Speaking at the virtual When All Women Vote #CouchParty last week, Meghan Markle joined a number of powerful voices in commemorating the 100th year anniversary since the passing of the 19th Amendment. In line with the nature of the conference, which was centered around the right to vote, Markle commented on the change she would like to see in this year’s upcoming election. While having refrained from endorsing a particular candidate or party, the Duchess’ comments have since received criticism on account of being politically partisan. Taking to Twitter shortly after the video aired, British journalist Pier Morgan wrote, “The Queen must strip the Sussexes of their titles. They can’t remain as royals & spout off about foreign elections in such a brazenly partisan way.”
Having since come to Markle’s defense, fellow actor and activist Jameela Jamil has challenged the backlash being directed at the Duchess, noting that much of it has to do with her race. In response to a now-deleted tweet by The Sun’s Executive Editor, Dan Wootton, who noted Markle’s comments were “a massive diplomatic embarrassment for the Queen and British Royal Family,” Jamil referenced Prince Andrew, who suspended Royal public duties in 2019 over alleged relations with the late Jeffrey Epstein. “I think they [the Royal family], may be more embarrassed by their alleged resident pedo Andrew who was besties with a sex trafficker than an American supporting women in her own country and loosely referencing the importance of general democracy which is being threatened here currently,” she said.
I *THINK* they may be more embarrassed by their alleged resident pedo Andrew who was besties with a sex trafficker, than an American supporting women voting in her own country, and loosely referencing the importance of general democracy which is being threatened here currently. https://t.co/HtnOoc7Zgs
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) August 22, 2020
Going on to respond to a fan who questioned the backlash Markle has received since joining the Royal family, Jamil swiftly responded, “[it’s] because she’s not white.” “And because she’s smart, strong, opinionated, rebellious, beautiful, happy and has everything they never will. She’s a terrifying threat to patriarchy because she doesn’t fit the stereotype for women,” she continued. “They discredit her because they can’t kill her.”