Outcry as Charlie Hebdo depicts Meghan Markle as George Floyd | Black Lives Matter News

The French satirical magazine’s new cover shows Queen Elizabeth pressing her knee against Meghan Markle’s neck.

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has come under fire after publishing a controversial cover, which several social media users have slammed as racist and distasteful.

The cover shows the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth pressing her knee against Meghan Markle’s neck, with the caption reading: “Why Meghan left Buckingham.”

Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and the wife of the UK’s Prince Harry is seen lying on the ground saying: “Because I couldn’t breathe any more.”

The cartoon mimics the scene when George Floyd, a Black American, was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last May. Videos shared online at the time showed officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd pleaded for his life, telling him he could not breathe and then stopped moving.

Floyd’s killing sparked a wave of Black Lives Matter protests across the United States against police brutality and racial injustice, with demonstrators taking to the streets in cities around the world in solidarity. Minneapolis this week agreed to pay $27m to Floyd’s family to settle a lawsuit over this death.

Markle is biracial; her mother is Black and her father is white. Markle and Prince Harry married in 2018 and are now living in California.

Discussion of the cover was widespread on Twitter on Saturday, with several users saying it was offensive.

Dr Halima Begum, CEO of the Runnymede Trust, a UK-based racial equality think-tank, said the cover was “wrong on every level”.

In an interview broadcast last week, Markle told Oprah Winfrey why she and Prince Harry stepped down from their royal duties. She accused a member of the royal family of making racist remarks, saying concerns were relayed to her husband about how dark her son Archie’s skin would be before his birth.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement this week the issues raised in the interview were “concerning” and that the royal family would deal with them privately.


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