Charlie Hebdo is not unanimous. A few days after the event interview that the Sussexes granted to Oprah Winfrey, the satirical weekly chose to make its front page on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. And the least we can say is that it was controversial. On the cover, Queen Elizabeth II is seen resting her knee on the Duchess’s neck. “Why did Meghan leave Buckingham?” Headed Charlie Hebdo. “Because I couldn’t breathe,” replies Prince Harry’s wife. A drawing and a sentence that directly refer to the death of George Floyd, suffocated by the knee of a police officer in the United States. And since the publication of this cover, the controversy has swelled. “Charlie Hebdo, it is false at all levels”, was particularly ulcerated, Halima Begum, CEO of the think tank on the fight against racism, the Runnymede Trust.
“Queen as George Floyd’s murderer crushing Meghan’s neck? Meghan saying she is unable to breathe? It doesn’t push boundaries, make no one laugh or challenge racism. It belittles problems and provokes an offense, at all levels, “she wrote on Twitter. Like her, the collective Black and Asian Lawyers For Justice was also outraged, believing that the Charlie Hebdo cover was “outrageous, disgusting and fascist racism”. “A mediocre and ill-conceived response from #CharlieHebdo that ignites the problem. This form of simplistic satire has no place in the fight against racism. Completely appalling and deeply saddening,” added another group. On social networks, many Internet users also rose up against this cartoon published on the front page of the satirical newspaper.
French magazine Charlie Hebdo mocks George Floyd’s murder and Meghan’s racism concerns. The cover reads: ‘Why Meghan left Buckingham Palace’, ‘Because I couldn’t breathe’. pic.twitter.com/3Fuj789xn7
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Elizabeth II: “We will discuss this with the family in private”
The publication of Charlie Hebdo therefore comes a few days after the broadcast of the Sussex interview. In it, Meghan Markle notably assured that a member of the Crown was worried “about how dark Archie’s skin would be”. According to her, Prince Harry was questioned by this person about the little boy’s skin color. “It was strange. I was in shock,” recalled Harry, who was present with his wife during the interview. In a statement, Elizabeth II announced that “the issues highlighted, especially those related to racism, are of concern. Although some versions may vary, we take this very seriously and will discuss them with the family in private.” As for Prince William, he broke his silence by declaring that The Crown was “absolutely not a racist family”.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry © Capture TV CBS via Bestimage