Melissa McCarthy Defends Meghan Markle, Calls Out 'Threatening' Hatred Towards Duchess

Actress Melissa McCarthy defends her friend Meghan Markle, calling her a "smart, interesting woman" and expressing shock at the "vicious barrage of hate" directed towards the Duchess of Sussex.

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Melissa McCarthy Defends Meghan Markle, Calls Out 'Threatening' Hatred Towards Duchess

Melissa McCarthy Defends Meghan Markle, Calls Out 'Threatening' Hatred Towards Duchess

Actress Melissa McCarthy has come to the defense of her friend Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, expressing shock and dismay at the 'vicious barrage of hate' directed towards her. In an interview at the opening of the Broadway show 'Suffs,' McCarthy described Markle as a 'smart, interesting woman' whose success and accomplishments seem to threaten some people.

McCarthy, who collaborated with Markle in 2021 to launch her 40x40 mentorship program, said she finds the animosity towards the Duchess 'incredibly threatening.' "She's just a smart, interesting woman who has her own life," McCarthy stated. "Why is that so threatening to people?"

The 53-year-old actress praised Markle as 'wonderful' and 'awesome,' and said she finds the royal couple 'very inspiring' for 'carving out their own lives.' McCarthy also expressed a desire to learn more about the women's suffrage movement, which is the subject of the Broadway musical 'Suffs' that she attended.

Why this matters: Meghan Markle has faced significant public scrutiny and online abuse, particularly during her pregnancies with son Archie and daughter Lilibet. The Duchess herself has spoken about finding the 'bulk of the bullying and abuse' she experienced on social media to be 'disturbing,' especially the fact that much of it comes from other women.

Markle's celebrity friends, including Abigail Spencer and Suits co-star Patrick J. Adams, have also come to her defense in the past. Kelly McKee Zajfen, the co-founder of Alliance of Moms, called Markle an 'undeniable force of pure love.' McCarthy's support adds to the voices standing up for the Duchess amidst the ongoing criticism she faces.

Key Takeaways

  • Melissa McCarthy defends her friend Meghan Markle against "vicious barrage of hate".
  • McCarthy describes Markle as a "smart, interesting woman" whose success threatens some.
  • McCarthy praises Markle as "wonderful" and "awesome" for "carving out their own lives".
  • Markle has faced significant public scrutiny and online abuse, especially during pregnancies.
  • McCarthy's support adds to voices standing up for the Duchess amidst ongoing criticism.