The controversial publication used the caricature on the cover of this week’s issue with a headline that says “Why Meghan left Buckingham….” and her replying “because I couldn’t breathe anymore” when translated into English.

WARNING DISTURBING IMAGE: The controversial publication has sparked outrage again with its latest edition, which features a disturbing caricature of the Queen that recreates Mr Floyd’s death at the hands of a police officer.

By Lorraine King

The publication, which has faced scrutiny before for its controversial drawings, has sparked outrage again just days after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed they experienced open racism from family members and staff in the royal family.

The image appears to be replicating the horrifying death of George Floyd who died after police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes , despite Floyd’s desperate pleas for help crying, ‘I can’t breathe’.

The latest cartoon on the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo’s front page titled ‘Why Meghan quit Buckingham’ depicts the Queen kneeling on Meghan Markle’s neck as the Duchess says ‘because I couldn’t breathe anymore’, drawing comparisons to the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last May

Activists and campaigners have taken to Twitter to share their disgust at the latest Charlie Hebdo cartoon, branding it ‘appalling’ and ‘wrong’ 

The publication comes days after Meghan Markle made racism claims in the Royal family during her bombshell interview, alongside Prince Harry, with Oprah Winfrey.

The couple claimed an unnamed royal had made remarks about son Archie’s skin colour before he was born, sparking crisis talks at Buckingham Palace. It has since emerged that it was not the Queen or Prince Philip who made the comment.

On Tuesday Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying that issues raised in the interview, including the allegation of racism, were “concerning”, and said the matter would be dealt with privately.

Prince William subsequently denied his family were racist when he was asked during a visit to a school in east London earlier this week.

The image of the Queen kneeling on Meghan’s neck comes after Mr Floyd died in May last year when Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

On Friday it was revealed his family will receive $27million payout to settle a lawsuit over his death and a jury has been selected for the start of his trial this week.




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