As Well-Wishes Pour In for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Columnist Dubs Her 'Unsuitable'
Meghan Markle's soon to be sister-in-law, Duchess Catherine, is among the many high-profile people offering their congratulations about the latest royal engagement, but not everyone is pleased.
“William and I are absolutely thrilled at such exciting news and it is a really happy time for any couple and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment," the duchess said at an event inside the Foundling Hospital in the U.K. Tuesday.
On the day after the huge announcement, British newspapers welcomed the American princess with enthusiastic headlines.
However, a columnist for one magazine, The Spectator, is under fire after calling Markle "unsuitable" for Harry because she is divorced from her first husband, actor/producer Trevor Engelson.
“Seventy years ago Meghan Markle would have been the kind of woman the prince would have taken for a mistress, not a wife,” writer Melanie McDonagh wrote in a blog post Monday.
“Like every self-respecting member of the acting profession these days, she’s got liberal political views,” McDonagh added. “Hmm. Great. You can see it now, can’t you: When President Trump calls, Princess Meghan will be almost visibly holding her nose.”
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling quickly came to Markle’s defense as she tweeted the hashtag #TeamDivorcee.
Rowling's tweet received a great deal of support from people around the world who are encouraging the nuptials.
Barack and Michelle Obama were also among well-wishers sending their congratulations to the couple Monday afternoon.
More than 24 hours after the announcement, there has been no message of congratulations from President Trump.
The reason may stem from a 2016 appearance by Markle during the election campaign when she called Trump “divisive” and “misogynistic” during an appearance on the now-canceled The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.