- Meghan Markle accused Vanity Fair of writing a racist headline about her in 2017, according to a new book.
- Meghan would have thought the title was similar to a song performed by Judy Garland in blackface.
The Duchess of Sussex accused Vanity Fair of writing a “racially motivated” headline after posing for its cover in 2017, according to royal author Valentine Low.
Meghan Markle opened up about her relationship with Prince Harry for the first time in the magazine’s September 2017 cover story, which was written by Sam Kashner and was titled: ‘Wild About Harry’.
Low’s new book on the royal family, ‘Brokers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown’, was released in the UK on Thursday. In the book, Low reports that an unnamed source told him that Meghan was upset with the story because “it was about Harry, not her.”
Low also wrote that Meghan and Prince Harry considered the title racist.
According to Low, Meghan and Prince Harry were unhappy with the title and pointed to its similarity to the song “I’m Just Wild About Harry”, which was performed by Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in blackface in the 1939 film. “Babies in arms.” On the cover of the magazine, the headline read: “She’s just mad about Harry!”
Low’s source added that the couple tried to get Vanity Fair to change the title of their digital version because they thought “it was racially motivated.” As of this writing, the online title still reads “Meghan Markle, Wild About Harry.”
Low is a royal correspondent who has covered the royal family for The Times of London since 2008, according to his profile on the Times website. Writing in the acknowledgments for ‘Brokers’, the author said he conducted nearly 100 interviews with sources who had worked in various royal houses from the 1960s to the present when researching the book.
Meghan and Harry have previously spoken openly about what they described as racist treatment from the British press. In 2016, Harry released an official statement calling out the press on the “racial undertones” he identified in articles written about the then-actress.
“His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subjected to a wave of abuse and harassment,” a representative for Harry said at the time. “Some of this has been very public – the defamation on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment articles; and the sexism and outright racism of social media trolls and article comments. website.”
Then in 2021, Harry and Meghan said in their Oprah Winfrey interview that British tabloid racism directed at the Duchess had played a “big role” in their decision to leave the UK the year before.
Another royal book claims Meghan has ended her friendship with the Vanity Fair reporter who wrote the cover story
Low isn’t the only author to report on Meghan’s Vanity Fair story in recent months.
In Tom Bower’s royal book, “Revenge: Meghan, Harry, and the War between the Windsors,” which was published in July, Bower wrote that Meghan was upset that Kashner, the reporter who interviewed her, didn’t didn’t include an anecdote about the time, she convinced Procter & Gamble to change its sexist dish soap ad.
Kashner did not include the story because Vanity Fair fact checkers had raised questions about its accuracy, Bower wrote in the book.
“I thought it could have been a real friendship,” Meghan told Kashner, according to the book. “I don’t think that can happen.”
However, Kashner later denied some of the details mentioned in Bower’s book, including the claim that he thought Meghan was trying to manipulate him when they met and that she liked him because he stuttered.
Writing in the letters section of The Times of London in July, Kashner said Bower failed to express his “admiration and respect” for Meghan.
“I found Ms. Markle exceptionally warm and gracious and admired her remarkable intelligence and courage, as I always do,” he said. Kashner said he regretted Meghan’s anecdote was deleted because “I wanted to highlight her lifelong activism”.
Representatives for Vanity Fair, Sam Kashner and the Duchess of Sussex did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.