‘Go Away’: Author slammed for 'vile' comments about Meghan and Archie video

Marni Dixit
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

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.

Emily Giffin is getting slammed online after criticising Meghan Markle's birthday message for son Archie. Photo: Getty

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".

Emily shared her thoughts from a text exchange with her followers on Instagram. Photo: Instagram/emilygiffinauthor

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!’.

Meghan Markle shared a sweet video of herself reading to son Archie to celebrate his first birthday. Photo: Getty

“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".

Instagram user @_duchess_of_sussex slammed Emily, calling her vile. Photo: Instagram/_duchess_of_sussex

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.

Emily shared an apology on Instagram, however, some were confused about why she brought the issue of race into it. Photo: Instagram/_duchess_of_sussex

"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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