‘The Royal Family’: Is the Media Criticizing Meghan Markle in Order to Cover Up This Huge Scandal?

Meghan Markle has only officially been royal for a little over a year, but given all of the media coverage that she has received, it may feel like a lot longer.

The media loves to criticize most royals but for some reason, people have taken an especially scrutinizing stance when it comes to Markle. Anything she does is newsworthy. If Markle is seen out without a smile on her face, headlines everywhere call her rude or cold. The girl can’t win.

Defending Markle

At some points in her time as a royal, certain celebrities have even come out to defend her.

George Clooney, for one, has spoken up for her time and time again.

“I do want to say, I just saw this piece…They’re just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere,” he said in February, according to Who. “She’s been pursued and vilified. She’s a woman who is seven months pregnant and she is being pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that [Princess] Diana was, and it’s history repeating itself…and we’ve seen how that ends.”

And then he defended her once again on Good Morning Britain.

“I think it’s a little unfair,” he said. “I’ve seen it when the press can turn on you for sort of ridiculous reasons and for almost nothing and it seemed… to be a little unjust since she hadn’t done anything except just happen to live her life.”

Why is the press so focused on criticizing Markle?

The constant criticism of Markle may be absurd, but it could be serving a purpose.

The royal family has had a pretty rough week as news recently broke that Queen Elizabeth II’s son, Prince Andrew has been accused of sexually assaulting someone. But instead of reporting on that, most outlets have stuck to the usual “how is Markle breaking protocol” tropes.

What is Prince Andrew accused of?

The allegations against the prince arose from documents surrounding the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s criminal case. One of the documents, that was just unsealed this week, described the allegations against Prince Andrew.

In Johanna Sjoberg’s deposition for her 2015 lawsuit against Epstein, she said that Prince Andrew groped her at Epstein’s home when she was just 21.

The prince has also been accused of taking part in Epstein’s sex trafficking ring of underage girls and of having paid women for sex multiple times.

Prince Andrew has repeatedly denied these claims and Buckingham Palace released a statement which basically said that the prince had nothing to do with the whole sex trafficking case.

“This relates to proceedings in the United States, to which The Duke of York is not a party,” the statement read. “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.”

If the palace is using Markle as a deflection, they haven’t done the best job, as people on Twitter have been picking up on the cover-up.

Twitter reactions

Twitter users have been quick to call out the British press.

“So #Meghan edits Vogue and the outrage erupts,” one person tweeted. “But Prince Andrew is deeply involved with #Epstein – has been brushed under carpet before, now what?”

“Buckingham Palace statement defending Prince Andrew’s connection to the #Epstien sex scandal w/ minors makes me sick,” one person commented. “Those young women (children when it happened) deserve justice. And why couldn’t @RoyalFamily make a statement in defending Duchess Meghan against lies & racism.”

“Hummm God help Meghan,” another person wrote. “This is really not nice. How long will she condone this gross unfairness? She should have been vigorously defended after that Wimbledon incident, not to mention the bullying following her involvement in Vogue. She was blamed for decisions made by her and H.”