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09/05/2019 15:58 EDT

'60 Minutes Australia' Slammed For 'Racist Hit Piece' On Meghan Markle

Many on Twitter suggested the focus should instead be on Prince Andrew for his ties to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

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An Australian show criticizing Meghan Markle has been slammed for the inclusion of far-right agitator Katie Hopkins.

Meghan Markle is the victim of sexist and racist commentary from the media once again.

“60 Minutes Australia” on Thursday released a preview of its upcoming “#Megxit” segment on the Duchess of Sussex, which supposedly investigates how “Meghan Markle lost her sparkle.” 

“From adored to insufferable in less than a year. What went wrong for Meghan, and how it affects hubby Harry. ... Inside a Royal crisis,” the tweet declares, “Can the ghost of Princess Diana save a fairytale?” 

The clip features known far-right bigot and self-proclaimed “Biggest Bitch in Britain” commentator Katie Hopkins saying that Meghan “wears bad clothes,” “is a no one” and is also “the biggest hypocrite there is.” 

The video also shows the duchess’s former friend, who has given many interviews about her prior relationship with the onetime “Suits” actor, calling Meghan “manipulating.”

Many on Twitter accused the Australian version of the long-running U.S. news show of perpetuating racist tropes about Meghan and vilifying her for no reason. 

“60 mins Australia interviewed Katie Hopkins, a woman who is unquestionably racist and xenophobic, for this ‘story’ about the first black member of the Royal Family,” HuffPost and New York Magazine contributor Yashar Ali tweeted. “Members of the Royal Family are not above criticism, but this racist hit piece is an absolute disgrace.” 

Some suggested that the focus should instead be on Prince Andrew for his ties to financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. 

Meghan’s celebrity friends and admirers also stood up for her. Mia Farrow praised her as an “intelligent, compassionate, beautiful woman” and blasted “60 Minutes Australia” for “airing this trash.” 

Jameela Jamil, who collaborated with Meghan on the September issue of British Vogue, once again spoke out against the racist coverage of the duchess and pointed the finger at Andrew as well. 

“If you have to bring in Katie Hopkins, you’re scraping the absolute bottom of the barrel, So immediately we can dismiss this trash ‘entertainment’ as *any* form of ‘journalism,’” the “Good Place” actor wrote. “Are there any POC in this doc other than the woman being bullied? WHERE’S THE DOC ON ANDREW THE PEDO?” 

Meghan has been the target of racist coverage in the U.K. media since she began dating Prince Harry in 2016.

It got so bad that at one point, Kensington Palace issued a statement on behalf of Harry slamming the racist and sexist treatment of his then-girlfriend. The Daily Mail noted twice in one article that Meghan is not a blonde and described her mother as “complete with dreadlocks and a nose stud.” A Daily Mail column a few days later proclaimed that Markle had “exotic DNA.”

Following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private plane controversy in August, Jamil said that the U.K. press should just admit they “hate her because she’s black, and him for marrying a black woman and be done with it.” 

“I will never forget reading an English shit rag, writing the words, ‘Meghan’s exotic DNA shall certainly THICKEN the royal blue blood line...’ (bangs head against table and throws up in own mouth.),” Jamil added in a Twitter thread.