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The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, was raked over the coals on social media Thursday after paying a surprise visit to the memorial site of the Uvalde, Texas school massacre in what many claimed was an obvious publicity stunt.
Markle was assailed by reporters and photographers as she laid a bouquet of white roses at a makeshift memorial outside the Uvalde County Courthouse, not far from Robb Elementary School where a psychotic shooter killed 19 children and two teachers.
The actress also visited the Uvalde Community Center where a blood drive took place in the wake of the tragedy. A volunteer at the center told the Daily Mail that she toured the facility and donated food.
“She did not want anybody to know who she was,” the unnamed person said.
This is certainly true of Meghan Markle!! https://t.co/bkxVKxDWrC
— cJac 🇺🇦🍅🥚🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@SWfnCJac) May 27, 2022
One commenter on Twitter was very blunt, “Shame on you for using the pain of these families for your publicity. All the way from California to Texas, camera in tow, to strike a pose at the memorial site of dead children. You are callous. Your PR is dark. A flight to Texas but not to your Dad.”
Jill Kargman, who is the author and star of Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out,” also slammed Markle, according to the Daily Mail, “This rings hollow and feels opportunistic. I thought she stepped down for privacy? Using dead kids for a photo op isn’t drawing attention to the tragedy it’s drawing attention to her obvious quest to be our People’s Princess. No thanks.”
Markle was dressed in a t-shirt, ballcap, and jeans while reportedly wearing a $6,900 Cartier Love Bracelet and Princess Diana’s $23,000 Cartier Tank Watch. Prince Harry was nowhere to be seen. However, the head of her security team, Alberto Alvarez, who formerly handled protection for Michael Jackson, was with her.
— Evans Einstein (all pronouns) – LGBTQ+, Black, Fem (@einstein_evans) May 26, 2022
“I had no idea who she was. She just was carrying on a conversation like her and I knew each other for years,” volunteer Gloria Contreras, 40, told BuzzFeed in an interview.
“We were just talking about, you know, the situation and what happened what we were doing here. I told her about us giving out water to the people and feeding them,” Contreras noted.
“I even talked about my personal life, telling her about my son and my family and, you know, coming to Texas because she told me she was from Santa Barbara and I said, ‘Well, you need to come to Texas!'” she added. “We were talking about Texas and Uvalde and how it is to be in a small town and how everybody is so kind and warm-hearted and know we know each other and stuff and how the faith is deep-rooted.”
“She was just really sweet,” another volunteer named Georjean Burnell, 46, told BuzzFeed News. “She just kind of walked in with her [security] crew and started putting ice waters in the bucket with us and laying out chips for the people who were needing snacks before and after donating.”
“It’s funny, we didn’t even know it was her until after she left and now we’re so sad. I mean, to be honest, we thought she was our neighbor,” she commented.
Markle appears to be a staunch advocate of gun control as well.
Others piled on, taking a shot at Markle over her “surprise” visit:
Meghan Markle doesn't want the responsibility of royalty but wants all the perceived value of royalty.
You're a two-bit barely known American actress. Your presence in TX at the site of a shooting is actively irritating and a distraction. Go home.
— Melissa Mackenzie (@MelissaTweets) May 26, 2022
This is beyond disgusting.
Imagine setting all of this up.
When Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge laid flowers, she went, laid flowers and walked away.
Meghan Markle is doing a whole scene set up with her own photographer and film crew.
— King William Vibes (@OodgieBoodgie) May 26, 2022
Only one woman below is genuine in the cause to which she is photographed paying her respects to.
We see you for the user that you are, Meghan Markle. pic.twitter.com/vMbydlgXdC
— MegaloMarkle (@MegaloMarkle) May 26, 2022
I never paid much attention to Meghan Markle till today. She had the audacity to show up in Ulvade, TX to pay her respects. Along with her bodyguards and a horde of photographers. No class at all. It's all about her.
— The Wayfarer (@broughton_jimmy) May 26, 2022
The Duchess of Sussex – aka wicked wench formerly known as Meghan Markle – turning up at a school in Texas is an outrage. Victims do NOT need her profiteering on their pain. Her TV moment will not help them heal. Disgraceful but not surprising. #Meghan #MeghanMarkle
— The Steeple Times (@SteepleTimes) May 27, 2022
Meghan Markle flying in and using the devastation and heartbreak of Ulvalde as a press opportunity is obscene. Wtf. 🤬
— Garbage (@garbage) May 26, 2022
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