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MGTOW: Is Meghan Markle part of a secret elite plot to turn all men into simps?

Royal marriage … or Illuminati conspiracy?

By David Futrelle

Reddit’s contingent of Men Going Their Own Way are more than a little bit obsessed with the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, seeing Markle as a devious manipulator trying to transform her husband into a spineless woman-worshipping simp willing to give up many of his royal privileges for the sake of his wife

Now a MGTOW Redditor called auramirror has a new theory: what if Harry’s wife-pleasing simpery weren’t just a side effect of being married to Meghan but the whole point of the marriage in the first place? What if the entire marriage is part of a plot to turn men in the west into simps? What if Harry isn’t a simp at all but rather a pawn in some vast conspiracy?

In a post to the subreddit last month, auramirror shares his dark speculations about the royal couple:

I understand why everyone here thinks Mr. Harry Markle is a simp who went with Megan and gave up his princehood and his rifles because he’s a blue pilled beta.

But that is wrong.

This is the royal fucking family we are talking about. The elite of the elite. The people who run this world on the surface, connected to the people who pull the world’s strings from the shadows.

So what are these shadowy people (or perhaps evil space lizards) up to?

The media’s constant promotion of “look at all the amazing things this man has done for this woman!” is a form of propaganda. It is norm-setting. It tells men that the standard should be to change yourself and give up everything you have for a woman. It tells women that they are entitled to men changing for them, because “even a commoner can marry a prince.”

This is all intentional. Calculated. Manipulated.

What does this mean to poor, poor Harry, forced into a marriage with an attractive, accomplished woman he seems to love?

Harry is simply a chess piece in the elites’ grand agenda to hand power over to women. This is setting a standard for future generations that continues to fuel the fire in the war between the sexes.

All media is propaganda. Do not believe the constant stream of brainwashing you hear in the news. Harry is being used as a pawn in a game that is larger than you could even begin to imagine, and if he dares walk off the chessboard he could lose his life. …

Be grateful you are not one of the gears in the propaganda machine. Go your own way, and be free.

Apparently the thing these guys are going their own way from is reality.

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Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 months ago

If you wanted to argue the Royal Family was a plot to hand over power to women, then couldn’t you find better example than Meghan.

Clue: Check out a stamp or bank note.

Steph Tohill
Steph Tohill
3 months ago

I mean I should not be shocked by the intense misogyny and double standards but I am.

It is mind boggling to me the amount of people who think there is something wrong with Harry from stepping back from his vocation and following Megan to the USA.

Yet it is somehow fine and proper than Markle abandon her career, voice, friends and everything she holds dear to follow Harry the the U.K.

And leaving aside it never occurs to them that this was Harry’s choice and he specifically chose a wife who would support him in stepping back from monarchy. His contempt for the media is an open secret.

Naglfar
Naglfar
3 months ago

This seems to be a bit of a misery coping strategy: misogynists are miserable, so they’re jealous that Harry and Meghan seem happy, so they try to rationalize away the happiness by saying it’s some sort of conspiracy.

@Alan Robertshaw
I’d guess they don’t live in the U.K. and don’t know much about history, so that probably didn’t occur to them. Plus, why hate a woman who’s been dead for centuries when you can hate one who is alive?

@Steph Tohill
Although I don’t really follow the news about the British royal family much, AFAICT Harry and Meghan are much happier avoiding the traditional royal family practices anyway. I don’t blame them, the media circus looks very unpleasant.

IseultTheIdle
IseultTheIdle
3 months ago

There’s a vast, worldwide conspiracy to hand power over to women?

Wow, that is one subtle vast worldwide conspiracy.

Steph
Steph
3 months ago

@Naglfar

“ Plus, why hate a woman who’s been dead for centuries when you can hate one who is alive?”

I think he was referring to the current monarch – who is a woman.

