Comfort feminism and the cruelty of a ‘post-racial’ monarchy in Britain

Lorraine Dowler, Ann E. Bartos

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This paper explores the entanglements of love and cruelty in the publicity of the 2018 wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex. We suggest that the wedding failed to inch closer toward a ‘post-racialized’ society. Rather, the wedding and public (but superficial) embracing of Markle promoted a ‘comfort feminism’ which obscured the mundane white supremacy and sexism of modern Britain. The paper concludes with a brief afterward which discusses the legacy of the royal wedding in the context of the social, political, and cultural challenges wrought by the intersections of the global pandemic and structural racism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)542-549
Number of pages8
JournalGender, Place and Culture
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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