Author Emily Giffin Apologized After Calling Meghan Markle "Unmaternal" and "Phony"
Update: Giffin apologized for her comments in a private Instagram Story, Marie Claire reports.
"I enjoy following celebrities and analyzing 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 in the British monarchy. I always have been," she wrote. "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."
She continued, saying that she let her feelings over Meghan and Harry leaving their positions as senior members of the royal family influence her posts. She insists that race had nothing to do with her opinions and acknowledged the "negative impact" of her posts, reiterating that it was never her intent to be "mean-spirited."
"Further, I understood why she wanted to leave the monarchy and carve out 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," Giffin wrote. "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."
While most of the world was grateful for the gift that was Meghan Markle's birthday video with baby Archie, author Emily Giffin, who wrote Something Borrowed, a book adapted into a Kate Hudson rom-com in 2011, decided to call Meghan's clip "phony" and incur the wrath of royal fans everywhere. E! News reports that Giffin shared screencaps of text messages on her Instagram account — which is now deleted — calling Meghan out for being "unmaternal" in her video and using it as a way to garner the attention that she insisted she wanted to get away from.
E! News notes that the conversation began with Giffin calling Meghan "unmaternal" and adding that the video was "uncomfortable to watch." Presumably, the messages were to a friend, and continued, saying that the video "screamed look at me! Look at me! I need attention as the doting mother."
"It's also sad how she seemed just slightly annoyed Archie wasn't fully cooperating to her standards," a response read.
"Completely," Giffin agreed.
Another exchange implied that there was a connection between Meghan's experience as an actor and her "playing a part" in motherhood.
"Poorly," Emily responded again in agreement.
Naturally, screenshots of the conversation made their way to Twitter.
Giffin also posted a comment she made on the video, which read, "Adorable child and book. But .... Holy 'me first. This is the Megan show [sic]. 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 authorized biographer) of him ... wearing no pants?! Ooookay ...."
After her comments (and comments from people who didn't quite agree with her views), Giffin set both her Twitter and Instagram accounts to private. E! notes that commenters are taking to her Amazon listings, since it's one more way to offer thoughts on the situation. Additionally, fans are using Twitter to urge Macmillan, Giffin's publisher, to take action.