This morning, viewers complained to Ofcom after Talk Radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer glanced at Meghan Markle on Thursday’s show.
The panel was discussing an unseen photograph of the Queen and Prince Philip and their great-grandchildren, which was released earlier this week, following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
But fans of the show were not impressed, when Julia, 52, said Meghan would be offended by the photo because Archie wasn’t in it – despite it being taken in 2018 , before his birth.
Her comments come after Meghan and Harry spoke to Oprah last month in a bombshell interview in which she accused an anonymous member of the royal family of racism, while saying she was denied support after feeling suicidal.
Not impressed: Viewers this morning complained to Ofcom after Talk Radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer swept Meghan Markle on Thursday’s show.
Family: The panel was discussing a photograph of the Queen and Prince Philip and their great-grandchildren, which was released earlier this week. The image in question (pictured) shows the 94-year-old monarch and her husband with Prince George, Prince Louis, Savannah Phillips, Princess Charlotte, Isla Phillips holding Lena Tindall and Mia Tindall
Julia told hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary: “I wonder if Meghan managed to take offense at this photo because it doesn’t include her son…
“She probably thinks it’s a racist photograph that was taken even before her son was conceived.
“But I’m sure she managed to take offense anyway.
Nicola Thorp, who was also part of the discussion, interrupted the radio presenter and said: “Julia, you can’t say something like that. I’m sorry and I know you are laughing about it. You can’t say that without me finding out about you.
Backlash: Her comments come after Meghan and Harry spoke to Oprah last month in a bombshell interview in which she accused an anonymous member of the royal family of racism, while saying she was refused support after feeling suicidal.
Dig: Julia said: “I wonder if Meghan managed to take offense at this photo because it does not include her son, she probably thinks it is a racist photograph”
“Suggest that Meghan would think something was racist because something didn’t even exist at the time. You, yourself, are pushing this agenda forward and I’m sick of it.
Trying to calm the situation down, Dermot said, “Ladies, please, let’s move on to the next topic. We thought we would start with a lighter topic.
After the scenes aired, fans of the show took to Twitter to criticize Julia for her comments and said they found the viewing “uncomfortable.”
Irked: Nicola Thorp interrupted and said: “To suggest that Meghan would think something was racist because something didn’t even exist at the time. You are moving this agenda forward ‘
One of them wrote: “Shame on you Julia. You’ve just shown exactly what it’s like to be a black person in this country and endured flippant comments like a joke! your racist comment against Megan is not a joke, it makes people uncomfortable.
Another viewer added: “@Ofcom please watch the joke” by Julia Heartley Brewers and laugh about the racism on @thismorning earlier today.
“If Julia Heartley Brewer hadn’t been stopped by Dermot, she would have gone on and laughed more,” rang a third.
“I’m filing a complaint with OFCOM about Julia on #ThisMorning,” typed another furious fan.
Ladies please! Trying to calm the situation down, Dermot said, “Ladies, please, let’s move on to the next topic. We thought we would start with a lighter subject ‘
Controversy: After the scenes aired, fans of the show took to Twitter to criticize Julia for her comments and said they found the viewing “uncomfortable.”
“Wow Julia on #ThisMorning really let the side down. I really thought there was little racism in the UK, but that among many other comments since Oprah’s interview got me thinking again. Such an unnecessary and cruel comment to boot, ”said another.
However, others backed Julia, with a writing: “Loved your dig at Meghan’s house this morning Julia. His followers had previously called Catherine for leaving Archie, even though he was not born. So you weren’t far from the xx ‘mark.
Prince William and Kate Middleton had posted the touching photo of the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen with seven of their great-grandchildren ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday.
Support: However, others have supported Julia, with a writing: “Loved your dig at Meghan’s house this morning Julia. Her supporters had previously called Catherine for leaving Archie out ‘
The unseen photo, which was taken at Balmoral Castle in 2018 by the Duchess of Cambridge, showed Prince Philip with his arm around Peter Phillips’ daughter, Isla, while the Queen, 94, held a baby Prince Louis in his arms.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte offered a cheeky smile in the photo, while Peter’s eldest daughter Savannah Phillips posed alongside Zara Tindall’s daughters Mia and Lena.
A second photo of Her Majesty and her husband was shared on the Duke and Duchess’s Instagram page and showed the couple posing with Prince George and Princess Charlotte during a visit to Balmoral in 2015.
The caption read: “Today we share with members of the royal family photographs of the Duke of Edinburgh, remembering him as a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. ”
The photograph does not include the couple’s three youngest grandchildren, born in recent years.
Complaints: A few viewers complained to Ofcom following the heated argument
Prince Harry and Meghan welcomed their son Archie Harrison in May 2019, while Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall both gave birth to their sons, whom they named after the Duke, last month.
In Meghan and Harry’s interview, they sparked global outrage with a host of shocking comments and accusations of racism in the royal family.
Meghan declined to say which royal had the conversation with Harry about Archie’s skin color, saying it would be ‘damaging’ to her husband’s relative who raised her.
She told Miss Winfrey it was a “pretty safe” guess to suggest the Royal Family member was “concerned” that Archie was “too dark” or “a problem”.
Questions Asked: She did not specify who made the comments (nothing to suggest it was someone in this image)
When asked if it was ‘important’ to Meghan that Archie was called a prince, she said she had no attachment to the ‘greatness’ of official titles.
But she said it was “the idea that our son was not safe, and also the idea that the first colored member of this family was not titled the same as the other grandchildren would be ”.
Prince Harry – who then joined his wife and Miss Winfrey for the final part of the interview – called the conversation “embarrassing”, saying it left him “shocked”.
But he refused to reveal anything more about what was said, saying, “This conversation I’ll never share. “