Simply days away from the discharge of what guarantees to be a really revelatory interview with Oprah Winfrey (!!!), Meghan Markle is in headlines battling unsavoury allegations—once more.
A report printed by The Instances late Tuesday evening claims that unidentified royal aides have come ahead to indicate the general public a aspect of Markle we haven’t seen—the “imply” aspect. Their statements embrace allegations of demanding and humiliating behaviour that finally led two private assistants to depart Kensington Palace.
Now that the duke and duchess are now not working members of the Royal Household, Markle is extra at liberty to talk out in opposition to what her and Harry’s spokesperson calls a “calculated smear marketing campaign primarily based on deceptive and dangerous misinformation.” The couple launched a press release in response to the allegations, refuting them as defamatory.
“We’re dissatisfied to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet,” the Sussexes’ spokesperson mentioned in a press release offered to The Instances.
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An extra assertion from their spokesperson, made public by royal editor Chris Ship, reads: “It’s no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations geared toward undermining the duchess are being briefed to the British media shortly earlier than she and the duke are on account of converse overtly and actually about their expertise of latest years.”
Within the newest teaser for the Oprah interview, Markle is proven talking concerning the Royal Household “perpetuating falsehoods” and questions how The Agency—the title she makes use of to consult with the household—may count on she and Harry to remain quiet concerning the scrutiny they confronted whereas at Kensington Palace.
Their CBS tell-all interview airs at 8 p.m. (EST) on March 7, fittingly the day earlier than Worldwide Girls’s Day. Commenters on-line have been fast to notice the suspicious timing of the most recent accusations in opposition to Markle. Some have gone as far as to name it a smear marketing campaign, with the objective of preemptively discrediting something that the duo says within the interview.
“The duchess is saddened by this newest assault on her character, notably as somebody who has been the goal of bullying herself and is deeply dedicated to supporting those that have skilled ache and trauma,” the duke and duchess’s assertion continues. “She is decided to proceed her work constructing compassion world wide and can maintain striving to set an instance for doing what is correct and doing what is nice.”
Whereas Buckingham Palace very hardly ever makes statements to the media, they’ve needed to since Markle joined the household in 2019 on account of the entire harassment she obtained from British tabloid media. Way back to 2016, after they had been solely simply linked collectively, Harry launched a press release in Markle’s defence. Prince Harry did so once more in 2019 in response to relentless media assaults. However on this newest allegation, the Royal Household doesn’t look like coming to Markle’s defence. On March 3, Buckingham Palace launched a press release saying they’re “very involved” and that they plan to look into the accusations. “The Royal Family has had a Dignity at Work coverage in place for plenty of years and doesn’t and won’t tolerate bullying or harassment within the office,” the assertion completed.
Let it by no means be forgotten that whereas Prince Andrew was credibly accused of paedophilia, the royal household deflected by pretending Britain’s first Black princess was a bully
— The Trials of Arturo (@ArturosTrials) March 3, 2021
Meghan Markle has been the goal of media critique for years, however the place’s the identical vitality for Prince Andrew?
Along with noting that the media’s lashing out at Markle—who has been a goal of public ridicule and racism since she and Harry had been first noticed collectively—days earlier than their massive tell-all interview airs is fairly darn sketchy, commenters on-line have been mentioning the hypocrisy in the best way they royals are written about usually, notably the truth that no media has come for Prince Andrew with almost as a lot vitriol as what Markle experiences.
ICYMI, Prince Andrew was embroiled in one of many largest scandals ever to hit the Royal Household. In 2019, the Duke of York sat down for an interview with BBC Two to debate his connection to convicted intercourse offender, the late Jeffrey Epstein.
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Regardless of his shut connection to Epstein—Prince Andrew maintained his friendship with him for years regardless of his conviction—and a really damning allegation from Virginia Roberts Giuffre accusing the prince of being certainly one of Epstein’s common shoppers, in addition to pictures of them collectively—the duke hasn’t confronted almost the identical degree of scrutiny that Markle has. He ultimately stepped away from his royal duties, and that was that.
