Meghan Markle is “alienating” groups of people with her criticism of Hollywood and the Royal Family, according to royal commentator Kinsey Schofield. The podcaster and creator of the website To Di For Daily warned the Duchess of Sussex is placing herself in a “unique position” with these remarks which could, in the long term, bar her from future opportunities.
Ms Schofield told Express.co.uk: “Meghan’s continual criticism of Hollywood and the British Royal Family are putting her in such a unique position because she is alienating large groups of people and people that literally gave them the platform that they have now. Who wants to help someone that is constantly complaining about the people that made a way for them?
“Austin Powers, Kill Bill, Deal or No Deal… dragging all of these old productions. I think she limits her future opportunities with this type of commentary.
“She told Variety that she didn’t plan on returning to acting… well, I would hope not based on the amount of time she spends discussing what she hates about Hollywood. She said it herself, a lot has changed since she left the business… so why are you bringing up 20-year-old movies to make your point? It doesn’t help shake off the reputation she has for being stuck in the past.”
This comment by US-based Ms Schofield comes in the wake of a string of remarks made by Meghan against old film and TV productions.
In an episode of Meghan’s podcast series Archetypes exploring the Dragon Lady trope released earlier this month, the Duchess hit out at two decades-old films – the 2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember and Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, released in 2003.
After playing brief clips from these blockbusters, Meghan said during her programme: “Movies like Austin Powers and Kill Bill presented these characters of Asian women as oftentimes over-sexualised or aggressive. And it’s not just those two examples, there’s so many more.”
While the Austin Power film features Japanese women Fook Mi – portrayed by Diane Mizota – and Fook Yu, played by Carrie Ann Inaba, Kill Bill sees Lucy Liu playing deadly Yakuza leader O-Ren Ishii.
In another episode of her podcast, this time focused on the usage against women of the word crazy, Meghan played a few clips to illustrate her point that the adjective is thrown around too easily despite the damage it could do to an individual.
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Among the audio clips that could be heard, there was a brief scene from the popular sitcom How I met Your Mother, which ran for nine seasons after its launch in 2005.
The Duchess opened the most recent episode of Archetypes, which focused on the bimbo label, recalling her experience as a briefcase model on Deal or No Deal.
Meghan was on the set of the TV show for 34 episodes between 2006 and 2007 and, while she said in her podcast she was thankful for the job as it was giving her a steady income while she was pursuing her acting career, she said she ended up quitting because she was unhappy with how it made her feel.
She said: “I ended up quitting the show, like I said I was thankful for the job but not for how it made me feel. Which was not smart. And by the way, I was surrounded by smart women on that stage with me but that wasn’t the focus of why we were there. And I’d end up leaving with this pit in my stomach knowing that I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage.
“I didn’t like feeling forced to be all looks and little substance. And that’s how it felt for me at the time. Being reduced to this specific archetype.”
Most recently, the Duchess discussed Hollywood in an interview with Variety released on Wednesday, during which she said the industry “has shifted quite a bit since I was a part of it” due to streamers.
As noted by Ms Schofield, when asked whether she would consider going back to acting, Meghan replied: “No. I’m done. I guess never say never, but my intention is to absolutely not.”