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Professor who called Duchess of Sussex ‘the dreaded Meghan’ fights High Court battle

Professor, 65, launches legal action after the Arts Society canceled her accreditation when she called the Duchess of Sussex “the dreaded Meghan” before the Zoom conference

  • Dr. Anne Anderson claims breach of contract against the Arts Society
  • She was an accredited lecturer until the society stripped her of status last May.
  • Dr. Anderson had said the words ‘the dreaded Meghan’ before starting a lecture.
  • She said that some of the mercurial media commentators were of a “quaint disposition”.

A teacher is fighting a High Court battle after she lost her accreditation after calling the Duchess of Sussex “the dreaded Meghan” and saying some media commentators were of a “quaint disposition”.

Dr. Anne Anderson, 65, an honorary professor at the University of Exeter, is claiming breach of contract against the Arts Society, for which she was an accredited professor for nearly three decades, a status the society removed last May.

“I’ve lost three-quarters of my income,” Anderson tells me. I can’t sleep.

The academic had numerous teaching contracts canceled after Florian Schweizer, the executive director of the Arts Society, sent an email to 300 of its officials across the country, alerting them that her accreditation had been withdrawn and acknowledging that they could still reserve it ‘at their own risk’.

Anderson had given a lecture, ‘How We Got IKEA: Scandinavian Design 1880-1960’, on Zoom to members of the society’s Truro branch. Before starting, she and the members talked about Meghan and Harry who, days before, had given their controversial interview to Oprah Winfrey.

In the course of an affable discussion, Anderson uttered the words “the dreaded Meghan” and said that some of the mercurial media commentators were of a “quaint disposition.” No one showed signs of being upset.

Dr. Anderson has said that she has lost 'three quarters' of her income and is having difficulty sleeping.

Dr. Anderson has said that she has lost ‘three quarters’ of her income and is having difficulty sleeping.

The academic had given a lecture

The academic had given a lecture, ‘How we got IKEA: Scandinavian Design 1880-1960’, on Zoom to members of the society’s Truro branch. Before starting, she and the members talked about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who days before had given their controversial interview to Oprah Winfrey.

But days later, Anderson received an email from Schweizer telling him that his accreditation had been withdrawn due to his ‘racist’ language.

Anderson stood her ground. An Arts Society panel dismissed the allegation that she had made “racist comments” but deemed them “inappropriate”. She instructed her to write letters of apology and for her to attend a diversity training course.

Anderson, who says he has gay and non-white friends, refused to attend the course and lost his accreditation.

A spokesman for the Arts Society insists the decision was ‘appropriate’, telling me: ‘We are satisfied that we have acted in a reasonable and measured manner.’

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