OPINION: Meghan Markle DOES NOT deserve the character assassination she's ruthlessly subjected to

Updated on Aug 11, 2021 09:20 AM IST  |  408.6K
   
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's 'collective' LA move has been termed as Megxit.
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Step 1: Head on to Twitter, Step 2: Write a tweet with #MeghanMarkle and witness the recommended hashtags that follow. #MeghanMarkleisaBully, #MeghanMarkleisaLiar are some of the trending #s for The Duchess of Sussex which left me considerably perplexed. In comparison, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton are free from such hashtags while for Prince William, it's a tame #PrinceWilliamisaHyprocrite. Ironic, ain't it?

In 2019, when Harry and Meghan announced their controversial decision to step back as senior royal roles, the immediate blame game was pointed at The Duchess, in spite of it being a 'collective' standpoint. What made it worse was how this particular move was deemed as Megxit, with no fingers pointed at Queen Elizabeth's grandson. Meghan became the vicious villain who tricked Harry into leaving the royal family! This is regardless of how, on various occasions, especially in the moving mental health docuseries, The Me You Can't See, which was co-produced by Harry and Oprah Winfrey, The Duke of Sussex had stressed how he didn't want his wife to have the same outcome as his late mother, Princess Diana.

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The Princess of Wales, too, was hounded by the British press, where her every move was captured by the paparazzi giving her zero breathing space. It was also while being chased for coverage that led to her imminent death in 1997. Meghan, too, has openly spoken about her battles with mental health, being constantly defamed under the public eye especially after she started dating Harry, and how she was driven beyond her limits, but when asked for help, she was allegedly denied.

When it was revealed that Harry and Meghan were in a relationship and thereafter they were engaged to get married, for many, this romance felt like a glimmer of hope for representation within the royal family. However, in their controversial Oprah interview, Meghan claimed that a prominent royal family member enquired about her and Harry's son Archie's skin tone thus reigniting the racism claims towards the monarchy.

2021 also saw a 2018 bullying claim against Meghan resurfacing which The Duchess staunchly denied. What's questionable about this revelation is not just the claim per se but the timing. It was mere days before Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview was scheduled to air. And the fact that the usually privy royal family doesn't address such accusations, in fact, put out a statement. While William was publically "sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players," via his official tweet, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford after England's UEFA Euro 2020 loss against Italy, several questioned why such a stand wasn't taken when his sister-in-law was brutally subjected to open racism on a silver platter by the public and media. Why the convenient silence?

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Some even point out the difference in headlines by the British press between Meghan and Kate. Meghan, in particular, has been gossip fodder for media since the inception of her and Harry's dating days. During their candid engagement interview with BBC in 2017, via ABC, Meghan had shared her thoughts on the scrutiny that had already surrounded her, particularly centering on her ethnicity. "Of course, it's disheartening. You know it's a shame that that is the climate in this world to focus that much on that or that that would be discriminatory in that sense," Meghan pondered before adding, "...but at the end of the day I'm really just proud of who I am and where I come from, and we have never put any focus on that. We've just focused on who we are as a couple. And so when you take all those extra layers away and all of that noise, I think it makes it really easy to just enjoy being together and tune all the rest of that out." Alas, it got too much to handle!

A little background check on Meghan would make it known that she's always been a philanthropist even during her Suits days, with her lifestyle blog Tig, as well as being a UN Women's ambassador, as the classic examples. That same philanthropy was shared between her and Harry during their short tenure as senior working royals and especially, after. Advocating mental health, women's rights, etc have been at the forefront for the couple in their many initiatives like 40x40, Meghan's 40th birthday project to motivate women employment.

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One of the big reasons for Meghan and Harry's LA move was their need for privacy, not just for them, but their two children - Archie Harrison, 2, and Lilibet Diana, two months. However, many questioned why Meghan and Harry gave so many revelations-filled interviews about the royal family if what they were seeking was privacy. In an interview with Today, Oprah defended Meghan and Harry explaining what it is that The Duke and Duchess meant by privacy. "being able to have a life that you are not intruded upon by photographers or people flying overhead or invading your life is what every person wants and deserves, is to not to be intruded and invaded upon," Oprah explained hoping that people will understand that for Harry and Meghan, "privacy means not being invaded, not being intruded."

However, Oprah further stated that Meghan and Harry "are public figures who are going to use their platform to speak to the world. And I'm sure we will continue to hear from them. Privacy doesn't mean silence. That's what people are missing." Like I mentioned earlier, there are clear-cut accusations being targeted solely at Meghan and even if she may be in the wrong, like many assume she is, why isn't the same questioning aimed at Harry, who is equally if not more responsible for the LA move? Why aren't the other members of the royal family held accountable the same way Meghan is on a daily basis? Why the hypocrisy? It's not just the press and public though. Her own family, including estranged father Thomas Markle, half-sister Samantha Markle and more recently, Meghan's half-brother Thomas Markle Jr. on Big Brother VIP, have verbally attacked their own family member.

