Meghan Markle attended the Lion King premiere on Sunday.
She was reported to have made comments to rapper Pharrell Williams about her marriage at the global event.
The American musician said to the Duchess: “Love is amazing. It’s beautiful. Don’t ever take that for granted, what it means in today’s climate. I wanted to tell you it’s so significant for so many of us. Seriously. It’s significant. We cheer you guys on.”
To this the royal replied: “Thank you. They don’t make it easy.”
Meghan Markle news: Twitter rages after Lion King Pharrell Williams comments
A number of Twitter users were outraged at the comment.
Some felt Meghan was taking a swipe at the British public while others felt the Duchess had no right to complain given her enormous wealth after marrying into the Royal Family.
One wrote: “‘They don’t make it easy…’ The poor little rich girl.”
Another said: “It’s not easy being royal! Pharrell Williams praises the ‘wonderful union’ between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The Duchess replies, ‘Thank you, they don’t make it easy’. Really? Give me a shot at it.”
“Didn’t she actually say ‘They don’t make it easy’? They being us taxpaying idiots, I suppose, who only expect her to wear a nice frock & wave, tour the occasional cake box factory and keep her moaning gob shut.”
Another had strong words, and stated: “What a disgrace #MeghanMarkle is! ‘they don’t make it easy’?! Grow up and stop being so selfish.”
Meghan Markle wore a £15,000 outfit including a Jason Wu dress to the event in London. /life-style/style/1153422/meghan-markle-prince-harry-news-beyonce-lion-king-dress-jason-wu
However, there were many who defended Meghan’s comments to the US superstar behind hit song Happy.
Some claimed it made them feel “sad” for the Duchess, with one writing: “Meghan’s ‘they don’t make it easy’ makes me sad.”
Another said: “Meghan saying ‘They don’t make it easy’ did nothing short of break my heart.
“It’s so sad as she’s such a wonderful & gracious person & STILL people attack her and direct hate towards her. I just hope she knows how much we all love her endlessly and how we will always defend her.” (sic)
“This right here speaks volumes,” another wrote. “She know and feels the pressure but is standing strong and smiling through it all like the boss she is. Says so much about the strength of this woman.”
Meghan Markle weight jibes have also caused controversy on the internet.
Fans of the Duchess have taken to the social media platform to defend Her Royal Highness.
One wrote: “So refreshing to see Meghan Markle embracing her post baby body and is in no rush to get her pre baby body back.
“It’s important to feel happy within yourself and your weight shouldn’t determine your happiness.”
Lambasting criticism, another wrote: “I’ve seen many tweets about her weight etc but good on Meghan for being comfortable in her own post baby body, she looks incredible. So pleased she’s enjoying herself and her family rather than worried about her body.”
Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile
Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.
Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.
Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.
She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.
Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.
She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.
Charity and humanitarian work
Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.
She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.
And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.
In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.
But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.
She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.
And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.
Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.
They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.
Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.
But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.
She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.
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