KEY POINTS

  • Twitter users poked fun at the calls for a boycott of the British royal family following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview
  • The hashtag #AbolishTheMonarchy was a trending topic on Twitter following their sit-down with Oprah Winfrey
  • Markle claimed some members of the royal family raised "concerns" over the potential skin color of their child

Calls for a boycott of the British royal family following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's allegations of racism in the palace were met with mockery on social media following the Sussexes' bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

TMZ reported Tuesday that Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi said people should stop supporting and turn their backs on the royals because they don't value Black lives. This came after Markle revealed that some members of the royal family raised "concerns" over the potential skin color of their first child while she was pregnant.

Tometi didn’t detail how to go about boycotting the monarchy in the report, resulting in some Twitter users poking fun at the statement.

"Well, Opal, they’ve been in business since the Romans left,1,700 years ago, so I don’t think your boycott threat is of much concern to them. Dig yourself, Girl! You’re out of your league," one Twitter user wrote.

"What does a boycott of the Royal Family actually involve? No trade in tea towels? Restricted visiting hours in Buckingham Palace?" another wrote of Markle's racism claims.

"Good idea. I'll boycott them too. I will no longer drink tea from my Charles and Di commemorative mug. If we all stop using royal memorabilia, we'll defeat the heartless bastards," David Moore wrote.

Another joked, "I will no longer have anything to do with the Royal Family! Next invite I get, I’m turning it down!"

One person said there was no need for a boycott, writing, "How? How do I boycott the royal family? I have nothing to do with them and they have nothing to do with me. We couldn’t be more disconnected."

But while some poked fun at the calls for a royal boycott, the hashtag #AbolishTheMonarchy also trended on Twitter following Prince Harry and Markle's interview, with many social media users saying the problematic way they were treated was a reason why the monarchy should no longer be an institution within the U.K.

"It is 2021, Time to end monarchy! is NOW! They are useless, yet racists, waste public money living in absolute comfort while regular Britons suffer in so many ways," one tweeted.

"The #HarryandMeghan story is not about privileged whiners. It is about racism. #EndRacism #AbolishTheMonarchy," another added.

Wrote another, "#AbolishTheMonarchy trending. Hardly a surprise. But we shld have a serious conversation about growing up in this country. Monarchy and House of Lords, need to go. I know this is difficult because of tradition, but until they go, there is little chance of dealing with unfairness."

During Prince Harry and Markle's interview with Winfrey, the duchess shared that some members of the royal family had "concerns and conversations about how dark his [Archie] skin might be when he was born." The duchess did not reveal the names of these royals, saying she knew "that would be very damaging to them."

However, Winfrey said Prince Harry told her neither his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, nor his grandfather, Prince Philip, had been involved in these talks. The duke also confirmed that racism was "a large part" of why his family left the U.K.

Meghan Markle says the British royal family is 'perpetuating falsehoods' about her and her husband, prince Harry Meghan Markle says the British royal family is 'perpetuating falsehoods' about her and her husband, prince Harry Photo: AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS