'Duchess' Meghan Markle slammed for 'fake thoughtful' pic in Vogue feature discussing Roe v Wade
Meghan Markle was slammed after she appeared in candid photos from her interview with Vogue magazine following the Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v Wade.
The Duchess of Sussex, 40, was seen in a photo working on her laptop in a casual outfit while sporting a serious face. Vogue revealed how Markle sat down with Gloria Steinem, who she has been friends with since 2020, to discuss the potential ramifications of the decision. According to the magazine, the two women spoke about "their own reproductive choices, the realities of America pre-Roe and post-Roe, and, most importantly, where the country goes from here."
“What does this tell women?” Markle was quoted as saying in response to the SCOTUS decision. “It tells us that our physical safety doesn’t matter, and as a result that we don’t matter. But we do. Women matter. And this is one of the reasons that I called Gloria immediately. Because in all of it, she reminds me that when you have anger, you have to channel that energy into something that makes a difference. That’s what activism is. It’s about how we show up.”
The Duchess was mocked on social media over her apparently "fake thoughtful" photo-op.
"ALL women are talking about Roe v Wade (and men) but unlike Meghan Markle, they don’t feel the need to have their discussions covered by Vogue magazine on Instagram w/a contrived & fake 'thoughtful' picture of THEMSELVES looking at a laptop! #GrandioseNarcissist," one tweeted.
"And someone just happened to take a photograph at the exact moment Meghan learned of the decision…. It’s just another terribly contrived photograph and it makes it about her. It’s so fake and awful acting," another wrote.
"She’s Meghan Markle, an American citizen. Real Royals can’t be involved in American politics. The actress needs to drop the title and move on. But of course, she loves the attention she never gained as a TV starlet," yet another added.
ALL women are talking about Roe v. Wade (and men) but unlike Meghan Markle, they don’t feel the need to have their discussions covered by Vogue magazine on Instagram w/a contrived & fake “thoughtful” picture of THEMSELVES looking at a laptop! #GrandioseNarcissist— Vicki (@NyVicki) June 29, 2022
And someone just happened to take a photograph at the exact moment Meghan learned of the decision….— According2Taz (@according2_taz) June 29, 2022
It’s just another terribly contrived photograph and it makes it about her. It’s so fake and awful acting 🎭 pic.twitter.com/mEMWRFuAUi
She’s Meghan Markle, American citizen.— B (@MosmanBarb) June 29, 2022
Real Royals can’t be involved in American politics. The actress needs to drop the title add move on. But of course she loves the attention she never gained as a TV starlet.
Markle was also excoriated in the comments section of Vogue's Instagram post about the discussion.
"Is the picture supposed to mean a 'working royal'??!! Lol, can you identify the irony 😂😂," one commented.
"There is no bandwagon Meg won’t jump on," another wrote.
"She hops on the trending topic of the day to keep herself in the news. 😃 why did you edit the caption to correct her name and use the title instead. She would have been more credible without the title," a comment read.
"I wonder how they will claim this is not Meghan using her royal titles and running into US politics," someone else added.
"I repeat: #MeghanMarkle should not be using a foreign title to attack a constitutional arm of the United States government - the Supreme Court. This could be really weird for diplomatic ties," another opined.
Royal expert Daniela Elser also blasted Markle's photo-op in a piece for news.com.au. “… No matter whose choice the inclusion of this solo photo was, its very presence exemplifies the fact that Meghan’s brand of caring is one that, with a disconcerting frequency, puts her at the very center of things," Elser explained. “The unfortunate consequence is that it can make some of her philanthropic work look dangerously like a PR ploy. The portrait of the artist as a young humanitarian, if you will."
“The sticking point for me here is not Meghan weighing into this issue but the manner in which she has done it," the expert added. “Come Remembrance Day in 2019 and the Sussexes did exactly the same thing, handily toting along their own snapper to record them looking appropriately somber for images which were then distributed to the media,” Elser concluded.