Meghan Markle accused of mocking Queen & 'showing what she really thinks of the Royals' in birthday vid, blasts expert
MEGHAN Markle has been accused of mocking the Queen and "showing what she really thinks" of The Firm by a royal expert.
Royal Biographer Angela Levin believes the Duchess of Sussex used a video released for her 40th birthday to make veiled swipes at Prince Harry’s family.
The former actress called in Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy to promote her 40×40 initiative, asking A-listers to donate their time for her new mentorship programme.
But Levin, who wrote Harry: Conversations with the Prince, believes that Meghan and her friend were poking fun at the Queen and British traditions in the slick clip.
The Royal expert wrote on Twitter: “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?
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“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.”
In the first 30 seconds of the clip, actress Melissa claims she is working on her organic garden before pretending to realise her camera is on for the video chat.
She then says: "Hang on, I'll be right back."
The American actress then returns to the screen joking "this will probably be better for you" – having changed from her beige robe into a floral dress and fascinator and gloves.
The gag clearly is a reference to Meghan's time in the UK, poking fun at garden party attire.
In another swipe, Meghan is seen drinking from a VERY British teacup while snacking on some tea and biscuits – seemingly a deliberate nod to the country she and her family fled from.
And Meghan's birthday message could be seen in a jibe towards the royals with the message: "the most valuable gifts of time is also time spent in service".
The Royals are known to dedicate their lives to service.
During her coronation, the Queen stated: "I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong."
And after Meghan and Harry quit the Firm, they released a statement saying "service is universal".
To celebrate her 40th spin around the sun, the duchess wants people around the world to "help women reentering the workforce".
In a post on her Archewell 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 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?"
She then continued in the vid: "Over two million women in the US and tens of millions around the world have lost their jobs due to Covid.
"I think if we all do it and see all commit to some sort of act of service, we can have some type of ripple effect."
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