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
3 months ago

The alt right copyeditor must have been sleeping on the job again. Auramirror forgot the triple parentheses around the word “people” in “the people who pull the world’s strings from the shadows” and it didn’t get corrected before the post went live. Without them, he fails to tick all the boxes on the bigotry and conspiracy bingo cards and will forever be known as an also-ran. :/

Bookworm in hijab
Bookworm in hijab
3 months ago

@IseultTheIdle, I know right? Shouldn’t all women be in on this, though? Did I miss a memo?!

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 months ago

Hey; Bookworm’s back! Hope you’re keeping safe and well.

tim gueguen
3 months ago

I suspect that auramirror is probably an American, and hence way overestimates the power the British Royals actually have. As do others. A commenter over on Raw Story the other day figured that Prince Andrew would order MI6 to murder Ghislaine Maxwell. Of course the real response of the head of MI6, or whoever Andrew would have asked, would probably have been “Piss off!”

Naglfar
Naglfar
3 months ago

@IseultTheIdle
Can the conspiracy move a bit faster? I get that we’re trying to be quiet about it, but maybe it could do a bit more.

@Steph Tohill

I think he was referring to the current monarch – who is a woman.

Oh. I thought he was referring to Elizabeth I, who is dead and was known for never marrying. Sorry about the confusion. I still think Elizabeth II might be spared some of the hate because she’s white, though.

O/T: Twitter just banned Stefan Molyneux. Maybe they’re finally starting to take stochastic terrorism seriously.

Perry
Perry
3 months ago

I know the beauty of conspiracy theories is that they don’t have to make sense, but I find it baffling that these dudes think that “handing over power to women” is a major concern for global elites. For what gain?

Comversely, even as a feminist, I don’t think keeping power in the hands of men is an intentional goal of the powerful. They simply want to increase profits and maintain economic hegemony however possible. Any identity-based suffering that goes with that is incidental.

It’s also weird that they’ve latched onto this particular example. I don’t know a lot about the British monarchy, so someone correct me if I’m wrong — but how much has the prince really lost? Not only does king or queen not actually run the country, he’s not in line for the throne anyway. Seems like his life just consisted of living in secluded wealth and being obligated to do public events and the like. Personally I would much rather live a life away from all that with a family I presumably love. Though I guess that sentiment is pretty foreign to anyone involved in MGTOW.

Rabid Rabbit
Rabid Rabbit
3 months ago

@tim gueguen

Of course the real response of the head of MI6, or whoever Andrew would have asked, would probably have been “Piss off!”

Oh, I doubt they’d be that classless. Or expend that much energy. Probably just a single raised eyebrow. And if that didn’t work, a threat to tell his mummy.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
3 months ago

Harry is simply a chess piece in the elites’ grand agenda to hand power over to women.

What? So excited!

Six thousand (estimated) years of patriarchy coming to an end? And the elites (whoever they are) are behind this? This couldn’t be better news.

Looking forward to more details: who (exactly) and what (exactly). Also, when, where, why, and how.

Ariblester
3 months ago

Sigh. I suppose that there’s a tiny amount of comfort to be had from the fact that “simp” doesn’t have the racially-tinged baggage of “cuck”, though one of the possible etymologies of the word is apparently “sissy+pimp”, which is not any better.

(It could also be a shortening of “simpleton”, which is somewhat more neutral. Though, in my mind, the most fitting root word would be “simper”, but let’s face it, it’s far too old-fashioned to be a serious contender.)

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile wrote on
July 8, 2020 at 12:13 am:

Harry is simply a chess piece in the elites’ grand agenda to hand power over to women.

What? So excited!

Six thousand (estimated) years of patriarchy coming to an end? And the elites (whoever they are) are behind this? This couldn’t be better news.

Looking forward to more details: who (exactly) and what (exactly). Also, when, where, why, and how.

Glances at username

I guess they gave you a really remote posting, huh? 😆

soulless newsie
soulless newsie
3 months ago

@Perry

He is in line, just far enough down that it’s unlikely to matter. He’s sixth behind Charles, William and William’s three kids.

