People Are Finally Calling Out The Double Standard That Tabloids Have With Meghan Markle
"Sorry media, I'm not going to take a single story about Meghan Markle seriously until Prince Andrew is drop kicked into the sun."
We are only days away from the long-awaited Meghan Markle and Prince Harry interview with the one and only, Oprah Winfrey. So naturally, the British tabloids have gone into overdrive in an attempt to divert attention away from the TV special.
One year after the couple quit their job as royals, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex finally agreed to do a sit-down interview, which is set to air on March 7 in the US and March 8 in Australia.
While short snippets of the 90-minute Oprah special have already begun to circulate online, CBS clarified that the interview would cover “everything, from stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how [Meghan] is handling life under intense public pressure”.
The interview is also said to touch on “their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family” with “no subject that’s off-limits”.
I'M AWAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/DKNi6F9kob
— BIPOC Shakur (@ShutUpMurdy) March 1, 2021
Meghan Markle, Bullying And The Murder-Linked Earrings
Strangely, despite Meghan Markle not even speaking in any of the released footage, the Duchess has, once again, been targeted by the British press — which is the exact thing that led the couple to leave the royal family in the first place.
On Tuesday, The Times reported that a number of sources claim that Meghan Markle had “bullied” palace aides during her time in Kensington Palace. The aides allege that a former advisor filed a bullying complaint against the Duchess as she “drove two personal assistants out of the household and was undermining the confidence of a third staff member”.
Of course, a spokesperson for Meghan Markle denied the allegations, and called it a “calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation” that is simply being used “by Buckingham Palace to peddle a wholly false narrative” prior to the couple’s Oprah interview being aired.
The representative also added that Meghan feels like this is just another dishonest attack against her character, which is something tabloids have enabled for years. But it’s not lost on the public the convenient timing of these claims of “bullying” being published right before the Oprah with Meghan and Harry interview is released.
And who will investigate Buckingham Palace for bullying Meghan Markle? https://t.co/er4uuSD7up
— Unk (@Scooba_Steve_) March 3, 2021
But even beyond the bullying allegations, British tabloids also decided to call out Meghan Markle for… literally wearing a certain pair of earrings this week, too.
The earrings in question were worn by the Duchess to a 2018 dinner in Fiji, and were said to be a gift given to the Crown by Mohammed bin Salman. But despite the CIA literally only officially blaming the murder of journalist Jamal Khahoggi on MBS last month, the tabloids still somehow tried to attack Meghan Markle for wearing some gifted jewellery from over two years ago.
Beyond that, the likelihood of Meghan even knowing where the earrings had come from is highly unlikely. As PEOPLE reports, they were given by the Saudi Arabian royal family on March 7, 2018, and neither Meghan nor Harry were present when they were gifted, with the jewellery being stored away as property of the Crown.
Yet, The Times still came out with a cracker headline on the matter, with ‘Meghan’s earrings were gift from Saudi prince accused of murder’.
Then there was, of course, The Daily Mail who added a little more spice with ‘Meghan’s £500,000 diamond earrings were NOT ‘borrowed’ but a ‘wedding gift from Saudi Crown Prince’ — and worn by Duchess three weeks after he approved the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi in consulate’.
The Clear Double Standard With The British Tabloids
But the timing of all these new tabloid stories are quite transparent and haven’t gone unnoticed. In fact, people have begun calling out the British media for digging up old stories just as the Duke and Duchess are set to speak openly about their personal experience over the last few years.
The Daily Mail and The Telegraph have even gone so far as to suggest that the Oprah with Meghan and Harry special shouldn’t go ahead due to Prince Philip’s declining health, further proving the motives behind these tabloid smear campaigns coming up seemingly out of the blue.
Why is it that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry can’t openly speak their truth to prevent stressing out an already-sick Prince Philip, but a number of royal aides can go to the press to accuse the Duchess of bullying? And why exactly can’t the Duke and Duchess chat to Oprah due to Prince Philip’s declining health, but Prince Andrew could easily do so with his own BBC interview?
Philip seemed to cope when it became clear Prince Andrew was mates with the head of an international paedophile ring pic.twitter.com/9YQRS7oa7F
— Toby Earle (@TobyonTV) March 2, 2021
Prince Andrew is a nonce, that isn’t affecting Prince Philip’s health? https://t.co/EN8QnMMu1k
— #SummerSalt #Confusement #Windfree (@RejiYates) March 3, 2021
Thankfully, despite the British media’s failed attempts to further paint Meghan Markle as some evil figure hell-bent on destroying the monarchy, people have seen the light and have begun calling out the clear double standard when it comes to women of colour in the royal family, and the strange tabloid silence on actually disgraced royals like Prince Andrew.