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Harry was always the rebellious adult, similar to his mom's zest for life and freedom, and that's mostly because he didn't have the weight of the monarchy on his shoulders like his big brother William is harbouring. Maybe, if the roles were reversed, Harry too would have been of the more conservative, following royal protocols kinds. However, in such a case, he would probably have never even thought of marrying Meghan, a move so unlike the royal family. 

Nevertheless, Meghan and Harry fell in love, tried the royal family life, and realised they weren't cut from the same formal cloth as the other senior working royals were trained their whole life. Let's not forget that just like you and me, they're human too and the constant degradation from the press and public can get to just about anyone. Mental health matters and Meghan, along with Harry, decided to put that in the forefront. Even if that meant the obsessive scrutiny continues to follow them all the way to their Montecito mansion.

Hence, yes, I staunchly believe that Meghan Markle doesn't deserve the ruthless character assassination that she's subjected to. Honestly, we can do so much better than a Piers Morgan! Treat people with kindness...

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Anonymous : Thank you so much for this article!
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Anonymous : Well actually they do, when their cute $5 million is just a tiny tiny fraction of their in law's wealth, not to mention power. I really wonder what people get off by saying she was a powerful woman before she met Harry. People like her are a dime a dozen in LA. If she's all this grand, why hadn't anyone heard of her in her own right? Why is all her work signed Duchess of Sussex, and not Meghan Markle. I'll tell you why, coz all that name means to people is Michael Ross' girlfriend.
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Anonymous : Meghan has been attacked by the British press since day one. God forbid a woman of color marry into the royal family. No one ever seems to mention that Megan's an educated person who graduated from University and not some dummy as she's always portrayed as
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Anonymous : Most people who don't like her, don't like her for the nasty person she is, not for her color. I'm colored and I would have the same opinion of her if she were white or brown or any other race. It's like saying people of color can't be called out for bad behavior. Where's the fairness in that?
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Anonymous : Do you know what McKenzie Bezos has done in philanthropy? Or Melinda Gates? For that matter, Angelina Jolie? Or even Kate? And these are the ones we know of. Genuine philanthropists don't call newspapers to make every 10k donation known. That's the first sign of pretense.
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Anonymous : Actually, we know exactly what Melinda Gates and Angelina Jolie have done philanthropically. Melinda Gates is part of a foundation with her damn name on it, where donations are itemized and publicized. Angelina Jolie brings all her kids with her to publicize her endeavors. She’s very active and does all she can to call attention to get others to donate. This is some willful ignorance.
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Anonymous : At least they have a legacy.
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Anonymous : Because she made a lot of claims without a shred of evidence, without a single bit of accountability for her "naivete" leading to this mess, for not accepting the royal way of life, the royal duties and life, but not willing to give up on its perks either or trying to honestly make it on their own. For trashing someone's family on TV like a spoiled brat, crying wolf. To try to compare in headlines with Kate, she needs to learn to earn respect first.
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Anonymous : Yup, it’s all on meaghan. Harry is a mentally deficient tool with no will or say of his own. You give her so much power, and prove the author’s point.
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Anonymous : Unfortunately or fortunately, her power over Harry is the only power she has.
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Anonymous : Philanthropy under the crown yields no profit so what does she do? She breaks her and Harry away from that bu still uses the Royal titles, then starts her own charity in the US so she can live off other people's money. Sounds about right!!
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Anonymous : Yes, because Harry has no will of his own, clearly.
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Anonymous : Ah, so you’re saying the charity is a sham. Lol, that’s some reach you’ve got going there.
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Anonymous : Somehow you forgot to mention the million $$ contracts she has to perform WORK to earn money w/ Netflix, etc. jealous haters abound on the internet. How dare a black personal have wealth or influence! They must be scamming the public!!!
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Anonymous : Nope, plenty of black people in the public eye have a lot of respect and admiration from everyone. For some reason, Meghan has no other defence for her poor behavior than calling out her color.
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Anonymous : Archewell took donations for Archie's birthday and posted thank you's on their website...they are exploiting both of their children for gain.
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Anonymous : Yes, because money going to a charity and used to benefit the underprivileged is definitely personal gain.
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Anonymous : Well said, the hypocrisy of the coverage between the two Duchesses is stark.
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Anonymous : She and her husband have made millions with no skills other than being fake victims of oppression. I don't feel sorry for her
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Anonymous : I think iff you dig a little deeper, you might find that both have worthwhile skills. Certainly they each earned an impressive living prior to their engagement and marriage.
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Anonymous : THANK YOU PINKVILLE, I particularly enjoyed reading thus article & find it clear, honest & fair. The hypocrisy is too evident, when the media, especially the UK media attacks Meghan and avoids Prince Andrew'ssee scandal law suits, or Micheal of Kent
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Anonymous : What about Andrew, why doesn’t anyone want to talk about him? Why is Meghan so bad? You’re all a bunch of hypocrites.
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Anonymous : Almost every member of the RF has some dark secrets but they are always shielded.
