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‘They won’t stop until she miscarries’: Chrissy Teigen is right to defend Meghan Markle


by Jennifer McShane
06th Mar 2021
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Chrissy Teigen has defended Meghan Markle ahead of her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Chrissy Teigen has defended Meghan Markle from the ongoing attacks she’s facing from the UK media — and called out tabloids for potentially putting her pregnancy at risk.

This comes just before her interview with Oprah, where she and Prince Harry will talk about the struggles they faced being senior royals and what led them to leave the fold. In the lead-up to this, tabloids have become full of negative stories about Markle, alleging that she was a “bully” to her palace staff. Meghan and Harry have implied that the royal family is fueling these stories about her.

Teigen said pregnant Markle’s experiences were “hitting too close to home” and warned that “these people won’t stop until she miscarries”.

She and Prince Harry announced the pregnancy last month. The news came just a few months after Meghan wrote an op-ed for the New York Times where she revealed that she experienced a miscarriage.

Relentless

She is right to speak out. The recent tabloid coverage is just part of a long line of dedicated attacks done to deliberately smear the Duchess of Sussex. George Clooney had it right when he said Marke was “being vilified just as Diana was”.

“They’re just chasing Meghan everywhere, she’s being pursued and vilified,” Clooney said at the time. “She’s a woman who is seven months pregnant and she is being pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that Diana was, and it’s history repeating itself. And we’ve seen how that ends.”

Princess Diana was pursued so relentlessly by the press that this almost certainly contributed to her tragic death (she was being chased by paparazzi at the time). She had gone from being the People’s Princess to her every move being dissected in a manner that was presented most unfavourably by many tabloids. The similarities to Markle are obvious.

Teigen speaking out is especially poignant as she tragically lost a pregnancy last year and has spoken openly about how the experience affected her. Her due date for her baby boy Jack would have been last month, and she spoke openly about the ebb and flow of her grieving process.

“He would have been here any day now – if he were like Luna and Miles, I’d probably be holding him as we speak. I am so full of regret that I didn’t look at his face when he was born. I was so scared of seeing him in my nightmares that I forgot about seeing him in my dreams. I hurt every day from that remorse,” she wrote on Instagram.

In an essay for Medium, she explained why she needed to share what happened and why she chose to post photographs alongside her words.

“I absolutely knew I needed to share this story. I cannot express how little I care that you hate the photos. How little I care that it’s something you wouldn’t have done. I lived it, I chose to do it, and more than anything, these photos aren’t for anyone but the people who have lived this or are curious enough to wonder what something like this is like. These photos are only for the people who need them. The thoughts of others do not matter to me,” she wrote.

Right from the start, the Britsh tabloids were quite clearly afraid of Markle’s ability to do as she pleased for her husband and family. They retaliated with press coverage that has always been aggressive and rooted in racism – it was this which caused both her and Harry to leave the UK and start a new life in the States.

Teigen is right to defend her and to write publically what is thought by so many: That they’d clearly – and still do – revel in Markle’s suffering.   

She is one of many, who, contrary to what the tabloids would have you believe, are rallying behind Markle – it just doesn’t make the headlines.

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