The former ‘Suits’ star and her husband Prince Harry have been regularly targeted by ‘Good Morning Britain’ co-host Piers, who uses his MailOnline column to discuss the latest goings on with the couple. But last year, following claims that the Sussexes were considering leaving the UK to move to Africa, Piers was on the receiving end of fierce backlash from Meghan supporters after he alleged the pair were trying to “create their own new rival version of the Monarchy”. In his column, Piers attacked Meghan for her spending habits, which he said made her become “Meghan Antoinette” in honour of the infamously over-the-top 18th Century French Queen”.
Yet, after sharing the piece on Twitter, outrage was directed at the former ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge, with many citing Piers’ annoyance at the couple was because Meghan once ignored him.
One wrote: “You would be supporting her if she didn’t start ignoring you.”
Another said: “Piers, you’ve got to get over the idea that you feel you got ghosted by Meghan. Hey, it’s not the end of the world; at least I don’t think so.”
While a third called out his comparison to the French Queen, adding: “Nobody is calling her Antoinette but you and the tabloids, but as usual you guys are blowing your dog whistles to generate more hatred towards her cause your making it about her when this ‘moving to Africa’ story is about both couple but you’re focusing on her. You’re ridiculous.”
A fourth replied: “At least she’s doing something positive which is more than can be said of you With that I bid you adieu I’m blocking you so I never run across one of your ridiculous posts again!”
At the time, MailOnline reported plans had emerged that Buckingham Palace would offer Harry and Meghan a role over in Africa, which would allow them to combine their work on behalf of the Commonwealth along with charity work and a role promoting the UK.
But Piers claimed British taxpayers shouldn’t be funding their overseas stay, adding: “There was her wedding to Harry a year ago, estimated to have cost $40million including a $500,000 Clare Waight Keller wedding dress, that was mostly financed by British taxpayers.
“There was the absurdly lavish recent five-day $500,000 baby-shower at a five-star hotel in New York, brimming with celebrities, private jets, paparazzi and heartfelt floral gifts for the less fortunate.”
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He concluded: “To emphasise just how much the poor were on Meghan’s minds during her baby-shower orgy of opulence, a website for Ladurée boasted with stupendous irony how its signature $350 macaron towers for the $75,000-a-day penthouse party ‘evoke the Parisian glamour and elegance that Marie Antoinette would approve of.'”
Harry and Meghan would eventually travel to Africa, but it would be part of a Royal Family tour – the first to include their new born son Archie.
During the trip, the couple spoke openly about the difficulties they had endured, including how Harry felt he was moving in a different direction to that of his brother Prince William.
In January, the couple confirmed they would be stepping away from senior Royal Family life in a bid to start a new life in California.
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And although it appeared Meghan had struggled to adapt to the pressure experienced within the spotlight of the Royal Family, she was offered some words of advice from Mike Tindall – the husband of Prince Harry’s cousin Zara.
Before Meghan married Harry in 2018, Mike told ‘Good Morning Britain’: “I think she’ll [Meghan] be nervous, but coming from her background in TV she’s used to the public spotlight.
“Not quite as much probably has gone on this week [in the leadup to the wedding] but she’ll be fine and I think she’s experienced enough to know that all she can do is enjoy the day.
“The best thing about the Royal Family is that they are so lovely and they’ll spot the people who are looking a little bit nervous and go straight over and take away all of that tension straight out of the room.
“And it’s a special day for them both, and as long as they get a quiet moment during the day and actually have enjoyed the day that’s what I wish for them, and hopefully they’ll live happily ever after.”