Meghan denied the claims, calling them the “latest attack on her character” in a statement on Wednesday.
Many on Twitter couldn’t agree more and didn’t hesitate to point out what appeared to be a double standard: While Meghan will be scrutinized over the accusations, the many sexual abuse allegations against Prince Andrew have been overlooked by the royal family.
Let me get this straight! So Buckingham Palace is investigating a bullying allegation against meghan, but not the alleged sex abuse allegation by Prince Andrew victims! Did I get that right?
— queenbe. Carnival Of So-Called Experts (@queenbhuie) March 3, 2021
The royal family has never publicly investigated Prince Andrew’s friendship with the late child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, whom he got to know in 1999 and stayed in contact with, after Epstein became a convicted sex offender.
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Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace did not investigate Prince Andrew’s ties to a convicted sex trafficker and allegations of his own sexual abuse. https://t.co/m943Z7EOEJ
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) March 3, 2021
Prince. Andrew. Is. Right. There.
— machine gun Kele (@kelechnekoff) March 3, 2021
all together now … BUT PRINCE ANDREW BUT PRINCE ANDREW BUT PRINCE ANDREW BUT PRINCE ANDREW BUT PRINCE ANDREW BUT PRINCE ANDREW BUT PRINCE ANDREW BUT PRINCE ANDREW BUT PRINCE ANDREW BUT PRINCE ANDREW BUT PRINCE ANDREW BUT PRINCE ANDREW BUT PRINCE ANDREW BUT PRINCE ANDREW BUT PRI
— Stella Duffy (@stellduffy) March 4, 2021
Some took the opportunity to criticize the media’s role, given how much fodder there is to report on Prince Andrew:
Sorry media, I’m not going to take a single story about Meghan Markle seriously until Prince Andrew is drop kicked into the sun.
— Tasha Suri (@tashadrinkstea) March 3, 2021
Imagine for a moment if we lived in a world where the media scrutinised Prince Andrew as much as they do Meghan Markle
— Jack Duncan🔻 (@JackDunc1) March 3, 2021
All this is to say, a growing number of people are asking why Buckingham Palace can’t take the investigative energy directed at Meghan ― which many believe is a pre-emptive strategy to discredit her on this Sunday’s Oprah special ― and redirect it at Prince Andrew instead.
The two-hour special is set to air Sunday, March 7, at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.