British audience IS racist against Meghan Markle says Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall author Dame Hilary Mantel
- Hilary Mantel said that racism played a role in criticizing Meghan Markle
- The author said there is an “intense concentration on royal women’s bodies”
- She compared Meghan’s research with that of royal women in the 1500s
Racism has played a role in criticizing the Duchess of Sussex, Dame Hilary Mantel has claimed.
The author, 67, said that while Meghan had been critical since her marriage to Prince Harry, “I hesitate to call her a victim.”
Dame Hilary, who won the Booker Prize for her historic novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, added: “But I think there is an element of racism in the violation of her. I think it is more deeply embedded in people’s consciousness than any of us would admit. “
In an interview with the BBC, she said: “There is an intense concentration on the bodies of royal women. If anyone doubts that, all we have to do is look at what happens when our royal ladies are pregnant and when they give birth. They are seen in the same way as Tudor women. “
Harry and Meghan rocked the royal family in January when they announced they would resign as senior royals less than two years after their marriage
Harry and Meghan rocked the royal family in January when they announced they would resign as senior royals less than two years after their marriage.
They plan to divide their time between the UK and Canada.
Dame Hilary won the Booker Prize for her historic novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies
Dame Hilary spoke for the publication of the third installment of her Tudor trilogy, The Mirror & The Light, for which she hopes to receive an unprecedented third Booker Prize, and compared the duchess’s research with that of royal women in the 16th century. .
But in the case of Meghan that included her skin color, she added. The treatment of royal women was “sad” and “reprehensible,” she said, because “it simply turns the woman back into a breeder.”
Asked about the duchess, she said that royal body research “covers the skin.”
In 2016, Prince Harry said that the media attention for Meghan had “racial undertones,” and novelist Sir Philip Pullman claimed that Meghan “is being attacked by the British press because she is black.”
In 2013 Dame Hilary came under fire for comparing the Duchess of Cambridge with a “mannequin” that would become a “joint doll” on which certain rags were hung.
The comments were condemned by then Prime Minister David Cameron as ‘completely misled’.
Dame Hilary Mantel said that while Meghan had been critical since her marriage to Prince Harry, “I hesitate to call her a victim”