Big Titty Demon
Big Titty Demon
3 months ago

@Bookworm in Hijab

Hey, you’re here! I wondered if something had happened. Nice to see you again. 🙂

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
3 months ago

@Alan : mine have Marianne on it. Clearly the work of the Royal Family !

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
3 months ago

@Ariblester

Glances at username

I guess they gave you a really remote posting, huh? 😆

Yeah, you’d think they’d drop me a line now and then. No such luck. Instead, I have to rely on news of the coming overthrow of the patriarchy from a MGTOW.

Ooglyboggles
Ooglyboggles
3 months ago

And YOU COULD BE NEXT. It is too late the simpening has already begun.

Dun dun dun

Lukas Xavier
Lukas Xavier
3 months ago

All media is propaganda

Says the guy posting on social media.

Daughter
Daughter
3 months ago

Soon, relationships of all combinations and genders may be based on partnership on equal footing! The horror! **smelling salts**

Moggie
Moggie
3 months ago

This is the royal fucking family we are talking about. The elite of the elite. The people who run this world on the surface, connected to the people who pull the world’s strings from the shadows.

Connected… by strings? So, Harry and Meghan are puppets, but also chess pieces. Pawns, who run the world.

The reality is that Harry and Meghan are just mid-list celebrities, who, if they get their way, will disappear from the news and be largely forgotten before long. They don’t run shit.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 months ago

Welcome back, Bookworm! Hope all is well with you.

I agree with Perry – if Harry’s punishment is being forced to live a quiet life in luxury with his family, punish ME.

Naglfar
Naglfar
3 months ago

@Perry

I don’t think keeping power in the hands of men is an intentional goal of the powerful.

The majority of the very powerful and wealthy are men, and they want to maintain power, so it would seem they do have an interest in maintaining power for men over women. Historically patriarch and capitalism have been closely intertwined, so it would seem that the wealthy would want to keep that order as it is.

@Ariblester

It could also be a shortening of “simpleton”

That’s the etymology I’ve heard the most, not sure if it’s true but I’ve seen it around.

@Moggie

Connected… by strings? So, Harry and Meghan are puppets, but also chess pieces. Pawns, who run the world.

This is a strange chess variant. No chess game I’ve played used strings on the pieces.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
3 months ago

Off topic but I need to rant :

RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH I HATE THE ASSHOLES THAT PUT TEN TIME MORE EFFORTS IN DENYING RACISM AND DOUBTING ALARM CALLERS THAN TRYING TO FIX ANY PROBLEMS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The problem here is that we were talking of a D&D designer who quited because of racism.

One guy litteraly said “I don’t think it’s racism, just a toxic workplace”, even tho the guy pointed his skin color in his declaration.

Another said “we shouldn’t conclude anything before all lawsuits are settled”, ignoring in a convenient for him way that most racism is unwieldy to put into lawsuits and that most advance have been made out of lawsuits.

A third one said “I doubt everyone until I see proof”, ignoring that it’s the third employe of the same company who report problem and that one of his superior vouched for him and that THE GUY HAVE NO REALISTIC REASON TO LIE ANYWAY.

The most annoying part is that they use the same arguments as the openly racist part of my family, without seeing any problems.

I know, I know. I am probably not perfect either, but I wish I had the impression people tried to work on the problem.

Naglfar
Naglfar
3 months ago

@Ohlmann

One guy litteraly said “I don’t think it’s racism, just a toxic workplace”, even tho the guy pointed his skin color in his declaration.

This sounds a lot like the men who deny misogyny by claiming the patriarchy hurts men too so somehow there isn’t misogyny.

NOBODY
NOBODY
3 months ago

@Ohlmann

Beware of the”ally” more concerned about their personal discomfort hearing about racist threats than the actual safety of people targeted by racism….

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Jenora Feuer
Jenora Feuer
3 months ago

@tim gueguen:

A commenter over on Raw Story the other day figured that Prince Andrew would order MI6 to murder Ghislaine Maxwell. Of course the real response of the head of MI6, or whoever Andrew would have asked, would probably have been “Piss off!”

