Charlie Hebdo could not miss a chance to mock the furore around Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘tell-all’ interview to Oprah Winfrey.
The magazine has unveiled its new cover featuring a caricature of an evil-eyed British Queen kneeling on her grandson’s wife neck in apparent reference to George Floyd death.
"Why did Meghan leave Buckingham?" the caption to the cartoon reads.
“Because I could no longer breathe,” the caricatured duchess ‘replies’.
Pourquoi Meghan a quitté Buckingham ?— Charlie Hebdo (@Charlie_Hebdo_) March 9, 2021
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The magazine unveiled the cover online before the new issue went on sale on Wednesday, prompting eyebrow-raising reactions from Twitter users.
“Oof. I guess this is what they mean by “go hard or go home,” one person said, while sharing the alarmingly-red cartoon.
Another joked: “I was gonna say something but I'm gonna have some trouble.”
"Why did Meghan leave Buckingham?"— Dr. Nick (@NM_Wilkinson) March 11, 2021
"I can't breathe."
Typically unifying cover art from Charlie Hebdo. pic.twitter.com/0V0zCIvdTF
One user commented ‘Meghan Lives Matter’, mocking the eponymous slogan of the black lives matter movement, which was heavily involved with the widespread anti-police brutality protests last summer following Floyd’s death. The African-American man died in police custody in May 2020 after one officer kneelled on his neck for over eight minutes.
Meghan Lives Matter 🙃✌️— Guytoo (@Guytou93) March 10, 2021
The Sussexes’ interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on Sunday has raised some scandalous points, with Meghan Markle claiming that the skin colour of her yet-to-be-born son was a point of discussion among unnamed royals. Prince Harry confirmed his wife’s remark but refused to say who the person or people in question were – signalling only that it was neither the Queen nor Prince Philip.