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Supporters of Meghan Markle are rallying behind her after allegations that she had “bullied” staff were published days ahead of her and Prince Harry’s upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Meghan said through a spokesperson that she is “saddened by this latest attack on her character,” after The Times of London published an article on Tuesday outlining claims by unnamed employees that the Duchess of Sussex had “humiliated” and “bullied” staff.
The spokesperson suggested that the article was intentionally published this week in an effort to undermine Meghan and Prince Harry, who are set to appear in a highly anticipated two-hour interview special with Winfrey on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
“It’s no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations aimed at undermining The Duchess are being briefed to the British media shortly before she and The Duke are due to speak openly and honestly about their experience of recent years,” the spokesperson told The Times in the article published Tuesday.
Many people charged that such wide focus in the media on bullying claims made against Meghan follows a long history of racist tropes in which Black women are perceived as being aggressive. Meghan, who has a Black mother and a white father, has long been the target of racist coverage.
'Bully' has colour. Strong Black & bi-racial women of Black heritage are ALWAYS labelled 'bully'. That's why Royal Family a.k.a The Firm & British media use it as smear tactic on Meghan Markle. My book #ThisIsWhyIResist explains why. Don't pretend you don't know #OprahMeghanHarry pic.twitter.com/9GTuyQvwV5— Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (@SholaMos1) March 4, 2021
Keep Meghan Markle's name out of your damn mouth. You are racist.— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) March 3, 2021
Just added the Oprah interview to my calendar as an ALL-DAY EVENT— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) March 3, 2021
Meghan Markle has been attacked by elements of the media ever since she first dare appear on the Royal scene, esp from white men like #PiersMorgan & anti-feminist white female journalists. What is her crime, exactly? Does she roll with paedophiles? 100% misogynoir. #MeghanMarkle— Bernardine Evaristo (@BernardineEvari) March 4, 2021
The thing about this Meghan Markle news is that Black women who aren't subservient enough for white folks and have an ounce of audacity are *always* tone policed by labeling them a bully, mean, disrespectful, etc.— Dr. Nicki Washington (@dr_nickiw) March 3, 2021
Ask me how I know.
Those British papers really cannot tolerate that Prince Harry loves a black woman. He was right to leave. I don’t even think it was a hard decision. They will never ever stop trying to tear Meghan apart. It’s absolutely grotesque.— roxane gay (@rgay) March 3, 2021
And for his family to question that decision, and do all these passive aggressive things to try and get ahead of the Oprah interview. To punish him for protecting his wife and babies. Smh. It’s a shame. I know they are fine but I feel for them nonetheless.— roxane gay (@rgay) March 3, 2021
As opposed to the ethical sources of all other royal jewels https://t.co/8a6XPlXsZA— Bolu Babalola (@BeeBabs) March 3, 2021
can you believe Meghan Markle wore earrings from a country we’re still selling arms to— Ava-Santina (@AvaSantina) March 3, 2021
If you’re still not convinced that we live in a misogynistic society that gaslights women in the media, just look at the response to Ant Middleton losing his job compared to the attitude towards Meghan Markle wearing *earrings* ????— Jessica Davies (@_JessicaDavies) March 4, 2021
she should've been a true royal and only wore unethical jewelry stolen thru colonization— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) March 3, 2021
I worked on a set in Toronto when Meghan was on Suits. The ADs, PAs, and other crew on my show who had also worked with her loved her. LOVED. Set dynamics being what they are... I do not believe this bullying narrative for a microsecond. https://t.co/451hrQB94r— angela harvey (@nationsfilm) March 3, 2021
It’s also possible the Duchess of Sussex is a good person thrust into an unimaginable world. Having spent 3 years working with her in her pre-Duchess days, I saw a warm, kind, caring person. I know nothing of her current situation but she gets the benefit of the doubt in my book. https://t.co/7JD3ig6tws— Jon Cowan (@JonCowan2015) March 3, 2021
I have known Meghan for 17 years.— janina gavankar (@Janina) March 4, 2021
Here’s what she is: kind, strong, open. Here’s what she’s not: “a bully”.
ANY of us who know her, feel the same thing from her broken silence: Relief.
The truth shall set you free.
Do y’all find yourselves getting mad as HELL every time they talk sideways about the Duchess Meghan?— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) March 3, 2021
i will be on time for meghan and harry’s interview with oprah— king crissle (@crissles) March 1, 2021
The timing of these “bullying allegations” feels incredibly suspect given that they just *happened* to drop the same week as Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview.— Nikita Gill (@nktgill) March 3, 2021
Final thought for now. In light of the racism Meghan's faced in Britain, the fact that she's revealing all to Oprah - a Black, powerful woman - across the river is poetic.— Nadine White (@Nadine_Writes) March 3, 2021
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