French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, released a new cover showing the UK’s queen kneeling on Meghan Markle’s neck.
The magazine’s release spread outrage around the world as the French publishing house depicted Meghan Markle as George Floyd. It received massive amounts of criticism across the board for the latest cartoon which many deemed as ‘highly insensitive.’
The cover showcased the queen pressing against Meghan’s neck, who helplessly says she can’t breathe. Moreover, the fact that the image draws great similarity to George Floyd’s death had so many people in absolute awe.
But this is clearly not the first time that the publication faced great criticism for its highly controversial drawings. But the fact that this image came out just days after the Duchess of Sussex’s explosive interview had so many people in utter disbelief.
Meghan Markle mentioned how she experienced racism of the worst kind from her royal family members as well as staff during the CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The magazine’s image appears to imitate George Floyd’s horrifying death, who tragically passed away when a police officer by the name of Derek Chauvin kneeled upon his neck, for more than 8 minutes. This was despite George Floyd’s great pleas for help as he couldn’t breathe.
Shockingly, the French magazine cover comes with the headline, ‘Why Meghan Markle Quit Buckingham,’ alongside a cartoon illustration. Here, the Queen is observed as pressing her knee against the back of Meghan’s neck. And Meghan replies, “Because I could not breathe anymore.”
The news comes as Prince Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview aired this week, revealing the most shocking allegations of great racism from the royal family.
People on social media were quick to react to Charlie Hebdo’s magazine cover. They referred to the cartoon as wrong as well as appalling. In the same way, CEO for race equality Runnymede, Dr Halima Begum, also responded with a tweet that mentioned ‘Charlie Hebdo, this is so wrong on so many levels. The Queen as George Floyd’s murderer crushing Meghan’s neck?”
Other viewers questioned if this was truly the free speech that Hebdo seems to be so passionate about. The overall consensus revolved around how the platform needs to pull up its socks and do better by growing up.