Supporters of Meghan took to Twitter to protect the Duchess from accusations she was exploiting her royal title with her latest endeavour, a children’s book. Many noted other members of the Royal Family have authored books over the past decades.
And a few pointed out how, just yesterday, the Queen has approved the sale of a range of beers and a new sloe gin bearing the name of royal estates.
One supporter of the Sussexes said: “People attacking Meghan for releasing a children’s book as if the Queen didn’t announce that she’s selling her own gin today…”.
Another said: “The Queen also announced today she’s selling her own beer. £3.99 a bottle. True story.”
A third added: “Didn’t the Queen just release a new bottle of gin that sells for £30.00?
“And Charles sells all sort of merchandise while still scrounging from taxpayers.
“Meghan is a non-working royal and is earning her own living.”
A fourth fan of Meghan wrote on Twitter: “The Queen literally just released a new gin she is selling for £30 a bottle. Yet Meghan can’t even breathe without being attacked.”
Another, replying to a tweet from royal expert Robert Jobson, said: “Lol! The Queen of England is practically selling Gin n beer but you know what”.
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They added a gif reading “stay mad”.
Mr Jobson’s tweet appeared to be a thinly-veiled criticism over Meghan’s use of her title on the front cover of the book and in her author biography.
It read: “Good job she isn’t using her royal title .. oops, she is. Silly me.”
As announced by the Royal Collection Trust yesterday, a new Buckingham Palace sloe gin has recently gone on sale on the Trust’s website and its shops.
All the proceedings will go to the Trust, which has been experiencing financial woes over the past 13 months due to the coronavirus pandemic and the forced closures and drop of visitors at its sites that followed.
Moreover, the monarch has approved the sale at the Sandringham gift shop of a range of beer brewed from plants grown on her Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
In 1999, Prince Charles famously launched Duchy Organics, a company selling organic food products.
In 2010, the brand, now known as Duchy Originals, partnered up with Waitrose.
As stated on the Prince of Wales’ website, this enterprise “has aimed to help small and medium-sized producers, and all profits have gone to charitable causes.”
Among the books written by Prince Charles there is The Old Man of Lochnagar, a children’s story of an old man who lives in a cave in the cliffs surrounding the corrie loch under the Lochnagar.
The book was published in 1980 in aid of The Prince’s Trust charity.
Meghan, who with Prince Harry stepped down as working royal in late March 2020, announced yesterday her first children’s book called The Bench will be released on June 8.
Meghan’s words are paired with illustrations by Christian Robinson.
She said: “The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born.
“That poem became this story. Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolour illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens.
“My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.”