Gayle King Checks Royal Biographer Penny Junor over Alleged Racial Attacks against Meghan Markle in the British Media

Joe Akins
Jan 20, 2020
03:00 P.M.
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Journalist Gayle King tackles royal biographer Penny Junor on CBS "This Morning" over her stance on the racial profiling of Meghan by the British media.


On Monday, British royal biographer, Penny Junor appeared on "CBS This Morning" as a guest to discuss why she believes Prince Harry's recent behavior is "uncharacteristic." When Gayle asked Junor about a statement she had earlier made, the royal biographer had this to say in her defense:

"Harry was a very cheerful, happy, happy man. That cheerful, charming man seems to have disappeared."

Media personality Gayle King visits SiriusXM Studios on December 09, 2019|Photo: Getty Images


The biographer who had joined the show via Skype from London reminisced on the growing up years of the Duke of Sussex.

Junor hammered that although the last time she spoke to him was three years ago before he met Meghan, she was confident he couldn't have drastically changed to the point of relinquishing his title without Meghan's influence. She said,

"And in his place, we have an angry, disgruntled, really seriously disgruntled man."

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex depart Canada House on January 07, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images


Gayle, however, countered her opinion. She went on to ask Junor why the Duke should not be angry and frustrated after reminding her that the Duke himself has admitted to be frustrated by the treatment the British media metes out on his wife. 

To this, the author agreed that it was hurtful while referring to the Duchess as sensitive. Junor proceeded to defend the British's love for the couple. She recalled that people had nothing but respect for the "Golden couple."

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Junor went straight on from there to firmly stand by her claims that racism was not a factor in Meghan's treatment. She stated that the British were particularly thrilled at the union because Meghan is mixed race.

The author's stance did not sit in well with Gayle as she called out facts using evidence from publications, including one where the royal couple's child was portrayed as a chimp. The co-host inquired if Junor checked in with any Black British before making her claim. 

"Of course, it is. I do not deny that. Sorry, I'm not trying to defend things like that. I'm not," Junor stuttered in her response.

Gayle King attends the world premiere of "Cats" at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on December 16, 2019|Photo: Getty Images


The royal biographer revealed that the majority of the British public were enthusiastic about having Meghan in the splendid setting. She explained that having a person of color in that position made other people of color feel relevant to the monarchy.

An emergency meeting was held on Monday by the royal family over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's future.

The couple's declaration of independence has brought a vast divide in the public's opinion. While some are in support of the couple's decision, others are downright offended.

Gayle King attends the premiere of Tyler Perry's "A Fall From Grace" at Metrograph on January 13, 2020 |Photo: Getty Images


Although the CBS anchor was thorough in her interview with the royal biographer, she has come out to trash speculations that she will be having a tell-all with the royal couple.

The CBS spokesperson told the publication that the Journalist had no such conversation with the couple. 

In the same vein, CEO of OWN network Oprah Winfrey and a friend to the royal couple has dismissed rumors stemmed from royal aides that she plans on hosting an exclusive interview with the couple.

The billionaire businesswoman also denied that she encouraged the couple to find their path.