Piers Morgan offered criticism of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry after they took photos during Remembrance Day at the Los Angeles National Cemetery.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are criticized for taking photos while honoring commonwealth soldiers for Remembrance Day.
According to Insider, the couple faced backlash from Piers Morgan after publicly sharing a private visit to the Los Angeles National Cemetery. The Good Morning Britain host called the occurrence a “distasteful PR stunt,” during an on-air rant. He claimed the move was on Prince Harry to respond to the palace after he was denied a request to lay a wreath on his behalf at the British royal family’s official Remembrance service on Sunday.
Were Harry and Meghan looking for publicity for their Remembrance Day pictures or just paying their respects to the fallen?@Piersmorgan says it was a ‘distasteful PR stunt’… @Susannareid100 disagrees saying he has to show he’s paid respects.
Let us know👇 pic.twitter.com/WJ24CBpgiU
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) November 9, 2020
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex faced similar comments from Richard Palmer, the royal correspondent of the Daily Express in London. He wrote on Twitter, “The rift between the palace and Harry and Meghan is likely to deepen again. Why the need to take a PR photographer and publicise your “private” act of remembrance?”
The rift between the palace and Harry and Meghan is likely to deepen again. Why the need to take a PR photographer and publicise your “private” act of remembrance? https://t.co/XM8fBCcb6E
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) November 9, 2020
Still, supporters of the couple defended the photos and used their own social media platforms to justify the act. Dionne Grant tweeted “If they didn’t post pictures of them marking Remembrance Day, the media would’ve turned that into a story. Now they have, it’s a publicity stunt? Just say you hate Meghan and go.”
The Royal Family didn’t lay a wreath on Harry’s behalf. He and Meghan laid one in LA. If they didn’t post pictures of them marking Remembrance Day, the media would’ve turned that into a story. Now they have, it’s a publicity stunt? Just say you hate Meghan and go. pic.twitter.com/np65yNXDoR
— Dionne Grant (@DionneGrant) November 9, 2020
According to PEOPLE, Prince Harry was upset his request was denied. The outlet reported there was a wreath ready and waiting for him and set it aside however palace officials decided that his wreath would not be added to those from other members of the royal family because he and his wife are no longer working members of the institution.
He “understands that he doesn’t have the same formal role in the family as he used to,” a source informed PEOPLE. “But he was saddened and disappointed by the decision.”
Photos from the private Remembrance Service ceremony were uploaded to Instagram on the official Royal Family account.
A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily) on Nov 7, 2020 at 2:03pm PST
Since their relationship became public, Meghan and Harry have faced unfair criticism and coverage from tabloids and fans of the royal family. theGrio reported in October that the former actress opened up about the weight of the bullying she experienced at the hands of the internet and various media. As a guest on the Teenage Therapy podcast, she shared how comments had a toll on her mental health.
“I’m told that in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire world ― male or female,” she said.
“Even though our experience is unique to us and obviously can seem very different to what people can experience on the day-to-day, it’s still a human experience ― and that’s universal,” she said, adding, “We all know what it feels like to have our feelings hurt, we all know what it feels like to be isolated or othered.”
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