A British reporter appeared to discomfit an MSNBC host by saying former American actress Meghan Markle is “five clicks up from trailer trash.”
Victoria Mather appeared on “MSNBC Live” on Saturday to discuss the Duchess of Sussex.
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“I think what has really, really upset the British public is that Meghan Markle, who many people consider as only, you know, five clicks up from trailer trash, has actually tried to disrespect the queen,” Mather told MSNBC’s Lindsey Reiser.
“And the queen is the most respected person, most respected woman, in the world.”
Reiser quickly moved to end the segment after Mather’s comments.
Markle, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, has been under intense press scrutiny following the announcement she and her husband, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, made earlier this year.
The couple shocked the world in January by declaring on Instagram they would “step back” as senior members of the British royal family and split their time between North America and the United Kingdom. The BBC reported senior royals were “hurt,” “disappointed” and “very upset” by the decision.
Not long after the announcement, Markle decamped to Canada — where she once filmed the TV show “Suits” — to be with the couple’s son, her spokeswoman told reporters. She was widely reported to be fed up with the negative U.K. media coverage of her, which Prince Harry once condemened as having “racial undertones.”
In her actress days before meeting Prince Harry, Markle openly bashed Trump. In a 2016 appearance on Comedy Central, she called the then-Republican candidate “divisive” and “misogynistic.” She threatened to move to Canada if he won the 2016 election.
Since leaving the U.K. Markle has reportedly expressed her wish to move back to her native Los Angeles, but she refuses to return to the United States as long as Trump is president, according to the Daily Mail.
The Mail reported that Prince Harry and Markle plan to live in Canada at first. Their dream, though is to have a home and business in the California city where her mother still lives, unnamed “friends” told the tabloid in January.
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