In their rush to call the Duchess of Sussex a liar, the British media has thrown caution to the wind. In Meghan’s The Cut profile, she spoke about the convoluted entanglement between the monarchy and the British media, in addition to loss of control and autonomy when it came to simply doing her own social media. She would have liked to have her own royal Instagram where she could publish family photos whenever she wanted. Instead, everything had to go through the Royal Rota first. Meghan said, in part: “There’s literally a structure by which if you want to release photos of your child, as a member of the family, you first have to give them to the Royal Rota. Why would I give the very people that are calling my children the n-word a photo of my child before I can share it with the people that love my child?”
Meghan said that with her whole chest too – she knows that the press covering her was and is racist as hell. She saw the “exotic DNA” and “straight out of Compton” headlines. She heard about the BBC employee comparing her son to a monkey. She knew that the immediate reaction to her mere existence was flatly racist. But please, allow a white woman to condescendingly tell Meghan that her claims are “unsubstantiated.”
Meghan Markle has been blasted after apparently suggesting the British press called her children the n-word. It’s unclear who Meghan was referring to when she said “people”.
Royal experts were quick to question Meghan’s inference, with Royal Editor Ingrid Seward saying: “She appears to make an unsubstantiated claim that the British press used the n-word to describe her children. An interviewer worth her salt would have fact checked that and it is something which never happened.”
But speaking of her interview yesterday, Ingrid Seward said Meghan is “economical with the truth when it suits her,” adding the facts should be backed up. She said: “It appears to me that neither of them [Harry and Meghan] are prepared to accept the blame for anything.”
This is curious to me. While we have a plethora of evidence that the royal press pack was and is racist AF, we actually don’t have receipts that certain Rota members specifically used the N-word. I wonder if Meghan has receipts? It wouldn’t surprise me if she does. It also wouldn’t surprise me if Meghan simply overheard journalists saying that sh-t, or she heard about it second-hand. In any case, it’s strange that Ingrid Seward or any royal commentator is trying to pick at this particular thread, given the receipts which are already in the public sphere. A major Daily Mail columnist literally just referred to Meghan as a “barking mutt” last week.
Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Missan Harriman/The Sussexes, SussexRoyal IG.