Priyanka Chopra says Meghan Markle is an "obvious" victim of racism

Posted by Ria, 03 Jun

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Meghan Markle’s closest friends always seem to have her back. Remember when they all grouped together for that incredible People interview?

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While Meghan Markle might be keeping a low profile at the moment as she focuses on her and Prince Harry’s little bundle of joy, Archie, the same can’t be said for her long-time friend Priyanka Chopra.

The Bollywood actress has never been shy when it comes to speaking her mind, so we aren’t surprised that the new Mrs. Jonas (she married Nick Jonas back in December) told The Sunday Times exactly how she feels about the treatment – or mistreatment – of her friend.

As well as slamming the British press for writing racist things about the Duchess of Sussex, the 36-year-old star added that she believes the real reason people might not have warmed to Meghan Markle in the same way they did Kate Middleton, for example, is all down to race…

"For sure, 100%. Of course, it has to do with racism, it's an obvious reason,” Priyanka Chopra said, in reference to the negative press attention Meghan Markle received since her relationship with Prince Harry went public in 2016.

“But the beauty of Meg is that she's been herself through all of this. A lot of people got to know her after everything [once she started dating Harry], but I knew her before and she's the same chick."

However, Priyanka believes that Meghan Markle is strong enough to handle even the harshest of critics. And she is using her new position for good, to speak out about the causes that are important to her…

“It’s really unfortunate. But if there’s anyone who can handle it, it’s her.

"Now that she’s got a real platform, she talks about the same things she always did. We spent hours speaking about the difference that influence and dialogue can make to the world before this whole thing happened, so what you see now is authentically her.

“She’s always been the girl wanting to move the needle."

And we assume that Priyanka coming to Meghan Markle’s defense means that there is no truth in the rumors that the two ladies have fallen out. The rumor started when Meghan Markle (who was pregnant at the time) didn’t attend Nick and Priyanka’s wedding, and when Priyanka didn’t attend Meghan’s baby shower months later.

“This story is untrue, and I was actually in town for work,” Priyanka said, referencing the rumors of the feud.

“I hope whoever this ‘source’ is starts checking their facts more often.”

Well, there you have it.

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