The Story of House of Windsor Is Kahani Har Desi Ghar Ki

I watched the Meghan-Harry interview with Oprah and my only reaction is “OMG! The royals are so desi”

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Meghan and Harry’s explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey has been the only thing everyone’s talking about since it aired on 7 March in the United States. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke about why they stepped down from their duties, about being trapped in the system, uncalled for character assassination from the press, attacks on her race, and a lot more.

When I was watching this hour and a half sit-down interview, I may have said “WHAT?” more than once, or at least as many times as Oprah did. Not because of the shocking revelations made by the ex-royal couple but because their experiences are so DESI, no wonder we desis are so obsessed with this family.

Let me elaborate on the similarities between the royal family and (almost) every desi family ever.

Image Is Everything Because Logg Kya Kahenge...

Much like the royals, we are taught to confine all our issues, troubles, sufferings within the four walls, for the sake of our family’s pride and honour.

Chaar deewarein is the shield that protects you from chaar logg ki baatein.

Remember Dhingra’s words from the film Rockstar... that’s what we are talking about.
Remember Dhingra’s words from the film Rockstar... that’s what we are talking about.
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Baccha Gora Hona Chahiye Because of Course Only Fair Is Lovely!

Oh yes! We’re totally obsessed with fair skin just like the royals, especially our grandmothers who believe they can change our naturally brown skin to white, one nuska at a time. Yes, we love brown munde and girls too, but only in song lyrics - IRL, it’s gotta be gora-chitta.

Just like Archie was too dark to be a prince and (almost) every desi girl is too dark to find her “perfect” prince. After all, you gotta be fair to get everything lovely.

How you’re treated is directly proportional to the colour of your skin? 
How you’re treated is directly proportional to the colour of your skin? 
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Mental Health? What’s That?! This Is Life, Deal With It.

According to the royals and (most) desis, mental illness is just a state of mind, not a real illness. You don’t need a therapist or any kind of help to fix yourself, those things are for the weak. These are the kind of things you shouldn’t tell someone who’s struggling with their mental illness.

“She was married to a prince, lived in a palace, travelled the world, she has no reason to be depressed or unhappy even.”, is something I can totally expect people to say after watching the Meghan-Harry interview.

One solution to many mental health problems. 
One solution to many mental health problems. 
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If You Need Khandaan Ka Paisa, Do as the Khandaan Says.

It’s all about loving your parents’... ideologies. This is something you’re taught young, all that is theirs is ours... conditions applied.

“Your family knows and understands what’s best for you, even better than you.”, is something you hear often in every desi house.

Don’t expect to receive (money) if you aren’t willing to give (up on your ideas of life).
Don’t expect to receive (money) if you aren’t willing to give (up on your ideas of life).
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Jethani-Devrani in One House = Unlimited Drama

We aren’t sure if Kate made Meghan cry or the other way round but hey, that’s the story of every desi joint family ever. Two bahus can’t live in the same house, can they? One will always be the family’s favourite and the other will be the villain.

If this isn’t your story, we are genuinely happy for you. 
If this isn’t your story, we are genuinely happy for you. 
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Oh He's Rich?! It's Obviously the Money She Is After...

Unscientific explanation: No matter how successful or independent a woman is, marrying rich is her ultimate life goal. After all, shaadi is the only lottery ticket that can change our fortune.

Not what women do after they get married. 
Not what women do after they get married. 
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Blame it on the Bahu

Meghan’s story is a perfect plot for a blockbuster daily soap. There’s an autocratic sasural and an outsider bahu. If something’s not going right in the fam, obviously the outsider is to be blamed. If she provides a solution, that’s a problem too, because she’d be interfering in the family’s “internal matter”. Between all this drama, there’s a man who’s trying hard to keep his mother and wife happy.

She didn’t say this, she may as well. 
She didn’t say this, she may as well. 
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Interracial/Inter-Caste Wedding?! Naaahhhiiiinnn

You don’t just marry a person, you marry the family. Keh diya na... bass keh diya!

<i>Uff tumhare yeh asool, tumhare adarsh!</i>
Uff tumhare yeh asool, tumhare adarsh!
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And of Course, the Big Fat Indian/Royal Wedding

Meghan said that she was aware that her wedding was a ‘spectacle for the world’ and it wasn’t about them at all, and I can’t describe desi weddings better. I mean, how many couples do we know who actually have a good time at their wedding? Half the time, they are just nervous about everything going right and the other half is spent thinking about whether the guests liked the food or no.

Every desi parent when their kid says, “I want a simple wedding.”
Every desi parent when their kid says, “I want a simple wedding.”
(Photo: Giphy/Star World)

We feel you, Meghan.

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