A new segment from "60 Minutes" in Australia is drawing fire for attacking the Duchess of Sussex.
A video preview of an upcoming 60 Minutes segment called "#Megxit" set the Internet on fire earlier this week. The segment claims to explore how "Meghan Markle lost her sparkle" and the description of the documentary goes as far as to call Markle "insufferable."
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Among the commentators featured on the program is known racist, Katie Hopkins.
In the preview, Hopkins is shown criticizing Markle's fashion choices, telling her to abdicate, and calling her a "no one." In the past, Hopkins has been criticized for her racist remarks. She has repeatedly promoted white genocide conspiracy theories, denounced multiculturalism, and called for an end to both illegal and legal immigration. Hopkins is known as a member of the far-right in Britain and has been widely criticized for her xenophobic, racist, and anti-Islamic attitudes. Yet, 60 Minutes Australia has chosen to broadcast her critique of the Duchess to the masses.
Meghan Markle has been the subject of baseless criticism like this since her relationship with Prince Harry was first reported.
Tabloids have had a field day with Markle, an American, biracial, divorcee, and actress marrying into the royal family. Tabloids have latched onto a seemingly made-up feud between Meghan and her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton. They have also latched onto Markle's half-sister, who has repeatedly trashed the Duchess on television and in print, making a career out of selling-out her sister. Markle's own father staged paparazzi pictures in order to make a quick buck just days before her wedding to Prince Harry. Members of the royal family even came under fire for acting racist towards Markle, including an instance when Princess Michael of Kent wore an offensive brooch to the Queen's Christmas Luncheon that appeared to be a direct slight towards Markle.
The Duchess does not deserve all of this hate.
Meghan Markle has been nothing but a role model for women during her time in the public eye. Even before she married into the royal family, Markle has used her celebrity status to advocate for good causes. She worked as an advocate for UN Women and a global ambassador for World Vision. Even at the ripe young age of 11, Markle wrote a letter about a sexist ad she saw on TV, eventually persuading the company to change the wording. One of her first acts as a newly-minted Royal was to work with the victims of the Grenfell fire to publish a cookbook, the proceeds of which went back to the victims. She is now the official royal patron of London's National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Smart Works, Mayhew, and the Royal Foundation.
It is clear that Meghan Markle has a good heart, and that all of this hate is fueled by jealousy and underscored by racist attitudes.