Shortly after Meghan Markle and her husband Harry controversial interview with Oprah WinfreyFrench satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo came up with a cartoon with the cover image that has now added fuel to the fire.
The cartoon showed Queen Elizabeth II kneeling on Meghan’s neck, invoking the unfortunate death of George Floyd.
The cartoon is titled “Why Meghan Left Buckingham” and the Duchess of Sussex cartoon reads, “Because she couldn’t breathe anymore!”
Shortly after the cartoon was published, it received criticism from all corners. Halima Begum, executive director of the racial equality think tank Runnymede Trust, for example, wrote on Twitter: “The queen as George Floyd’s killer crushing Meghan’s neck? Meghan says she can’t breathe? This does not push boundaries, make anyone laugh, or challenge racism. It degrades the problems and causes offenses in all areas. “
#CharlieHebdo, this is wrong on all levels. The queen like #GeorgeFloydDoes the killer crush Meghan’s neck? #Meghan saying you can’t breathe? This does not push the boundaries, make anyone laugh, or challenge anyone. #racism. It degrades problems and causes offenses in all areas. pic.twitter.com/ptNXs8RtuS
– Dr. Halima Begum (@Halima_Begum) March 13, 2021
Here are some other reactions:
If you had any doubts about how pervasive racism is, check out this French Charlie Hebdo magazine that compares Meghan Markle to a violent criminal simply because of her race. pic.twitter.com/zWQ17hU891
– Michael Malice (@michaelmalice) March 13, 2021
It will be interesting to see how the Brit reacts to the depiction of the queen kneeling on Meghan Markle’s neck on the cover of Charlie Hebdo magazine. The description of the French publication of the Prophet Muhammad in 2015 sparked controversy and anger. #jenesuispaCharlie
– TastyTravel (@TastyTravel) March 13, 2021
A cartoon of the queen kneeling on Meghan’s neck as she cries: “I can’t breathe.”
Every time they produce one of these covers and black people complain, they patronize us and tell us we don’t understand French satire. Why does this racist Charlie Hebdo magazine still exist? pic.twitter.com/MzNyjHNiw4
– BlackWomansHour (@hour_womans) March 13, 2021
Meghan and Harry’s recent interview had raised questions about racism from the royal family. Meghan, who is pregnant with her second child, also spoke about how her son Archie’s skin tone was discussed prior to his birth. Prince William, however, denied the accusations of racism against the royal family, CNN reported.
Meanwhile, both Buckingham Palace and representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have declined to comment on the Charlie Hebdo cartoon.