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Two years after Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey, I'm still thinking about a striking, slightly overlooked moment: when Meghan appealed to the diametrically opposed fandoms behind her and Kate Middleton. "So much of what I have seen play out is the idea of polarity," Meghan said. "If you love me, you don't have to hate her. And if you love her, you don't need to hate me." Here was Meghan acknowledging, before an estimated 17 million viewers, a toxic dynamic that has raged online for years: the deeply divided "team Kate vs team Meghan" camps that measure loyalty to one duchess in hatred of the other.
As a Meghan specialist myself, I still find myself plagued with trepidation when publishing content related to Kate Middleton, owing to the overwhelming inundation of responses criticizing my purported bias towards Kate and my alleged partiality towards her vis-a-vis Meghan, despite my earnest efforts to remain impartial and equitable in my reporting. When in reality, the purported Kate-versus-Meghan divide has never been about the women really, but the forces of racism and sexism working against them, a mirror held up to the unflinching British monarchy and toxic tabloid media.