The Daily Mail ran an article charting Markle’s family history. The article’s headline reads, “How in 150 years, Meghan Markle’s family went from cotton slaves to royalty via freedom in the US Civil War… while her dad’s ancestors included a maid at Windsor Castle.” Below, the family tree for her mother’s side is titled “Dirt Poor in the Deep South” whereas her father’s family is described as “A Miner, A Cobbler—and an Essex Boy.”
The Daily Mail has described Meghan Markle’s family as going from “cotton slaves to royalty.” pic.twitter.com/NKjEeN1KNV
— Rossalyn Warren (@RossalynWarren) November 30, 2017
The story also said that the Civil War happened because of “the determination of the Confederate states to cling on to their slaves because the cotton fields needed them, and the wealth of the South depended on cotton,” which is also a pretty big oversimplification!
The general reaction on Twitter has reflected how this type of response was expected but is nonetheless painful.
The Daily Mail has plummeted to disgusting new lows that one may not even have thought possible. "Look at Meghan Markle's cotton picking relatives" is a HEADLINE?
I don't think that racist piece of toilet roll should disguise itself as a 'newspaper' anymore. Burn it in the trash.
— Anuradha Santhanam (@anumccartney) November 30, 2017