpleasantness going on behind the palace walls. Could it be that Beyoncé’s message is perhaps not without merit?
If I’m honest, I personally find the whole, one family born to rule thing just a little bit troubling. Do we in non-believing majority Britain really think that the British Royal family has been chosen by God to sit on the throne and rule over us? And if so, are we afraid Meghan is going to burn our “golden calf” leaving us nothing left to worship? If the Internet is to be believed, Harry and Meghan are a selfish, scheming couple who plan to singlehandedly bring down the monarchy. I don’t know anything about that, but the question I’m now gingerly asking myself is; would that be such a bad thing?