Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sensationally quit as senior members of the Royal Family earlier this year, citing they wanted to become financially independent. But outspoken actor Laurence Fox has suggested the couple may have left the fold for a very different reason.
Writing in a comment piece for The Spectator, the 42-year-old claimed Meghan left the royal fold as she was unable to garner sufficient attention.
He then claimed his views of the Duchess are held “by a sizeable proportion of the population”.
The comments made in the article follow on from his appearance on Question Time earlier this year.
He sparked huge controversy by claiming that being called a “white privileged male” was racist and denied that Meghan had been the target of racial abuse.
During the TV appearance he claimed the Duchess was leaving the UK because she wasn’t getting enough attention, and Mr Fox reiterated the claim in his comment piece.
The actor described the criticism he received for making the remarks as “heresy” and said: “The heresy was that, far from being hounded out by the baying racists of this statistically very tolerant and diverse country, Meghan Markle might, just might, have left for other reasons.
“Having spent years around actors, a fairly common trait is an enormous ego and the desire to be the centre of attention.
“I include myself very firmly in this bracket.
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The academic said: “The problem we’ve got with this is that Meghan has agreed to be Harry’s wife, and the press have torn her to pieces.
“Let’s be really clear about what this is, let’s call it by its name, it’s racism.
“She’s a black woman and she has been torn to pieces.”
But Mr Fox disagreed with the remarks, and said: “It’s not racism. No it’s not.
“We’re the most tolerant, lovely country in Europe.
“It’s so easy to throw the card of racism at everybody and it’s really starting to get boring now.”
The exchange sparked a huge backlash on social media and Mr Fox said he received a number death threats after the show aired.
The British actor said the comments he made during the show may prevent him from getting another acting job.