Twitter users are baffled by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s silence over George Floyd’s death as the royal couple maintain a low profile on social media during the Black Lives Matter protests.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, now living in Los Angeles, haven’t used social media to directly address the demonstrations sweeping the U.S. – and stayed offline during Blackout Tuesday on their Sussex Royal Instagram page.
The royal couple have stayed silent on social media over the past two months, with their last Instagram post on March 30.
Twitter users have accused Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of staying silent over George Floyd’s death. Pictured: The couple in the Bo Kaap district of Cape Town in September 2019
However, the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), which is overseen by the Queen, Prince Harry and Meghan, shared on Instagram and Twitter a poignant Martin Luther King Jr quote, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’
But their general quiet has been questioned, with one Twitter user commenting this morning: ‘Meghan Markle has stayed annoyingly quiet during all of this… and it is really bugging me.’
Another named Guisou said: ‘Wondering why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are quiet about the racism occurring in the US?’
Vivian Maria added: ‘Where is Meghan Markle? She seems awfully quiet these days.’
Sol wrote in response to a resurfaced campaign video from 2012 of Meghan opening up about her experiences of racism: ‘Where is she now? I don’t see her speaking about what’s happening now.’
An Instagram user questioned: ‘Are there any recent pics and appearances? I think the sussexroyal account account is dormant right now. Do Harry and Meghan have a new account somewhere?’
It comes as an old clip of Meghan, now 38, filmed as part of the ‘I Won’t Stand For…’ campaign for non-profit organisation Erase the Hate, has gone viral in light of the recent protests.
Meghan, who had not yet met Prince Harry when she taped the video, shared her hope that society will become more ‘open-minded’ and learn to see the beauty in a ‘mixed world’.
Meghan Markle pictured in a resurfaced campaign video from 2012 – filmed as part of the ‘I Won’t Stand For…’ campaign for non-profit organisation Erase the Hate
Meghan, who had not yet met Prince Harry when she taped the video, shared her hope that society will become more ‘open-minded’ and learn to see the beauty in a ‘mixed world’
The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), which is overseen by the Queen, Prince Harry and Meghan, has taken to social media to share a poignant Martin Luther King Jr quote (above)
‘For me I think it hits a really personal note,’ Meghan says while wearing a white T-shirt with the slogan ‘I won’t stand for racism’ in the video, which also featured her then-Suits co-star Patrick J Adams.
‘I’m biracial, most people can’t tell what I’m mixed with and so much of my life has felt like being a fly on the wall.
‘And so some of the slurs I’ve heard, the really offensive jokes or the names, it has just hit me in a really strong way. A couple of years ago I heard someone call my mum the N-word.
‘So I think for me beyond being personally affected by racism, to see the landscape of what our country is like right now and certainly the world and to want things to be better.’
Meanwhile, the QCT has joined forces with the Diana Award to show their support for the movement, tweeting alongside a Martin Luther King Jr quote: ‘Young people are vital voices in the fight against injustice and racism around the world.
Social media users, above, have posted on Instagram and Facebook about the couple’s silence, with one tweeting: ‘Meghan Markle has stayed annoyingly quiet during all of this’
‘As a global community of young leaders we stand together in pursuit of fairness and a better way forward. Silence is not an option.’
The Diana Award, a charity set up in the late Princess Diana’s memory, tweeted: ‘We will not be silent.
‘We will continue to pursue a world where every young person, irrespective of the colour of their skin, fulfils their potential without the fear of discrimination. We see you. We stand with you.’
Alongside the tweet, the page shared a drawing of a police officer asking a young child what they want to be when they grow up, to which the little boy replies: ‘Alive’.
Harry and Meghan’s last post on their Sussex Royal Instagram account, written amid the height of the coronavirus pandemic, said they ‘look forward to reconnecting soon’.
It added: ‘As we all find the part we are to play in this global shift and changing of habits, we are focusing this new chapter to understand how we can best contribute.
‘While you may not see us here, the work continues.’
Even though Prince Harry stepped down from royal duties on March 31, he is still technically a member of the Royal Family – and is therefore expected to remain strictly neutral on political matters and avoid airing his views in public.
However he risked a diplomatic row in March after accusing Donald Trump of having ‘blood on his hands’ during a hoax phone call with Russian pranksters.
And Meghan’s father Thomas Markle revealed last June that Harry told him he was ‘open to the experiment’ of Brexit after they had a conversation about it.