On MSNBC Live on Saturday, Royals Watcher Victoria Mather, the chief travel correspondent for Air Mail and former travel editor of Vanity Fair, said that what bothers many Brits about Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry, is they view her as "five clicks up from trailer trash," a woman who "actually tried to disrespect the queen."
As soon as Mather made those comments, MSNBC anchor Lindsey Reiser expressed visible concern, interrupted Mather, and then quickly ended the interview. Mather, who also is a columnist for the Sunday Telegraph, is the author of seven books based on her columns, four of which were best sellers.
While commenting on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who have decided to effectively abandon their royal roles in England and relocate to Canada and California, Mather explained the apparent tension between Markle and Kate Middleton. The latter is the Duchess of Cambridge and potential heiress to the queen's throne if her husband, Prince William, one day becomes king.
“So, I don’t think Meghan Markle wanted to spend the rest of her life looking at Kate Middleton’s back, as she sat in the second row to the future queen," said Mather. "I do hear that she gave Kate a knife for Christmas, which is quite something, isn’t it?"
"I don’t think she wanted to be second best, and I don’t think she got that this is what the fusty dusty protocol of the royal family consist of," said Mather. "It is a matter of precedence. It may all fall apart, become very different when the queen dies."
Mather continued, “I think what has really, really upset the British public is that Meghan Markle, who many people consider as only, you know, five clicks up from trailer trash, has actually tried to disrespect the queen. And the queen is the most respected person, most respected woman, in the world.”
MSNBC Live anchor Lindsey Reiser then interrupted Mather, saying, “Victoria Mather, we should mention that NBC News has not confirmed what you had mentioned about a knife-gifting. But we thank you for your time. Thanks for joining us this morning.”
Apparently, British journalists who cover the royal family are not allowed to criticize the notoriously liberal Meghan Markle too much on MSNBC.
In a September 2019 piece for Air Mail, Mather wrote, "As for the reported feud between the duchesses, that was a story waiting to happen. Catherine [Kate] comes from a stable, close-knit family. Meghan comes from a sadly dysfunctional family, leading to her being unpleasantly trolled as trailer trash."