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Anonymous : Andrews case was all over headlines and everyone knows about it. The issue is not comparing two equally bad apples, but when one apple doesn't stop stinking, it gains more attention.
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Anonymous : It's funny how Meghan fans draw in Andrew or Harry or Kate in for comparison when they can't answer basic questions about Meghan's behavior. Also, if you have to compare her behavior to Andrew's, that just shows the magnitude of her negative actions.
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Anonymous : Anonymous is an a-hole. The poor lady gets crucified daily by the British press. Not even Andrew has been vilified to this extent. Her in-laws are only trying to make money off of her name. Wish the same would happen to you so you could see how it feels. Her half brother has talked his way onto Celebrity Big Brother in Australia. He never would’ve gotten that role had her not used Meghan’s name. Her sister Samantha is furious because she hasn’t been able to cash-in off of her as well. And the father has been trying to make a buck off of her ever since he sold her private letter to the British press. Some of you readers really need to get a grip.
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Anonymous : Her in laws are trying to make money off her name??? Hilarious. Do you have any idea who her in laws are! They probably didn't even KNOW her name, no one did, till Harry took her out of her little canadian TV series and put her on the world map. Miss Duchess of Sussex, who won't even stop using her in laws' name to score commerical deals now, knows exactly who is making money off whom.
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Anonymous : Her in laws probably lose money because of her lol, she's a small time actress they hadn't even heard of. She's the one making her money off their name and refuses to stop. Can't blame her, she got nothing else to her name.
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Anonymous : Think about it. You must be doing something REALLY bad to have your whole family, your in laws family and the world hating on you. If one stops victimizing themselves and take a long hard look in the mirror, perhaps the pity party can stop and give us all a rest.
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Anonymous : Honey, Meghan would have never gotten Disney's voiceover role and every other role since, had she not used her connection to Harry and the BRF. Everyone uses connections, you can stop complaining.
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Anonymous : Yes to do like Oprah and privately give to others and
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Anonymous : If she wanted true privacy, then she would follow Oprah in doing much good for humanity WH
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Anonymous : No one respects those who trash their family...it shows an obvious poor self image of Meghan and is a typical Bully characteristic,,, while playing the victim. We do NOT know what actually truthfully factually happened within the palace walls. We DO know that she OBVIOUSLY craves + desperately needs attention, or else they truly would do
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Anonymous : Yup she thinks that by using words like 'compassion' and 'service', everyone and their mothers would be fooled, like the dimwits in LA. She's taken zero accountability for the mess she's created, only tried to play the victim card and speak nasty about everyone. What were these 'concerns and conversations' about the color of your child? If you're so sure about what went down, why not do a press conference and take some real questions from real journalists, instead of your paid PR?
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Anonymous : We ONLY "know" Meghan by what she + Harry say....NOT fact based truth, with those they trash unable to defend themselves. Comparing the other Royals to her is irrelevant. It is SHE who trashes Family, which NOONE respects. We do Not
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Anonymous : Its simple… She turned her back on her father who was always kind to her. Next she spoke ill of her inlaws to the world. Charity and philanthropy should start at home. The world does not need Meghan Markle. Meghan Markle needs the world to make money and power. So pmease excuse us Karishma Shetty. No one is buying your atory.
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Anonymous : she turned her back on relatives who tried to make $$ off her royal connections you mean.
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Anonymous : Only she can make $$$ off her in laws you mean? She isn't that different from her classless family.
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Anonymous : I totally agree with the writer, this has been a long time in coming
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Anonymous : Actually you are right...she deserves much more humiliation for the race victim card she is cunningly playing...
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Anonymous : Well, this is mighty white of you.
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Anonymous : I think character assassination started the day she started dating Harry
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Anonymous : She totally deserves it, she is a gold digger, everyone knows how she dumped her first husband, woman clearly had a plan and a social climber.. so stop putting her on a pedestal.
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Anonymous : What about Kate Middleclass? Is she not a social climber and a gold digger? At least Meghan was independent and had a career before marrying Harry.
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Anonymous : "Kate Middleclass" is from a family worth 30 million...how is that middleclass??? She also waited for William for over a decade. Seems she had a lot of other rich suitors to chase if it was only for the gold digging.
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Anonymous : Kate’s family belonged to a working class background and no one knows till date how they enriched themselves just by selling party supplies.
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Anonymous : Most gold diggers don’t come into a marriage with $5million net worth. At least she earned it, Harry & his royal family inherited their riches from their colonizing, enslaving, genocidal ancestors. The fact is Meghan’s intelligence & independence was too much for The Firm and the notoriously racist, class-conscious British press. They deemed her an uppity Negro who refused to stay in her place. And now they are enraged that she helped Harry grow up & see the lie he’d been forced to swallow about his horrible family.
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Anonymous : Everyone should mind their own business, they make money or not they will not gave you nor knows who you are so stop this bullshit we al ]l have to work for our own money who dont have dont have and who have want more hook or crook, they want private life and dont know what pravate ment
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