Meghan Markle Thought the Press Commentary About Her Was Racist, Book Reveals

As a senior working member of the British royal family, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex was forced to endure continuous rumors and gossip. Since the royal family has a never explain or complain policy, the former actor was not allowed to clap back at any of the untruths that were being said about her.

While all of the royals, including Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge have endured tabloid lies and rumors at one point or another, the lies that Meghan was confronted with also had a tinge of racism.

With a Black mother and white father, the activist was well-versed in American racism. However, the more subtle British racism was not as overt. Now, in a new book, Finding Freedom by reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, we’re finding out just how bad things got for Meghan.

Meghan Markle was unprepared for the British press’ attacks against her

Though the Duchess of Sussex was warned by her friends about the ruthlessness of the U.K. press, nothing could have prepared her for what she endured. “I had no idea,” she explained in an interview for ITV’s Harry and Meghan: An African Journey.

Royal author Tom Quinn explained the press’ viciousness toward Meghan to Fox News,

The British press are famously good at taking someone and building them up and saying they’re absolutely wonderful. And then when that story runs out of steam, they need something else. So they then come up with the opposite. They run that person down… The nicknames were picked up by the press and used against Meghan. They did, in fact, come from the palace.

Unfortunately, because she was a woman of color and an American who didn’t quite understand the royals’ relationship with the press, Meghan became an easy target for sexist and racist attacks.

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Meghan Markle regained her confidence after Megxit

Things got so bad that Meghan reportedly began believing there was a conspiracy against her. In fact, when she was pregnant with her son, Archie Harrison, she only left her Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage to attend necessary events.

Despite what was happening, the royal family never intervened.” If the queen had once said, in her way, ‘Hey, guys, this is my grandson and his wife,” journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown told Vanity Fair. “They just got married. Back off and let them build a life for themselves,’ the hounds would have backed off. But she never did. And she still hasn’t. I find that unforgivable, actually, since she has the power. They absolutely worship her in this country.”

Thankfully, now that she is out of the royal fold and back home, Meghan is regaining her footing. “[Meghan’s] fully emerged from the royal experience and is back on track and on form as a confident and inspirational speaker in her own right,” body language expert Judi James told Daily Mail. 

Meghan Markle thought the attacks against her were racist

Since the U.K. does not like to acknowledge their own racism, the duchess suffered in silence. “This is a script that wrote itself as soon as you knew that an American actress was coming into the royal family,” Scobie and Durand revealed via The Sunday Times. “Meghan felt as though some of the commentary and tabloid stories were more than a culture clash; they were sexist and prejudiced. If a man got up before dawn to work, he was applauded for his work ethic. If a woman did it, she was deemed difficult or ‘a bitch.’ The double standard was exacerbated when it came to successful women of color, often labeled demanding or aggressive.”

A friend of the duchess’ also explained that the press leached on to Meghan because she was an easy target. “She’s the easiest person in the world to work with,” they said. “Certain people just don’t like the fact she stands out.'”