It’s not like Andrew exactly has a reputation to save. He was nicknamed ‘Randy Andy’ for a reason.

@Steph Tohill:
It is mind boggling to me the amount of people who think there is something wrong with Harry from stepping back from his vocation and following Megan to the USA.
Canada, actually. They’re living in Victoria, B.C. at the moment. (Well, strictly, North Saanich, which is a mostly agricultural community just north of Victoria, and closer to the airport.) And apparently the locals have been helping to run interference against the paparazzi so that they can have some privacy, which was most of the reason for moving out there to begin with.

Well, the paparazzi and the absolutely horrid treatment of Markle by the British Press, mostly due to her biracial background.

(James Douglas, the second governor of the Colony of Vancouver Island and later the first governor of the Colony of British Columbia back in the 1850s, was also biracial. Probably a coincidence.)

His contempt for the media is an open secret.

And well-documented, considering the amount of time spent pointing out how differently the tabloid press were treating Meghan Markle compared to Kate Middleton, often for doing exactly the same things.

Saanich and the Gulf Islands, which is the electoral district they live in now, elected the first Green MP in Canada. There tends to be a fair bit of ‘do your own thing but don’t hurt anybody’ attitude around there. (That’s also the district my parents live in.)

@Perry:

Comversely, even as a feminist, I don’t think keeping power in the hands of men is an intentional goal of the powerful.

Well, the intentional goal is to keep power in their own hands, and using a divide-and-conquer approach on others (men vs. women, white vs. black) helps with that. Naglfar’s got a point as well, but I think ‘keeping the masses divided against each other’ is more important to those in power than the specifics of which side of the division is considered ‘better’; it’s just that patriarchy has such a long history that it’s an easy tool to use for that.

Not only does king or queen not actually run the country, he’s not in line for the throne anyway.

Strictly speaking, Harry is in line for the throne… after his father, then his older brother, then his older brother’s three children. So yes, the likelihood of him ever sitting on the throne is really low, will only get lower unless lots of death is involved, and not only does he accept that I think he’s happy about it, because both he and his older brother seem to have picked up their mother’s distaste for the whole arrangement.

He has lost some things: he’s been pretty much cut off from being able to call on most of the resources of the royal family, at least officially. But he seems to consider that an adequate trade for getting out from under the panopticon.

numerobis
numerobis
3 months ago

Jenora Feuer: they’re in the LA region since this spring; they were only in BC a short while.

More fundamentally, I don’t get why anyone gives a rat’s ass about the royal family. It’s not like they really have any power.

Naglfar
Naglfar
3 months ago

@Jenora Feuer

not only does he accept that I think he’s happy about it, because both he and his older brother seem to have picked up their mother’s distaste for the whole arrangement.

AFAICT it isn’t much fun to be the ruler of the UK, seeing as they don’t have much real power and are constantly inundated by the paparazzi.

@numerobis

More fundamentally, I don’t get why anyone gives a rat’s ass about the royal family. It’s not like they really have any power.

From what I can see, it just seems like a pleasant distraction from things of real significance. In a depressing world it can be nice to have someone to gossip about without real world consequences.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants
Buttercup Q. Skullpants
3 months ago

@Naglfar

This is a strange chess variant. No chess game I’ve played used strings on the pieces.

Unless it’s 26-dimensional chess, and the pieces literally are quantum strings?

This sentence sounds like a blurb from a bad airport novel:

Harry is being used as a pawn in a game that is larger than you could even begin to imagine, and if he dares walk off the chessboard he could lose his life. …

Any time someone does something these guys don’t like, it’s always because they’re being brainwashed or manipulated by some shadowy larger organization. You’d think it would be logistically exhausting to keep track of that many puppets and make sure they all get their feminazi marching orders in a timely fashion, with no mixups.

