The latest episode of the long-running, classic animated comedy “South Park” offended Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, so much that according to sources, the two are mulling pursuing legal action.
Why all the offense? Because the episode heavily mocked them and their oft-heard claim that they just want some privacy and to be left alone.
Indeed, the episode began with the couple appearing on a talk show, “Good Morning Canada,” to hawk Harry’s new book. Except whereas in real life the book is named “Spare,” in the episode it was comically named “WAAAGH.”
The episode continued with the duo embarking on a “WorldWide Privacy Tour” (despite constantly barking for attention), after which they settled down in the fictional town of South Park.
Below is a preview of the episode:
Kyle complains about a dumb prince and his stupid wife in the all-new episode, titled “Worldwide Privacy Tour” premiering Wednesday at 10/9c on Comedy Central. pic.twitter.com/6Dpa5R5ZZ3
— South Park (@SouthPark) February 13, 2023
The episode reportedly did not sit well with the formerly royal couple, according to Fox News columnist Neil Sean.
“Now it appears that the ginger one, along with his wife, former actress Meghan, are not quite laughing along with the rest of us. According to sources close to the ex-royals, it appears that, like so many things with Meghan and Harry, this may have legal ramifications attached,” he reported Saturday for Fox News.
“Their legal team are casting an eye over the episode to see what is wrong, and what could be turned into something more sinister. This appears to be their course of action rather than laughing it off, enjoying the moment and showing the world that they get the joke and understand this is how they may be perceived, and maybe, dare we say, change . . . dare we?” he added.
Except no, it appears the duo are once again doubling down on their victimhood complex, if Sean’s sources are to be believed.
It’s not the first time they’ve tried to silence criticism, nor will it likely be the last.
A couple years ago, Markle sat down for a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrew in which she claimed the Royal Family is racist.
Following the interview, British commenter Piers Morgan blasted her claim, saying on “Good Morning Britain” that it was rubbish.
“I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says. … I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report,” he said.
In response, Meghan filed a formal complaint with ITV, a British organization that essentially regulates British TV.
So … the Duchess of Sussex formally filed a complaint to @ITV on Monday.
It’s thought to have been sent to the broadcaster’s CEO.
Meghan raised concerns about how @piersmorgan’s words affect the issue of mental health and what it might do to others contemplating suicide pic.twitter.com/rA09dOQ4GN
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) March 10, 2021
Shortly thereafter, Morgan disappeared from “Good Morning Britain.”
That being said, Morgan possesses a lot less cultural power than “South Park,” a 26-year-old show whose mockery of those who deserve to be mocked is almost always perfectly in sync with how the public writ large feels.
This is why conservative commentator Megyn Kelly for her part believes that the latest “South Park” episode may be the veritable kiss of death for Prince Harry and his wife.
“I feel this is a pronouncement that they have jumped the shark, they are not beloved, and her hopes of running for president — reported hopes — are all but dashed,” she said Friday on her podcast.
“That’s not happening. When ‘South Park’ turns on you, there’s no recovering,” she added.
Dovetailing back to Markle’s attempt to censor Morgan, it’s deeply ironic given her own legal dilemmas: Earlier this month, her own sister sued her for defamation.
“Samantha is suing Meghan for $75,000 over claims the duchess made about her to Winfrey in 2021. Meghan said that she was raised as an “only child;” that Samantha changed her name back to Markle only after Meghan’s relationship with Harry had been made public; and that she had not seen Samantha for nearly two decades,” according to Newsweek.
“The royal’s half-sister is also suing for defamation over information supplied by Meghan to a staff member who briefed the authors of the 2020 biography Finding Freedom. Among information told to royal communications officer Jason Knauf—revealed in a media lawsuit in 2021—was that Samantha had “lost custody of all three of her children from different fathers,” Newsweek noted.
The irony is that in response to the suit, Markle tried to lean on the core U.S. constitutional right that she and her husband have on more than one occasion indicated they despise: The First Amendment.
Her lawyers specifically argued that the lawsuit should be thrown out because Samantha’s rights to “criticize” or “voice opinions” are “fundamental rights granted by the First Amendment.”
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