Emily Giffin, the author of Something Borrowed, is being slammed for her comments about Meghan Markle on her son Archie's first birthday.
To celebrate her son's first birthday, Meghan shared a sweet video of herself and Archie reading Duck! Rabbit! as part of a charity campaign for Save the Children UK to raise money for children hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis.
Taking to her Instagram Stories, Emily – who has since made her account private – shared a screenshot of Kensington Palace's birthday message to Archie, writing that she believed they made a "pointed photo choice" to use a snap with multiple members of the royal family, rather than just the Sussexes.
She also shared a text exchange to her Stories where she wrote that Meghan seems "so unmaternal", adding "she's such a phony".
Emily also called Meghan's birthday message to Archie "uncomfortable".
In another post, Emily wrote: "Happy Birthday, Archie," adding, "Go away, [Meghan]."
The author also shared a comment she wrote on an Instagram post about Meghan that read: "Adorable child and book. But... Holy 'me first.' This is the [Meghan] show. Why didn't she film and let Harry read? And why didn't she take the moment at the end to say ‘he said daddy!’.
“Because that would make it about Harry for a split second, God forbid... also, you want privacy for your child so you put out a video (by your authorised biographer) of him... wearing no pants?! Ooookay..."
While Emily is no fan of Meghan, she has previously shared her love of other members of the royal family.
She shared a snap of Prince Harry holding Archie with Prince Charles standing beside them. She wrote, "Happy 1st birthday to Prince Charles’s youngest grandchild, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor."
The day Meghan and Harry welcomed Archie, Emily shared a snap of Queen Elizabeth II and wrote: "FACT to keep in mind this week: The only reason the world cares about Meghan Markle’s pregnancy is because of this woman. God save the Queen."
Social media has come out in defence of Meghan with one user calling Emily "vile".
Emily Giffin is just an example of many women who can't deal with being criticized for a day without locking down all their accounts but expected Meghan to "grow up" and cope with the racism and constant scrutiny from the British media. #Hypocrites #DoubleStandards
— Julieth 🌻 (@troubleshade) May 6, 2020
I hope many more articles will follow ( also I expect her to do an apology video where she cry being bullied and we should all be nice to each other ) https://t.co/XaLrhGVBHG
— Bored Juliette (@SussexDetective) May 6, 2020
Emily Giffin directed all her hatred to Meghan. Not once did she criticize Harry about the video, only Meghan. She even posted a photo with Harry, Charles, and Archie and not Meghan included. To make matters worse, she admitted that she thinks Meghan is behind the split. https://t.co/OzgJtMyyqR
— stiff upper lip = no lips (@hmasussex) May 6, 2020
Man oh man does “Something Borrowed” author Emily Giffin hate Meghan Markle pic.twitter.com/bjnoDNTY9p
— Kaitlin Menza (@heykmenz) May 6, 2020
Look at the videos she put up on her IG stories obsessing and hating on Archie’s name! She’s an evil woman who follows Meghan hate pages and laughs with Meghan bullies. She can’t even sleep without thinking about Archie’s name! pic.twitter.com/xoG2nCtx8e
— 😹 (@fartherkelss) May 6, 2020
@MacmillanUSA You should really take a look to see what your author, Emily Giffin, posts her social media. I doubt that you want someone who seems to be very irrational being a reflection of your brand. Just check around on twitter to see her nasty attacks against Meghan Markle
— Miss D. 📚🎀 (@bonobochick) May 6, 2020
Emily has since issued an apology, taking to Instagram to write, "I enjoy following celebrities and analysing them with my readers. I post dozens of IG stories a day in a very honest, unfiltered way, as if I'm confiding directly with close friends.
"Further, I'm very interested by the British monarchy. I always have been. See the link in my bio for an essay I wrote in the days before Meghan and Harry Wed. To be clear, I absolutely loved that a biracial, American woman was marrying into the Royal Family.
"It seemed a wonderful, happy thing for everyone. I celebrated their wedding by hosting a gathering here at my home and posting many, many photos.
"Further, I was appalled by any signs of racism against her. Over recent months my feelings about BOTH Harry and Meghan changed. But I can say from the bottom of my heart that my criticism of Meghan has never had anything to do with her race.
"Further, I understood why she wanted to leave the monarchy and carve her own path. I do, however, find fault with the way BOTH she and Harry handled things, and those feelings bled over in later posts, including the ones today.
"I can see how some of my posts may have felt mean-spirited, and could be construed as having racial undertones. It was not my intent, but I understand that intent and impact are two very different things. And I am truly sorry for that negative impact."
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