Dalillama
Dalillama
3 months ago

@Ariblester
It’s a contraction of “simpleton” dating to sometime around the turn of the last century. This has come up here over a dozen times now, and I know some of them were threads you were in.

Naglfar
Naglfar
3 months ago

@Buttercup

Unless it’s 26-dimensional chess, and the pieces literally are quantum strings?

Now now, I can only keep track where to move the knight in this universe, not 10^500 similar yet slightly different parallel universes.

You’d think it would be logistically exhausting to keep track of that many puppets and make sure they all get their feminazi marching orders in a timely fashion, with no mixups.

Eh, sometimes there are mixups. Like how Hillary Clinton did not become president to make the US a gynocracy. The Judeo-Feminist-LGBT conspiracy can’t hit home runs every time. /s

LindsayIrene
LindsayIrene
3 months ago

Being a British royal is, to the best of my understanding, being born into a tourist attraction/paparazzi-facilitated reality show. Who wouldn’t want to escape from that? It sounds horrifying.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
3 months ago

Being born as a tourist attraction/reality show is the kind of thing that seem a lot less bitter when it also mean being born pretty rich and with all sort of influence.

I am not saying it’s wrong to want to get away from that, but more that all thing considered being a british royal is a high upside / high downside lot.

TacticalProgressive
TacticalProgressive
3 months ago

@Ariblester

Sigh. I suppose that there’s a tiny amount of comfort to be had from the fact that “simp” doesn’t have the racially-tinged baggage of “cuck”, though one of the possible etymologies of the word is apparently “sissy+pimp”, which is not any better. (It could also be a shortening of “simpleton”, which is somewhat more neutral. Though, in my mind, the most fitting root word would be “simper”, but let’s face it, it’s far too old-fashioned to be a serious contender.)

@Naglfar

That’s the etymology I’ve heard the most, not sure if it’s true but I’ve seen it around.

I woundered about that and tried going to RationalWiki’s alt-right glossary to see if the term has been added and seeing just what that piece of Neo-reactionary lexicon is even supposed to actually mean. Apparently, “Simp” (hate writing these alt-right garbage words) is supposed to be an acronym for “sucker idolizing mediocre pussy”(charming -_-) , so basically it’s a less comprehensible and more convoluted and derivative alternative to the term “White Knight” that they coin, but even more degrading and more opaque.

And the Manosphere had, as always, expanded this pejorative, degrading and insulting term far beyond its original use, and it is now appears to be used to describe any male who expresses any sort of kindness towards any women or girl. Because of course they do.

https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Manosphere_glossary#Simp

These dirt-bag Misogynist Neo-reactionaries have the appeal of boiler sludge.

Perry
Perry
3 months ago

@Naglfar

The majority of the very powerful and wealthy are men, and they want to maintain power, so it would seem they do have an interest in maintaining power for men over women. Historically patriarch and capitalism have been closely intertwined, so it would seem that the wealthy would want to keep that order as it is.

All true. I think I was trying to differentiate between patriarchy as an invested goal and patriarchy as an externality of capitalism, and I think I underestimated the former. Though there are definitely varieties of feminism that perfectly gel with capitalism, it would be a mistake to assume that the current billionaires and elites are all socially detached moneymakers without irrational bigotries of their own. And no matter how much they all capitalize on liberal feminist rhetoric for the sake of PR, their general oldness, whiteness and maleness would definitely encourage them to tend towards social conservatism.

@Ohlman

I don’t know much about D&D, but I’m sorry this happening in your community.

Another said “we shouldn’t conclude anything before all lawsuits are settled”, ignoring in a convenient for him way that most racism is unwieldy to put into lawsuits and that most advance have been made out of lawsuits.

It’s not exactly the same, but this stuck out to me as indicative of the same mindset that allows people to dismiss sexual assault. Are we such a litigiously-minded society that we can’t conceive of accepting people’s experiences until a court of law tells us it’s okay? Though we do put far too much faith in the accuracy and legitimacy in the legal system in my opinion, the answer is still no.

