It’s been quite a week for Harry and Meghan! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced this week that they’re going to take a “step back” as senior members of the Royal family. This means they basically broke up with the business and it’s been all messy since. The Queen issued a statement that it’s complicated; the media has been saying everyone is upset in the Royal family, and no one knew this was coming out. People had their own opinions on the actions of the Sussexes, and now the Wax Figure empire, Madame Tussauds is somehow getting in on the controversy. The museum got rid of the Harry and Megan wax figures, and their statement about it was really weird.
The museum is famous for its wax figurines that are doppelgangers of famous people. A whole lot of celebrities have their likeness in the museum and it’s seen as a nod to people who are worthy enough. Madame Tussauds has wax figurines of the senior members of the Royal family. This includes Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Philip, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and up until a few days ago, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were there, too.
On January 9th, the day after the announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were going to do their own thing, Madame Tussauds official Twitter account shares, “We’ve got to respect their wishes,” along with the salty shrug emoji and hashtag #Megxit.
— Madame Tussauds London (@MadameTussauds) January 9, 2020
In the photo accompanying the tweet, the wax figurines of Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Philip and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can be seen, but there’s no sight of Harry and Meghan anymore. And they used to be there.
People were quick to jump on the company, accusing them of using a racist hashtag, and this isn’t the first time the company has been under similar fire.
Shame on you!!
Using a racist hashtag to place blame on one member of a couple for a mutual life decision.
You’re gross af.
— Kassandra Seven (@KassandraSeven) January 9, 2020
Not this passive aggressive, racist hashtag
— ✨ Δslı (@AsliYonce) January 9, 2020
Why wasn't Prince Philip removed when he retired from public duties? He is no longer seen in public, if you are removing the Sussexes for their desire for a bit more privacy, I think you should do the same for the retired prince. But I guess that wouldn't be white of you.
— ChiLanta (@ChiLanta_180) January 9, 2020
Back in 2015, singer Nicki Minaj received a wax figure statue at the Madame Tussauds Museum and it didn’t take long for the public and other celebrities to call it out. Azealia Banks called the company out on Twitter writing, “As much as that woman has accomplished, they had to put her on all fours… Why not stand her up with a mic in her hand?”
The same figure was back in the news just days ago, with people continuing to call it out as racist after it was unveiled in their Berlin museum.
the new Nicki Minaj wax figure in Berlin isn't…great… 😅 pic.twitter.com/zKNythVOMo
— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) January 7, 2020
I don’t know how but that Nicki Minaj wax figure is absolutely racism. 😭 pic.twitter.com/qFjk89wyRn
— STIMMY NEUTRON (@drewscotty) January 7, 2020
I can’t stand Nicki… but that wax figure was straight disrespectful 💀💀
— Khalid (@bigkhalidd) January 7, 2020
Similar things were said when the famous museum showcased its first Beyoncé wax figure. The public was calling it out because they totally flopped on her skin color. “It’s a good thing you’re not talking about *Beyoncé. cause this white woman is definitely not her,” wrote one disappointed observer according to TheWrap.com.
It’s clear that there will still be a lot of hurt feelings regarding the decision Harry and Meghan Markle made this week by both the Royal family and the public. And this isn’t the first time we’ve seen straight-up racism being thrown at this couple.
According to CBC, Meghan Markle has now left the UK and is back in Canada, where her son Archie has been staying while the couple went back to the UK after 6-week stay in Canada during the holiday. The two shared in their initial announcement that they’re going to “balance their time between the United Kingdom and North America,” and she’s previously shared how comfortable she feels in Canada.
With all the media attention on these two right now, it’s no wonder she wants to lay low and avoid all the cruel things people are saying.