Harry and Meghan have been butt of jokes on late night, Golden Globes

 January 9, 2024

Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who left England and moved to Hollywood, have become the butt of late-night jokes recently and were also roasted on the Golden Globes on Sunday night. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose to eschew their royal duties and live in America, away from a family they have come to consider toxic and have accused of being racist.

They quickly procured multi-million dollar deals with Netflix and Spotify to produce content. They bought a home near Hollywood just as COVID lockdowns hit, and Harry released a tell-all memoir, Spare, in January 2023 that basically complained about his family.

Between the time they moved to America in 2020 until now, it seems that the royal couple's reputation has suffered.

Butt of jokes

It didn't help that Harry wrote about frostbite on his penis in Spare, or that the couple's Netflix miniseries was completed ignored by the Globes and Emmys.

First they were spoofed by adult animated series South Park and Family Guy, and then late night hosts started joking about them.

The latest jokes were at the Golden Globes ceremony, which the couple did not attend.

Host Jo Koy compared them in his opening monologue to the HBO drama Succession, calling them a "rich, white dysfunctional family" who were "all scheming."

Markle is half Black and has made much of Buckingham Palace's mixed reaction to that fact and the fact that her offspring are also of mixed race.

More jokes at Golden Globes

Koy also praised Imelda Staunton's portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, saying, "Her portrayal of the queen was so good, Prince Harry called her and asked her for money."

Later in the show, Koy said, "It turns out Prince Harry and Meghan Markle still get paid millions of dollars for doing absolutely nothing," he joked, "and that's just by Netflix."

That one even got a laugh from Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos, although he ruefully shook his head at the same time.

Maybe the couple will lose their Netflix deal just like they lost their Spotify one in June.

Americans seem inordinately interested in British royals, and the more drama the better. That doesn't mean they won't seize on the opportunity to make themselves feel better at Harry and Meghan's expense.

Lots of celebrities have been joked about by comedians and comedy shows, but that doesn't mean their reputations take a hit or even that anyone cares that much as they rake in cash and enjoy the high life, as Meghan and Harry have surely been doing.

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