Because no one actually consistently treats the people around them as if they’re on trial, and insists on an adequate amounts of court-admissible evidence attitude for every claim. It’s a tactic that’s brought out specifically when one wants to disbelieve someone.

And I do think “innocent until guilty” is a necessary tenet of any justice system that has a hope of being just. I just recognize that for the vast majority of cases like this I’m not operating inside a justice system, I’m just being a fucking human being with an independent capacity for judgement.

All that to say– fuck anyone who uses that sort of argument. Not only are they dismissing traumatic experiences for no reason, they’re being dishonest about it.

Naglfar
Naglfar
3 months ago

@Perry

And no matter how much they all capitalize on liberal feminist rhetoric for the sake of PR, their general oldness, whiteness and maleness would definitely encourage them to tend towards social conservatism.

Definitely. Corporations will constantly pretend to be progressive by using language or imagery of feminism, LGBT rights, or other social justice, but their only motive is cash. As a result, many critics have pointed, for example, that there is a wide gulf between liberation and rainbow capitalism.

And I do think “innocent until guilty” is a necessary tenet of any justice system that has a hope of being just. I just recognize that for the vast majority of cases like this I’m not operating inside a justice system, I’m just being a fucking human being with an independent capacity for judgement.

I agree, but I do think as an individual I can believe survivors at their word and that unless evidence can be demonstrated otherwise I will listen to the first hand accounts of people who survived oppression and/or assault. “Innocent until proven guilty” has become somewhat of a buzzword for right wingers to use when defending people (mostly white men) accused of assault or discrimination.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
3 months ago

Also, just saying “I doubt the story of X” without adding any additional element is pretty dishonest. If one think he don’t have enough element, his position is “ignorance” and not “doubt”.

bekabot
bekabot
3 months ago

This is all intentional. Calculated. Manipulated.

OR MAYBE:

Harry Windsor figured out that he was no longer 20 years old and that zooming around like a bat out of ginger hell was no longer becoming, or even very satisfactory. So, he decided to find a nice girl and settle down with her.

Yeah, I know. Nobody ever acts that way — it’s flat-out contrary to human nature. Whoever heard of such a thing? Those string-pullers have got to get better PR men, that’s what; maybe from Breitbart or the less-simply element at Fox — then their story might be more believable. It’s sure not very persuasive now.

OTOH, finding a woman and settling down with her was enough for Roosh, so why is what was good enough for Roosh not good enough for Harry? Darn it all, now I’m confused. It’s an impenetrable mystery all around, gotta admit: who can be blamed for being puzzled by it? (I ask.)

Perry
Perry
3 months ago

@Naglfar

I agree, but I do think as an individual I can believe survivors at their word and that unless evidence can be demonstrated otherwise I will listen to the first hand accounts of people who survived oppression and/or assault.

Definitely, no disagreements here.

Moon Custafer
Moon Custafer
3 months ago

@Perry, Naglfar, Ohlmann:

There’s the burden of proof required to convict someone in a court of law, or to state in print that they’re a criminal, which is rightly quite high; the burden of proof for not leaving your drunk friend alone with them (or not putting them in some other situation of trust) is a fair bit lower.

Jesalin, Goddess of Lust & Pleasure
Jesalin, Goddess of Lust & Pleasure
3 months ago

‘Innocent until (unless would make more sense but eh) proven guilty’ only applies to the legal system, I will 100% take the word of the victim over that any fucking day.

Edit to add: “zooming around like a bat out of ginger hell” is my new favourite phrase!

Naglfar
Naglfar
3 months ago

@bekabot

OTOH, finding a woman and settling down with her was enough for Roosh, so why is what was good enough for Roosh not good enough for Harry?

I bet if Roosh did find a woman he’d find some other reason to be dissatisfied.

@Moon Custafer

the burden of proof for not leaving your drunk friend alone with them (or not putting them in some other situation of trust) is a fair bit lower.

Or the burden of proof for opposing their nomination to the Senate/Supreme Court/some other position of power is also lower.

