Jameela Jamil is setting the record straight on her relationship with Meghan Markle.
The Good Place star shared a headline from U.K. outlet the Daily Express, stating that she was quarantining with Meghan and Prince Harry at their new Santa Barbara home.
"I’ve met this woman once ever," Jamil said on Instagram. "Best friends now living together during lockdown?!"
The actress, 34, continued that she and her family have been "harassed" after she condemned the U.K. media's "racist" coverage of the Duchess of Sussex, 39.
"Now they are hyperbolizing some relationship they have decided I have with her to make it seem as if i am saying these things out of 'loyalty' rather than because it’s right to call out misogyny and racism when you see it because an attack against her, is an attack on all WOC/Black women," she continued. "She’s the symbol of hope and power to be deconstructed before any of us get any delusions of grandeur."
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I’ve met this woman once ever. Best friends now living together during lockdown?! Since the first time I spoke out against the UK (mostly tabloid) media over their racist behavior towards her, I’ve been subjected to press harassment, my family started being harassed and offered money for dirt on me within a week of my first tweet in defense of her. What has followed has been a plethora of lies and rumors about me, set up to discredit me as an individual and convince people I am “crazy” to devalue my opinion to anyone who may realize I am right. Now they are hyperbolizing some relationship they have decided I have with her to make it seem as if i am saying these things out of “loyalty” rather than because it’s right to call out misogyny and racism when you see it because an attack against her, is an attack on all WOC/Black women. She’s the symbol of hope and power to be deconstructed before any of us get any delusions of grandeur. As someone who used to believe what I read in the papers, seeing how this machine works from the inside is truly extraordinary. Keep this in mind when you read about her, me or really any woman in media. Especially if she has any colour to her skin. It’s almost as if they don’t have something important to talk about… like a pandemic, global economic crisis, climate disaster, political unrest….
Jamil ended her caption: "It's almost as if they don’t have something important to talk about… like a pandemic, global economic crisis, climate disaster, political unrest…."
Jamil most recently supported Meghan after the mother of one encouraged people to vote in the upcoming U.S. election, sparking backlash. Jamil tweeted that the royal family "may be more embarrassed" by Prince Andrew following accusations of a sexual encounter with an underage woman and his ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
"I *THINK* they may be more embarrassed by their alleged resident pedo Andrew who was besties with a sex trafficker, than an American supporting women voting in her own country, and loosely referencing the importance of general democracy which is being threatened here currently," she said.
Jamil also responded to a fan's question asking why people want to "hate" Meghan.
"Because she’s not white," she said. "And because she’s smart, strong, opinionated, rebellious, beautiful, happy and has everything they never will. She’s a terrifying threat to patriarchy because she doesn’t fit the stereotype for women. They discredit her because they can’t kill her."
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Meghan handpicked Jamil to be part of the 2019 September issue of British Vogue, which the Duchess guest-edited.
"She explained that she’d guest-edited the issue, and apologized that the whole thing had been shrouded in so much secrecy," Jamil told Grazia. "She said she had chosen to feature me because she’d seen what I had been doing and was a fan. To know that she had followed my work with I Weigh meant a lot."
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