French magazine Charlie Hebdo faces accusations of racism for their
recent cover that depicts Queen Elizabeth placing her knee on the neck
of Meghan Markle in a clear reference to George Floyd’s death.
The publication mocked the Duchess of Sussex on the cover of their most
recent issue with a headline that, when translated, reads “Why Meghan
left Buckingham,” to which she replied, “Because I couldn’t breathe
The image was an apparent caricature of when Minneapolis police officer
Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes until he
died. It comes after Markle made headlines for an interview with Oprah
Winfrey in which she alleged that a member of the Royal Family
expressed concern about the potential skin color of her son, Archie.
The image was met with backlash on social media, which claimed that the
publication famous for its controversial cartoons had gone too far. The
magazine made international headlines in 2015 when radical Islamic
terrorists shot up their office in response to their publication of
cartoons of Muhammad.
“French racism is peak,” Black and Asian Lawyers for Justice tweeted in
response to the cartoon. “This is some white supremacist bulls–t. We
should bring the smoke. Pimping #GeorgeFloyd trauma for profit.
Outrageous, disgusting, fascistic racism.”
“#CharlieHebdo, this is wrong on every level,” tweeted Halima Begum,
the CEO of the British anti-racist think tank Runnymede Trust. “The
Queen as #GeorgeFloyd‘s murderer crushing Meghan’s neck? #Meghan saying
she’s unable to breathe? This [doesn’t] push boundaries, make anyone
laugh or challenge #racism. It demeans the issues & causes offence,
across the board.”
Markle’s allegations have roiled the U.K., with British politicians
calling for an investigation. As The Daily Wire reported:
Britain’s Labour Party has called for the royal family to
investigate allegations of racism among its members after
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle claimed that an unnamed royal
approached them with concerns about their son’s skin color.
The ex-royal couple made the startling claim in an interview
with Oprah Winfrey that aired Sunday, sparking calls from some
of Britain’s lawmakers for an investigation into the royal
family and its treatment of Markle.
“Allegations, accusations have been made – they obviously need
to be looked at,” Labour Party health spokesman Jonathan
Ashworth said, according to the Independent. Ashworth added
that the manner of investigation is “a matter for the Palace
and they will need to come forward with a process.”
Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said that Markle’s allegations
are a referendum on racism in British society as a whole. “The
issues that Meghan has raised of racism and mental health are
really serious issues. It is a reminder that too many people
experience racism in 21st-century Britain. We have to take that
very, very seriously,” he said.
Prince William has denied allegations of racism against his family.
Speaking to a reporter who asked him if the Royal Family is a racist
family, William replied, “We’re very much not a racist family.”