As royals of the same royal family that did this to Ireland, it would be different had they come to apologise for the barbarity of British rule on this island and for the part Queen Victoria – “the Famine Queen” – played in the utter ruin of Ireland during the Great Famine, but they didn’t. Harry and Meaghan came – as British royals – to play the part of international celebrities, stars we were all expected to flock to see. They didn’t seem to notice how empty the streets were, how so few people turned out to welcome them.
Our “family of nations” is a construct that was invented for the purposes of empire. It was crafted as a racialised hierarchy for the orders of the great white conqueror; from the thoughtful and rational Englishman, through the defeated singing Welshman, the bitter and resentful drunken Scotsman, to the feckless and uncontrollable Irishman.