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UK royals are only good to entertain masses and media: Guardian columnist

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York signs the visitors book as she visits The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn to open the new Ashworth Centre in London on December 13, 2018. (AFP photo)

A columnist of the Guardian newspaper has argued that the continued hostility of the British tabloid media toward an American member of the royal family is a sign that the royals have no function but to entertain the masses.

Suzanne Moore wrote in her column published on Monday that UK tabloids have been “hostile” and “toxic” toward Meghan Markle, the former American movie star who married Prince Harry, the grandson of the ruling Queen Elizabeth II, in May last year.

The columnist said the way the press have treated Meghan was another proof that the royals who live on hundreds of millions of taxpayer money each year were only there to feed entertaining stories to the media.

“The drip of toxicity towards Meghan continues, reminding us that the royals’ key function is to provide a reality show for the masses and the media,” said Moore, adding that it was clear from the beginning of Meghan’s wedding to Harry that the addition of a non-white to the “dysfunctional” royal family would create lots of troubles.

The columnist said the tabloids spent weeks last year reporting on an alleged feud between Meghan and Kate Middleton, the wife of Harry’s brother, Prince William, without providing any clear evidence.

“The latest rash of stories all focus on various (Meghan) aides leaving, as though this is her fault,” said Moore, adding that the press was now trying to present Meghan as an odd personality who was ambitious and out-of-touch.

The British monarchy has repeatedly been criticized for the lavish and extravagant life-style of its family members, especially at a time when years of government austerity programs have left more than 14 million people, around a fifth of UK population, in poverty.

For years, activists and right campaigners have called for the abolition of the costly system, saying it has no tangible impact on the way Britain is governed.

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