And while the pair have since retired from the royal duties and moved to Los Angeles, it seems pettiness has followed them from across the pond.
Author Emily Giffin recently received major backlash (and for good reason) after slamming the Duchess of Sussex over a sweet video of her reading a book to her son.
The American writer has published close to a dozen books, her most popular being Something Borrowed, which was adapted into a movie in 2011.
Filmed by Prince Harry, Meghan shared a sweet video of her reading Duck! Rabbit! to Archie in honor of his first birthday.
It was then shared by Save With Stories — an initiative in collaboration with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry to help kids whose ability to learn, as well as be fed, has been impacted by the coronavirus.
Emily, who is a self-proclaimed “royal watcher,” criticized Meghan’s video on Instagram. Though she later deleted the post, writer Kaitlin Menza shared screenshots of Emily’s comments on Twitter, which soon went viral.
A self-proclaimed “royal watcher,” Emily chastised Meghan’s video on Instagram. And while she later deleted the post, writer Kaitlin Menza shared screenshots of Emily’s comments on Twitter, which quickly went viral.
Emily criticized Meghan in the caption for seemingly wanting to be the center of attention, blaming her for Harry’s absence from the video. She also slighted Meghan due to Archie “wearing no pants” despite Archie being a baby.
The 48-year-old continued on, even sharing a screenshot of a text conversation where she called Meghan “unmaternal” and a “phony.”
And while she made both her Instagram and Twitter accounts private, Emily was soon met with an overwhelming amount of backlash which most argued were hateful, mom-shaming, and racist.
Later that day, Emily decided to post a lengthy apology on Instagram.
“I enjoy following celebrities and analyzing them with my readers. I post dozens of IG stories a day in a very honest, unfiltered way, as if I’m confiding directly with close friends,” she wrote.
“Further, I’m very interested in the British monarchy. I always have been. See the link in my bio for an essay I wrote in the days before Meghan and Harry wed.”
She continued: “To be clear, I absolutely loved that a biracial, American woman was marrying into the Royal Family. It seemed a wonderful, happy thing for everyone. I celebrated their wedding by hosting a gathering here at my home and posting many, many photos. Further, I was appalled by any signs of racism against her.”
“Over recent months my feelings about BOTH Harry and Meghan changed. But I can say from the bottom of my heart that my criticism of Meghan has never had anything to do with her race.”
“Further, I understood why she wanted to leave the monarchy and carve out her own path. I do, however, find fault with the way BOTH she and Harry handled things, and those feelings bled over in later posts, including the ones today.”
She concluded: “I can see how some of my posts may have felt mean-spirited, and could be construed as having racial undertones. It was not my intent, but I understand that intent and impact are two very different things. And I am truly sorry for that negative impact.”
All I can say is….YIKES.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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