“From the start of Meghan and Harry’s relationship, the media emphasised how totally different she was from different girls who had married into the Royal Household,” Carolyn Harris, a royal historian and College of Toronto lecturer, tells FLARE. “Protection of Meghan and Harry has change into nearer to movie star protection the place there’s fixed scrutiny of all facets of their lives, whereas protection of Prince Andrew is intense when there’s a brand new growth … then much less consideration within the press till the following main growth.”
“In 2019, there was a really sturdy unfavourable response from the press and public to Prince Andrew’s interview with the BBC the place Andrew described Epstein’s mansion as a ‘handy place to remain’ and didn’t categorical any compassion for Epstein’s victims till he issued a press release after the interview,” Harris continues. “Since Andrew disappeared from public life, there was comparatively little press protection of his actions, and the present press protection largely centered on whether or not he’ll converse to the FBI.”
In the meantime, throughout this era The Mail went to excessive lengths to dig up Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s flight data, whereas virtually ignoring what was taking place with Epstein. As a substitute of scrutinizing Prince Andrew, the subject of focus by the media remained on Markle’s personal jets, dear dwelling renovation, yoga habits and extra.
The comparability between how these two royals have been portrayed within the media isn’t new, nevertheless it bares repeating in mild of the brand new allegations in opposition to Markle—and the Twitterverse is asking out the double normal.
“The character assassination of Meghan Markle by the press is insane and so blatant,” Troy the Magician wrote on Twitter. “But Prince Andrew is out right here… Let me not even begin.”
The character assassination of Meghan Markle by the press is insane and so blatant! But Prince Andrew is out right here…. let me not even begin
— TROY the MAGICIAN (@TROYmagician) March 3, 2021
One other Twitter person wrote: “Think about for a second if we lived in a world the place the media scrutinized Prince Andrew as a lot as they do Meghan Markle.”
“This nation is simply too cowardly to carry a royal member to account, except they’re American and Black. Then they’ll maintain them to account for merely current,” one other particular person tweeted.
Some Markle defenders have gone as far as to make claims that the British tabloid media provided cash to psychologists and former buddies and colleagues of Markle to contribute lies about her for his or her articles.
The media harassment has even entered courtrooms, with Markle only in the near past being awarded $625,000 in the direction of her million-dollar authorized charges after successful a privateness declare in opposition to the Mail on Sunday, which printed extracts of a letter she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, earlier than her marriage ceremony.
And Harry and Meghan have confronted far harsher penalties IRL, too
Past the media’s unfair portrayal of Meghan Markle vs. Prince Andrew, the implications the 2 have confronted for his or her alleged actions are additionally manner out of whack. Whereas his connection to Epstein meant Andrew has stepped away from his royal duties, he nonetheless lives in Windsor, continues to work with a few of his charitable organizations (although a lot of dropped him) and he hasn’t misplaced his navy titles.
Prince Harry loses all his royal privileges whereas Jeffrey Epstein’s BFF Prince Andrew will get to maintain his. Bought it.
— Hoodlum 🇺🇸 (@NotHoodlum) February 25, 2021
In the meantime, Markle’s complete character known as into query again and again. She’s been critiqued for issues as minor and ridiculous as carrying trousers, she is consistently pitted in opposition to her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, and has principally ben pressured to flee Britain for the sake of her and Harry’s psychological well being. Andrew has by no means needed to defend his relationship to Epstein, save an non-compulsory interview with NBC, whereas Markle has needed to defend herself in opposition to racist remarks, rampant sexism and supposedly attempting to climb a social ladder by marrying royalty.
Fortunately, the latest allegations haven’t appeared to take steam out of the thrill of Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah—if something, the general public appears much more eager to tune in now.
The smear marketing campaign in opposition to Meghan is simply giving the Oprah interview good publicity: now much more individuals are gonna tune in to seek out out what occurred. I did not actually care about watching it and now I wish to watch it!
— My life out of context (@TheBellaMaake) March 4, 2021
Hopefully, if not clearing Markle of those allegations, the interview will a minimum of placed on show simply how unfairly she’s been handled.