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
3 months ago

@Jenora Feuer:

So yes, the likelihood of him ever sitting on the throne is really low, will only get lower unless lots of death is involved, and not only does he accept that I think he’s happy about it, because both he and his older brother seem to have picked up their mother’s distaste for the whole arrangement.

Cue 2020 being capped off by a doomsday meteor hitting London and wiping out everyone ahead of him in the line of succession …

numerobis
numerobis
3 months ago

Surplus to Requirements: Louis XV was 5th in line but made it to king with a mix of smallpox and measles.

COVID is about equally deadly as measles, so there’s always hope for Harry.

Jenora Feuer
Jenora Feuer
3 months ago

@numerobis:
I hadn’t heard that they’d moved to LA; then again, I’m not an obsessive royals-tracker. I can’t say I’m surprised given Meghan’s an actress. Of course, now things are going to be difficult if they want to get back into Canada.

@Naglfar:
The royal family doesn’t have a lot of day-to-day political power, true, but structurally they still have some.

I’m obviously more familiar with the Canadian system than the English, but in Canada the Governor-General (who acts as the Queen’s voice here) does have some powers that aren’t strictly ceremonial. Granted, a lot of them have to do with ‘what happens between parliaments’, and are mostly involved with ensuring a stable transition of power, so the term of office of a Governor-General is set up (as much as possible) to avoid having both the Governor-General and Parliament both be changing at the same time.

Also, a number of the powers that the Governor-General strictly has by law would probably precipitate a constitutional crisis were they to be actually used.

@Surplus to Requirements:
I spent a while trying to figure out how to say what I was saying without sounding like somebody might consider organizing a terrorist attack. I’m not certain there was a way.

@numerobis:
I don’t think Harry considers that ‘hope’, I think he considers that ‘dread’.

Actually, given the way he’s been cut off currently… hmm. No, he’s probably still in the line of succession unless he explicitly abdicates. It doesn’t help that the ‘line of succession’ isn’t just an England-only thing… every member of the Commonwealth independently has rules for it.

This came up some years back when William’s got married in 2011, when there was a push to change the rules of succession, because previously the rules only allowed a woman to inherit the throne if she had no brothers at all: within a family it was all boys, eldest to youngest, and then the girls. Back when Kate Middleton was first pregnant, the rules were changed in England so it would be strictly by age only, and every other member of the Commonwealth (basically every country that defers to the British royal family in one form or another) had to pass laws within their own jurisdictions to match. I remember this coming up in Canada.

Now, given that the first child was a boy, it didn’t really matter immediately. The actual changes didn’t take effect until early 2015 after all the countries had made their changes, by which point Kate was already several months pregnant with their second child. (Who would be a girl, so it was a good thing the changes took effect before she was born.)

Fortunately, we seem to have been spared wondering what would happen if not all the countries switched over to the new method and we’d end up with different members of the Commonwealth having different monarchs. That would have been… complicated.

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
3 months ago

Would that really have happened? Or would there have been some attempt to harmonize the different orders of succession?

Though, the latter would seem to run afoul of the Arrow theorem, much like ranked-choice voting …

Rabid Rabbit
Rabid Rabbit
3 months ago

Interesting about the etymology of “simp.” I always assumed it was about these weak betas simpering to women in the hope of gaining their favors.

Ariblester
3 months ago

Dalillama wrote on
July 8, 2020 at 11:25 am:

@Ariblester

It’s a contraction of “simpleton” dating to sometime around the turn of the last century. This has come up here over a dozen times now, and I know some of them were threads you were in.

That is entirely possible; I have been popping in and out of discussions infrequently. I can’t find the exact thread that I was in, but it was definitely quite comprehensively discussed in this one, which I wasn’t around for, so apologies for bringing it up again.

Rabid Rabbit wrote on
July 8, 2020 at 6:51 pm:

Interesting about the etymology of “simp.” I always assumed it was about these weak betas simpering to women in the hope of gaining their favors.

I know, right?