For example, it seems awfully strange that Meghan Markle would be called out for wearing a gift from the Saudi Arabian royal family, when the UK signed off a 1.4 billion pound arms export deal with the country last year.
Similarly, it’s weird that British media seem fixated on reporting the Duchess as a bully and evil person, when Prince Andrew literally had to step down from royal duties to his ties with convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew himself was even accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl multiple times throughout the 2000s, and yet tabloids like to pretend that these claims don’t exist. Even after his trainwreck BBC interview over the allegations in 2019, the British press still didn’t attack Prince Andrew as much as Meghan Markle has been dragged in the last 48 hours over a pair of damn earrings.
And that, ladies and gentleman, is the British press for you.
So let me get this straight. The UK have provided over £1.4bn worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the Queen has a son who is wanted for questioning by the FBI for being a paedophile, but it's Meghan Markle's earrings you're worried about? You can only laugh at this point https://t.co/WpQ4qppD0U
— AM 🇯🇲 (@KRUZAA_) March 3, 2021
Imagine for a moment if we lived in a world where the media scrutinised Prince Andrew as much as they do Meghan Markle
— Jack Duncan🔻 (@JackDunc1) March 3, 2021
5 White Men discussing how Meghan Markle killed Khashoggi with her ear rings, bullied people like the Home Secretary, & has scared the living daylights out of the establishment without having said anything, yet
Misogyny & Racism is a toxic mix pic.twitter.com/GsBwdIBLH8
— nazir afzal (@nazirafzal) March 3, 2021
I’m glad that UK media is finally taking an interest in the questionable ethical decisions made by royals!
My next suggestions:
– The Queen lobbied for change in law to hide her private wealth.
– Prince Andrew.
— Dr Meenal Viz | Get #Vaccinated ✌🏾 (@meenalsworld) March 2, 2021
Elizabeth's son "Prince" Andrew courted underage girls, her other son "Prince" Charles sells weapons to regimes our media routinely criticises, yet all our media care about is Meghan's earrings, y'all see it tho? Hmm LOL
— swiss neutrality (@ashindestad) March 3, 2021
Buckingham Palace: ‘Meghan wore some earrings’
Prince Charles: pic.twitter.com/xz9oclFYn1
— Toby Earle (@TobyonTV) March 3, 2021
I just wanna know where are all these aides fessing up about Prince Andrew being best mates with a sex trafficker, paedophile and serial rapist. https://t.co/Alt0buiDdR
— Hanna Ines Flint (@HannaFlint) March 3, 2021
They’re going to shit themselves when they hear about Prince Andrew. https://t.co/tfjSgsLRnL
— Mr Roger Quimbly (@RogerQuimbly) March 2, 2021
The British Media When you mention Prince Andrew… pic.twitter.com/ZkNBYc9i9S
— Part of the Rebel Alliance and a Traitor (@HerRoyalDykness) March 3, 2021
The Royals have the audacity to be like “Meghan is a bully 🥺” while wearing my great great grandma’s stolen ass rubies on their crusty necks
— Zara Rahim (@ZaraRahim) March 3, 2021
Look, it’s Meghan Markle bullying the staf…oh wait. pic.twitter.com/eIAh5i7AR8
— BLACKLIVESMATTER (@Jasamgurlie) March 3, 2021
The character assassination of Meghan Markle by the press is insane and so blatant! Yet Prince Andrew is out here…. let me not even start
— TROY the MAGICIAN (@TROYmagician) March 3, 2021
Sorry media, I'm not going to take a single story about Meghan Markle seriously until Prince Andrew is drop kicked into the sun.
— Tasha Suri (@tashadrinkstea) March 3, 2021
So everyone get ready to tune in to Oprah with Meghan and Harry next week, even if it is just to support Meghan Markle, and to piss off the tabloids and royal family that little bit more.
Let it never be forgotten that while Prince Andrew was credibly accused of paedophilia, the royal family deflected by pretending Britain's first Black princess was a bully
— The Trials of Arturo (@ArturosTrials) March 3, 2021
‘Oprah With Meghan And Harry’ will air on Monday, 8 March at 7.30pm on 10.