Meghan Markle has been fiercely defended by Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, who urged her detractors to consider whether their criticisms of the Duchess derive from a racist bias. Writer and commentator Dr Mos-Shogbamimu appeared on left-wing commentator Owen Jones’ YouTube channel to discuss the treatment of Meghan Markle in the public eye.
They discussed the ways by which Meghan’s body language has been dissected by members of the public, which Mr Jones described as “unhinged” and Dr Mos-Shogbamimu branded “insanity intensified”.
Dr Mos-Shogbamimu said: “There is nothing Meghan Markle could do that would satisfy these people.”
The commentator referred to an incident in 2018 where Meghan, pregnant, came out on stage to present the Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, during which she placed her hands on her baby bump – a pose which she maintained during photographs later in the evening. Some viewers were incensed by the sight of Meghan comfortably placing her hands on her stomach.
One Twitter user raged: “What a narcissist. We get it. You’re pregnant. Meghan Markle is a complete diva”. Another added: “Why can’t she just stand normal [sic]. She is just constantly showing off and this is really disgusting and repelling.”
Criticising the reaction of the time, Dr Mos-Shogbamimu said: “So many women do that – I do that with my three babies.”
She went on to refer to the comment surrounding Harry and Meghan holding hands during the Queen’s state funeral on Monday, as well as her facial expression – which some viewers described as a smirk.
The Dr said: “Look at the comments around Harry and Meghan holding hands. Oh my god, that must be a cardinal sin!
“And then, them calling her facial expression a smirk!” “It just makes no sense. I am way past trying to understand why people cannot question for themselves, ‘why am I behaving this way to her? Is there some truth to systemic racism? That maybe this is coming from a place of racial bias that I’m feeding into?’”
The commentator was responding to a Twitter user who wrote: “The smirk. She couldn’t care less. Even holding hands again waking out. No class. Even now disrespecting #QueenElizabeth, traditions and protocol. Just there for the big historic shots and to testify her right of peddling her title, her right to exist. #MeghanMarkleGoHome”.
They were not alone in their criticism, with another adding: “It does look like a smirk and I can’t believe they were holding hands in the Church! Just wait until you get in the cars or go home! It sickens me seeing her there after everything she’s done to hurt the Queen.”
Meghan has previously expressed the sentiment that she “can’t win” with her critics, when she was labelled “miserable” in photographs. In their biography Finding Freedom, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand claim an aide advised Meghan not to wear a necklace bought for her by Prince Harry.
They wrote: “She was advised that wearing such a necklace only served to encourage the photographers to keep pursuing such images — and new headlines.” They claim that Meghan was upset by the call, saying that she “said very little” while on the phone”, instead “choosing instead to simply listen to the counsel”.
“But after hanging up, she felt frustrated and emotional. While she knew the aide had good intentions, the surreal experience of having someone from her boyfriend’s office tell her what kind of jewellery to wear or not to smile at a photographer was too much”, they continued.
They said she felt “distraught”, and “damned if she did, and damned if she didn’t.”
According to the Mirror, Meghan reportedly discussed the incident with a friend, saying: “I can’t win. They make out like I’m to blame for these pictures, that it looks like I’m encouraging them, that me even acknowledging the cameras may not be sending the right message. I don’t know what to say. It was only yesterday that people online were saying I look miserable in pictures, because I was trying to just ignore the [photographer].”