Behold, further proof the British press is toxic AF
The days leading up to the Oprah interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been frenzied. Buckingham Palace reported they would investigate Meghan Markle’s alleged bullying of palace staff. The public accused the Royal Family of foul play, and Meghan’s friends took to social media to defend her.
And now this.
The Daily Star posted a front-page image of a DIY vomit bag. In a move that proves exactly why the pair left England, the publication leaves little room for doubt.
“If you happen to be watching at 9 p.m. ITV tomorrow and come over a little queasy, then feel free to use this handy receptacle,” the front page reads.
The paper says the bag is “By Royal Disappointment” — a play on “By Royal Appointment,” a term which is usually given to brands the head of state deems exceptionally worthy.
The vomit bag has a banner that reads “The Shy Couple,” a seeming middle finger to the couple’s demand for privacy. The British media seems to deliberately misunderstand the difference between invited press and invasion of privacy.
Here’s the difference: If Sally asks Cindy how her day is going, and Cindy tells Sally, that’s an invitation to a deeper conversation. If Sally stands outside of Cindy’s window and looks inside Cindy’s house to see how her day is going, that’s an invasion of privacy.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
The outcry from the press is expected to only get worse after the interview airs. One Twitter user posted a short video in which he made fun of how the press seems to come up with stories about he duchess.
As the world readies for what’s sure to be a buzzworthy news special, the interwebs are re-sharing a throwback clip of Meghan Markle at age 11.
The short clip originally aired in 1993 on a Nickelodeon news program. A young Duchess of Sussex addressed sexist marketing after her social studies class was given the assignment to view TV ads and see if they could detect underlying messages within the commercials.
One ad Meghan viewed was for a dishwashing detergent; the message specified that women are the ones who do the cleanup in the family.
“I don’t think it’s right for kids to grow up thinking these things — that just Mom does everything,” Markle said in the clip. “It’s always ‘Mom does this,’ and ‘Mom does that.’”
In a teaser clip released earlier this week, Meghan criticized the royal family for “perpetuating falsehoods” about her and her husband.
“I don’t know how they could expect that, after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us,” Meghan told Oprah in the short video. “And if that comes with risk of losing things, I mean, there’s a lot that’s been lost already.”
The Wall Street Journal claims CBS reportedly paid a licensing fee of between $7 and $9 million to air the special. Markle and Prince Harry were not paid to take part in the interview.
As part of the reported agreement between CBS and Winfrey’s Harpo Productions, the network also obtained rights to license the special abroad. In the United States, the interview is scheduled to air on Sunday, while it will air on ITV in the U.K. on Monday.
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