Did Meghan mock Queen in birthday video? Duchess slammed for sipping tea from old-fashioned cup

'The mockery shows what she thinks of the Royal Family,' royal biographer Angela Levin said

                            Did Meghan mock Queen in birthday video? Duchess slammed for sipping tea from old-fashioned cup
Meghan Markle has been accused of mocking the Queen in her 40th birthday video (Getty Images/ Dominic Lipinski and Christopher Furlong)

A royal expert has accused Meghan Markle of making fun of the Queen in her 40th birthday video. Questioning the video of the Duchess of Sussex, which is available on her charitable foundation Archewell's website, Royal biographer Angela Levin tweeted: “Anyone else think that Meghan and her friend Melissa McCartney were mocking the Queen in the birthday video?  Both holding old-fashioned cup and saucer like Meg used in her blog after 1st meeting with queen. Melissa sipping from the cup wearing fancy hat and gloves?”

The video showed Meghan speaking online with Hollywood star Melissa McCarthy from her £11million California mansion while both enjoy tea in old-fashioned cups respectively. The idea behind the shared recording is to promote her new 40x40 initiative, aimed to support women re-entering the workforce after the Covid-19. The first few minutes of the video showed McCartney playing with a Rubik's cube while donning a bathing suit. But soon she pretended to realize her camera was on and went to change into a floral dress, fascinator, and gloves. She then said to the former ‘Suits’ star, “This will probably be better for you,” while enjoying a sip of tea from elegant cups and saucers.


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Levin, who wrote ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’, found the video a mockery to Her Majesty as she wrote in her next tweet, “The mockery shows what she thinks of the Royal Family.  She's got what she wanted and is confident she can outsmart us all.  We just have to wait for Harry's outpouring in his memoir.” Royal biographer Robert Jobson agreed with Levin as he commented, “Maybe. Certainly poking fun at the Brits … with an outdated caricature. Par for the course.”

Queen Elizabeth II sitts and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018, in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit, the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)




A user tweeted, “Not just the queen but the British culture imo. Selling it and mocking it at the same time. Also, I think MM sees herself as an equal to TQ or trying to prove she is. Something must have happened between TQ&her leading her ego trips -trying to prove she can do better than TQ.” Another user said, “That was mocking the Brits. You don't have to be The Queen to enjoy a cup of tea made properly in a teapot and served in a porcelain cup and saucer it simply tastes better! Non this sloppy teabag in a mug stuff I first was horrified by when visiting my Uncle in America.”





Meghan Markle during a visit to Reprezent 107.3FM in Pop Brixton on January 9, 2018, in London, England. The Reprezent training programme was established in Peckham in 2008, in response to the alarming rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialize through radio. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)


A person noted, “It was embarrassing, trite and cringeworthy. She is so contrived. Melissa fell a couple of notches for me...surprised she did this and it wasn't at all funny. Harry, as usual, embarrassed himself - maybe he could be playing with the kids outside instead of solo juggling?” “Cynical and disrespectful - but MM now has literally everything she wants. Mission accomplished. And her husband is reduced to a caricature, which will suit her narrative when he is left behind by her down the line,” the second one added.







Meanwhile, Meghan has explained what her 40x40 initiative is about on Archewell's website. She wrote, “ In reflecting on my 40th birthday and the many things I am grateful for, I’m struck that TIME IS AMONG OUR GREATEST AND MOST ESSENTIAL GIFTS: Time with our loved ones, time doing the things we love, time spent learning, laughing, growing, and the sacred time we have on this earth. Amongst the most valuable gifts of time is also time spent in service to others knowing that it can contribute to incredible change. To that last point, and with my 40th lap around the sun in mind, it made me wonder: what would happen if we all committed 40 minutes to helping someone else or to mentoring someone in need? And then what would happen if we asked our friends to do the same?”

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speaks to invited guests during a reception at Government House on October 28, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Marty Melville - Pool/Getty Images)


She added: “In large part because of the COVID-19 pandemic, TENS OF MILLIONS OF women around the world have left the workforce, including over two million women in the U.S. And the latest research shows that FEWER WOMEN THAN MEN WILL REGAIN WORK as we recover from the pandemic. I believe mentorship is one way to help women regain confidence and rebuild their economic strength, and for my birthday, I have asked 40 friends, activists, athletes, artists, and world leaders to help kickoff a global effort by contributing 40 MINUTES OF MENTORSHIP to support women re-entering the workforce.”

The mother-of-two has not yet revealed the full list of the celebrity mentors, but some of them include, McCarthy along with Dr Nadine Burke Harris, Stella McCartney, Adele, Deepak Chopra, Amanda Gorman, Gloria Steinem, Amanda Nguyen, Dr Ibram X Kendi, Jose Andres, and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.