As France turns on the under-fire pair, Meghan and Harry are facing a ‘devastating’ backlash.
Following the court dispute over Thomas Markle’s letter, the French media, which had previously been quite’respectful’ of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, appeared to be considerably more critical.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have regained popularity in the United States, with the Duchess of Sussex receiving plaudits for her broadcast interview with comedian and veteran talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
The marriage, though, has received harsh press in firmly republican France.
One of France’s most successful and powerful magazines, Paris Match, weighed in on the issue surrounding the Duchess’ recent court case with the Mail on Sunday.
Meghan was accused of lying in the top page headline, which read: “Why Meghan lied.”
Another headline on the piece inside the magazine reads, “The Mask Slips.”
The magazine’s criticism of the pair is particularly noteworthy, according to Peter Allen, a British journalist working in Paris, because “the French media has been pretty sympathetic towards them in the past.”
These headlines would be “devastating… for Project Sussex,” he continued.
In court, the Duchess of Sussex was obliged to apologize for allegations made regarding Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s “unofficial” biography of the marriage, Finding Freedom.
The book included various unfavorable assertions about the Royal Family, including claims about a royal feud over a tiara and a tale about Princess Michael of Kent’s “racist” brooch. Meghan and Harry distanced themselves from the book.
Meghan had not only known about his meeting with the authors of the biography, but had also sent him briefing notes, according to former press secretary Jason Knauf.
In December 2018, the royal couple “authorized specific cooperation in writing,” he stated.
Scobie and Durand claim they spoke to “more than 100 sources, having access to the couple’s inner circle,” rather than interviewing the pair themselves.
The admission that the couple had been approached “where appropriate” is hidden away in a “author’s note” at the back of the book.
“We have spoken to close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace personnel (past and present), the charities and organizations with whom they have had long-term relationships, and, when appropriate, the couple themselves,” the note adds.
Meghan initially denied having anything to do with the authors of Finding Freedom as part of legal action stemming from a Mail on Sunday piece.
She later claimed that she “forgot” emails in which she was informed of a two-hour meeting with the authors. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.