Priyanka Chopra says it's 'obvious' that racism is to blame for unfair criticism of her friend Meghan Markle

Emma McIntyre/Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesPriyanka Chopra stood up for her friend Meghan Markle.
  • In an interview with the Sunday Times, actress Priyanka Chopra defended Meghan Markle and called out “obvious” racism in what she identified as certain poor treatment of her by the UK press.
  • The two actresses became friends in 2016 and Chopra has often spoken out in Markle’s defence.
  • Prince Harry also issued an official statement decrying such treatment of Markle in 2016, and George Clooney spoke up on her behalf earlier this year.
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In an interview with the Sunday Times, Priyanka Chopra called out “obvious” racism in the way she feels her friend Meghan Markle has been treated by UK press.

Chopra, who most recently starred in the film “Isn’t It Romantic,” said that some people are simply unhappy about a biracial woman having become a member of the British royal family.

Priyanka Chopra minced no words about what she thinks is behind some unfair criticism of her friend, the Duchess of Sussex

“Of course it has to do with racism, it’s an obvious reason. But the beauty of Meg is that she’s been herself through all of this,” Chopra told the Sunday Times.

“But if there’s anyone who can handle it, it’s her,” she continued.

According to Chopra, Markle’s marriage hasn’t changed who she is at her core and that Markle will continue to speak out about things she believes in.

Chopra said, “A lot of people got to know her after everything [involving her relationship with Prince Harry], but I knew her before and she’s the same chick.”

She continued, “Now that she’s got a real platform, she talks about the same things she always did. We spent hours speaking about the difference that influence and dialogue can make to the world before this whole thing happened, so what you see now is authentically her. She’s always been the girl wanting to move the needle.”

Chopra and Markle have reportedly been friends since a 2016 meeting at the Elle Women in Television dinner

Shortly after the May 2018 royal wedding, Chopra characterised their closeness for People magazine.

“I think friendships depend on people individually and how personal your relationship is,” she said then. “You can have work friendships, those are different. But when you have real friendships, like ours, it doesn’t matter what people look at you as or where your world goes, you sort of just, stay friends. And I think that’s what we’re like,” she said.

Prince Harry has also defended Markle from the press

Back when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were dating in 2016, enough harsh treatment occurred that Prince Harry felt compelled to release an official statement defending his then-girlfriend against exactly that type of defamation and abuse.

The statement read, in part:

“But the past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public – the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.

“Some of it has been hidden from the public – the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life.

“Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm.

“He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game.’ He strongly disagrees. This is not a game – it is her life and his.”

Earlier this year, George Clooney also did his best to bring attention to the treatment of Markle

In a February 2019 interview with Australian publication Who, Clooney said he feels Markle has been “vilified” by the press.

“I do want to say, [the press are] just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere, she’s been pursued and vilified. She’s a woman who is seven months pregnant and she has been pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that Diana was and it’s history repeating itself,” he said.

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