Is Meghan Markle Struggling in London Due to ‘Vicious’ Press?

Every day there seems to be a news story about Meghan Markle, and most often, they are not flattering to the new mom. Why is this? Is there some kind of bias against her in the media? Moving to a new country is hard enough without having to deal with your name constantly being in the headlines. Here’s how Markle handles her new life and the way the press treat her. 

Meghan Markle was criticized for NYC baby shower

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Just before the birth of Baby Archie, Markle decided to have a baby shower. And considering that the tradition is more of an American thing, and many of her friends are from the states, Markle chose to have the shower in New York City. 

According to a source for US Weekly: “Meghan is still struggling with the press in London. She was made aware that Kensington Palace and the royal family, that’s not the way they do it with a big, flashy baby shower like the one she had in NYC.” 

The British were mostly upset because that’s not the normal way things are done in the U.K. But sources say Markle didn’t receive any kind of scolding from the palace, although she was informed that it isn’t the normal thing to do. Despite the backlash, those close to Markle say that she doesn’t regret her decision and she even had a second baby shower in the United Kingdom. 

BBC called racist for ‘Markle Sparkle’ segment

After a comedy segment titled Meghan Markle’s Royal Sparkle, where the duchess is portrayed as a black doll hosting a talk show, The BBC faced a huge backlash from viewers. They were called “racist” for making Markle appear as if she were “trailer trash.” 

The skit included lines that referenced Markle’s alleged feud with Kate Middleton, and her with father, Thomas Markle. When an audience member asked the Markle character what makes her angry, she describes an incident where Middleton used her hairbrush. The Markle doll said: “I say no because that’s gross and then I leave my room and come back and I can tell she’s used my hairbrush anyway because it’s covered in skanky hair that’s going grey and I say, ‘Stay the f**k out of my trailer or I’ll cut you, Kate.'” 

Fans were upset at the attitude Markle was portrayed with. They claimed she was given a “ghetto voice,” and also that her skin color was darkened to bring to attention her heritage. “This genuinely might be the worst thing the BBC has ever put on TV,” one Twitter user wrote. 

Does the British media mistreat Meghan Markle?

Many people have pointed out that Markle seems to be treated differently in the press than any royal before her. In a report put out by Vanity Fair, they claimed: “People don’t want to speak honestly about the real issue: they don’t believe a black woman has a place in the royal family.”

It’s not just that Markle is criticized, after all, most do acknowledge that both Middleton and Princess Diana were also criticized a lot, but they say that there is much more anger and vitriol in their reporting with Markle.

One infamous headline that upset Markle’s supporters was the Daily Mail’s article titled Harry’s Girl is (Almost) Straight Outta Compton, which was published shortly after she started dating the prince. They also point to the continuous claims that Markle is in a feud with Middleton, or causing Prince Harry to fight with Prince William. These types of headline push the “angry black woman” narrative.

Camilla Tominey, royal correspondent for the Telegraph, disagrees that there’s any kind of bias when reporting on Markle. According to CBC: “She [Tominey] says that comparison is unfair and that much has changed about royal coverage since Diana’s death. She is also adamant that race has not been a factor in press coverage, but acknowledges there has been some “anti-Americanism” when it comes to reporting on the former Suits actor.”

Is Meghan Markle struggling over her treatment in the press?

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An insider told US Weekly: “It’s hard for Meghan in London because the press is so vicious to her there. This is her life every day. But her mentality is like, well if this is what it’s going to be like, I’m going to do what I want to do.”

Markle seems to be accepting that this is the way things are going to be for her, and she’s come up with a healthy way to handle it. By adopting the idea that she might as well do what she likes, despite what the press reports about her, she will probably be much more happy in the long run. 

A good example of this was her baby shower. She was criticized for having it, but Markle decided to go ahead and do it anyway. With that kind of attitude, Markle should have a much easier time going forward with royal life.