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30th Aug 2022

Meghan Markle claims British media call her children the ‘N-word’

April Curtin

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 03: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

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Meghan Markle has claimed the British media called her child “the N-word” and that the Royal Family‘s social media control meant images of her kids went to the press before she was allowed to post them herself.

Speaking to The Cut, 41-year-old Markle said the Royals allowed her to join Harry, Kate and Will on a pre-existing Instagram account @KensingtonRoyal, though she did not have any control.

The Suits actor was forced to ditch her lifestyle blog The Tig, as well as her social media account, on which she had built up a three million-strong following through sharing snippets of her life. Royal Family rules also saw The Duchess lose access to her mail and her passport upon becoming engaged to Prince Harry, she claims.

Markle explained how if you are a member of the Royal Family and want to release photos of your children, you have to give them to the “Royal Rota” first, also known as the UK media pool. This meant the photos would be on media outlets before she even had chance to post them herself.

“Why would I give the very people that are calling my children the N-word a photo of my child before I can share it with the people that love my child?”  she said in the interview. “You tell me how that makes sense and then I’ll play that game.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be visiting the UK in September to attend a number of charity events.

It will be the couple’s first UK trip since the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, and just the third time Meghan has returned to the UK in more than two years since her and Harry quit their Royal duties in 2020 and moved to California.

A spokesperson for the couple said they are “delighted” to be visiting charities that are “close to their hearts.”

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