Why are Meghan Markle and Camilla Parker Bowles being trolled after Queen Elizabeth’s death? TikTok videos are slamming the duchess and queen consort – but praising King Charles’ ex, Princess Diana
TikTok videos ridiculing Markle during the live broadcast of the queen’s state funeral on Monday, September 19, garnered millions of views. Another series of videos criticised Markle’s funeral attire and accused her of copying an old outfit of Princess Diana’s, even though the video – viewed more than 22.5 million times – predated the funeral itself and used photos from the 2019 Remembrance Day.
Slideshows of Camilla captioned “the new queen” or “his wife” juxtaposed with photos of Diana captioned “the real queen” and “his ex-wife” have been set to contemporary music and watched by hundreds of thousands of people. The hashtag “Cowmilla”, referring to the queen consort, has been used on videos directing online harassment at Camilla as well as videos solely criticising Markle.
Many held Camilla responsible for the dissolution of the marriage between King Charles and the late Princess Diana in the 1990s.
“It’s actually almost inconceivable how much abuse Camilla took. I mean, she was called hag, old bag, witch. I mean, these were the kind of words that were used about Camilla for years,” Tina Brown, author of The Palace Papers, said in an April interview with The Washington Post.
Brown went on to say that public opinion of Camilla grew especially vitriolic after Diana’s death in 1997.
“Camilla was considered the ugly sort of force that had driven Diana into such pain and sadness, I mean, the love that Charles had for her,” she said.
In her famous 1995 interview with the journalist Martin Bashir, Diana referred to her then-husband’s mistress and future wife as the “third person” in her marriage, and British media dubbed Camilla “the most hated woman in Britain.”
- Social media users criticised Prince Harry’s wife and step-mum through Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral and beyond, picking at their clothes supposedly worn at the event
- Netflix’s The Crown kicked off a new wave of negativity among Gen Zers for its portrayal of Charles and Camilla’s relationship, while Markle has dealt with online harassment and bad press for years