How does the British press treat Meghan Markle compared to Camilla?

  • Meghan Markle and Camilla, the Queen’s Queen, are back in the headlines.
  • Royal expert Kristen Mainzer told Insider they are receiving very different treatment from the British press.
  • She said Camilla is treated “with great respect”, while Meghan has become a “moment villain”.

The royal family dominated the news for weeks as the world bid farewell to it Queen Elizabeth II.

it was there sudden reunionAnd the sad picturesAnd the Title changesAnd the Controversial costume. New attention is also being paid to Camilla, the Queen, and Meghan Markle, who is back in the royal spotlight as she and Prince Harry attended the Queen’s funeral functions.

But the two women receive very different addresses. Royal expert Kristen Mainzer told Insider this was because the British press treated Camilla with “high respect”, while Meghan turned out to be a “momentary villain”.

Meghan Markle, Camilla

Camilla and Meghan Markle during the celebration of Charles’ 70th birthday on May 22, 2018, in London, England.

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“Part of what makes The Royal Family relevant are the dramas that revolve around the family,” Mainzer said. “I always say it’s the longest running reality show we’ve ever had on Earth.” “And the press always likes to pick their favorites, they like to pick their villains. And they definitely make Meghan the villain right now.”

“I think the tabloids are very nice to Camilla,” she added. “The difference between how she treats her versus Megan is day and night.”

Camilla is no stranger to the outrage of British newspapers. She often appeared on the front page throughout the ’90s after that Her affair with King Charles has been revealed. And things got worse after the death of Princess Diana in 1997.

“It really is unimaginable how much abuse Camilla has been subjected to,” said Tina Brown, author of The Palace Papers. Washington Post in April. “She was called a pilgrim, an old bag, a witch. These were the kind of words that had been used about Camilla for years.”

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The Prince of Wales and the then Duchess of Cornwall on their wedding day on 9 April 2005.

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But as the decades have gone by and the royal family has carefully brought Camilla back into the spotlight (she and Charles married in 2005), the headlines have changed dramatically.

“Camila gets respect just for doing the work on behalf of the Crown,” Mainzer told Insider. “No, she didn’t get all of Kate’s celebration, but she is treated like someone who does her job and does it well.”

The differences between the headlines that Camilla and Meghan have received in British newspapers over the past two weeks are significant. The Daily Mail praised Camila “down to earth” and the “The Royal Family’s Greatest Secret Weapon” While I wrote The Sun She was helping to save the monarchy.

Meanwhile, headlines about Megan claimed that she The Queen was left ‘wounded and exhausted’ After stepping down as a senior royal, he was Not invited to an official reception At Buckingham Palace, the Australian Senator was highlighted who described her as a “terrible human being”.

But this is not a recent development. The differences are also evident when you compare the headlines about Camila’s appearance on the cover of British Vogue in July 2022 with those Meghan received when she guest-edited the September 2019 issue of the magazine. Camila’s cover was hailed as a “A sign of the growing public’s respect,While Meghan has been questioned about the bid… “Vogue Millions in Publicity – So Why Doesn’t Anything Go to a Good Cause.”

Royal commentator Marilyn Koenig told Insider that Camilla has succeeded in repairing her image because she “always supported Charles, didn’t make it up for her.”

“She puts her nose to the ground, she receives care and charities, and little by little she is getting respect,” Koenig added. “Her role is to support King, and I think she’ll do a great job in doing that.”

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Camilla and Meghan Markle at Royal Ascot on June 19, 2018, in Ascot, England.

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While Camila rarely gives interviews, Megan has been outspoken about racism and mental health issues she faced while serving as a royal, which Mainzer said conflicts with The motto of the monarchy is “Never complain, never explain.”

“I don’t think they understood that when it comes to issues like racism, you are really complaining and explaining it,” she added. “Racism is something where you are on the right or wrong side of history. Don’t keep your mouth shut on these things.”

It remains to be seen if Meghan’s relationship with British tabloids will change at all. But Camilla’s victory as Queen Consort is proof that it can happen.

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