Charlie Hebdo sparks outrage with cartoon of Queen kneeling on Meghan’s neck
Charlie Hebdo has been branded "disgusting" over a cover showing The Queen pressing her knee on Meghan Markle's neck in a distressing nod to George Floyd's tragic death.
The controversial magazine's cover ran with the headline: "Why Meghan left Buckingham…"
Meghan, struggling under The Queen's weight, says: "because I couldn't breathe anymore."
The sick parody is thought to relate to George Floyd, a black man who died in the USA last year when white cop Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on Mr Floyd's neck for eight minutes.
Disturbing footage which went viral showed Mr Floyd calling out for his mum and begging for air, saying: "I can't breathe."
His death sparked global Black Lives Matter protests as people around the world showed their fury at what had happened.
This week it was revealed Mr Floyd's family will receive a $27 million payout to settle a lawsuit over his death. Chauvin's trial will start next week.
Now Charlie Hebdo, known for running controversial covers, has likened Meghan Markle's experience in The Royal Family to the US incident.
Slamming the cartoon, campaign group Windrush Anchor wrote on Twitter: "A poor and ill-conceived response from #CharlieHebdo which if anything inflames the issue.
"This brand of simplistic satire has no place in the fight against racism. Utterly appalling and deeply saddening."
Black and Asian Lawyers For Justice said the cover was "outrageous, disgusting, fascistic racism" and accused Charlie Hebdo of "pimping" George Floyd's death for profit.
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The magazine has long sparked controversy with its cartoons. In 2015, backlash over a cartoon of the prophet Muhammed led to an armed attack on Charlie Hebdo's offices.
Terrorists armed with kalashnikovs slaughtered 12 magazine staff at the Paris headquarters, shouting: "The prophet is avenged."
The latest cover has been published days after a bombshell interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle where they claimed The Royal Family asked how dark baby Archie's skin would be when he was born.
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Another shocking revelation from the interview revealed The Duchess of Sussex had suicidal thoughts while living in the UK, but was allegedly told she couldn't get help.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement in response saying the allegations were "concerning" but the matter would be dealt with privately.
Prince William later denied claims his family was racist.
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