So far, 203 people have complained to Ofcom, after the broadcaster shoehorned Meghan into a light discussion on the show last week about a photo of the Queen, the late Prince Philip and some of their great grandchildren.
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Discussing the photo, which was taken in 2018 before the birth of Meghan and Prince Harry’s son, Archie, Hartley-Brewer said: “I wonder if Meghan has managed to take offence to this photograph that doesn’t include her son.”
She added Markle “probably thinks it’s a racist photograph” and said: “I’m sure she’s managed to take offence at it anyway” – knowing that Archie had not yet been born when the photo was taken.
At the time, her comments sparked outrage. Fellow guest Nicola Thorp – broadcaster and Coronation Street actress – told Hartley-Brewer that she was “pushing [an] agenda.”
For her part, Hartley-Brewer is no stranger to controversy. The Brexit supporting radio host has been frequently criticised for speaking out against lockdown, foreign aid and – that old chestnut – ‘political correctness’.
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— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@Julia Hartley-Brewer)
In late 2019, lawyer Jolyon Maugham accused Hartley-Brewer of revealing his home address at a time when he was receiving death threats for killing a fox. She said his address was already easily available in defence.