Meghan Markle spoke about her visit to the memorial at Robb Elementary School after a tragic mass shooting that killed 21, while some fans continue to criticize the Duchess of Sussex
The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has been accused of using the tragic shooting in Texas for her “own PR gain”.
She was visiting the memorial after 18-year-old killer Salvador Ramos was shot dead at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, after 19 children and two adults tragically died.
Ramos barricaded himself in the school and died in a shootout with border guards.
Officials said all of the victims were in the same fourth-grade classroom.
Ramos shot his grandmother before he went to school, sparking an “active shooting incident” as 21 people died in the primary school shooting.
Meghan made a surprise visit to the site Thursday afternoon, and an Archewell spokesman said it was important for Meghan as a mother to make the trip, offer her condolences and support the Texas community
The mother-of-two was spotted in a gray T-shirt, jeans and a black baseball cap on Thursday (May 26) as she placed a bouquet of white roses outside the gates of the Uvalde County Courthouse.
Shortly after photos of her were posted at the memorial, critics on social media began to question her motives, including US political strategist Arthur Schwartz, who wrote: “Hello grieving people of Uvalde. Thank you for this opportunity to do this about me.”
Royal critic Daniela Elser has now launched a devastating attack on the Royals.
She wrote for news.com.au that Meghan’s presence raised “awkward questions”.
She wrote: “Let me say, I have no doubt that, like millions of other people in the United States and around the world, her heart aches at the thought of such an unspeakable loss.
“What’s not up for debate is how real or how strong her feelings might be here — not at all.
“But what’s deeply problematic is that this trip looks horribly like an attempt to cash in on an unimaginable tragedy for its own PR gain.
“The biggest question here is what Meghan thought would happen when she showed up in Texas? “She’s anything but a baby in the woods when it comes to understanding how the press works, and she must surely have known that her appearance in a small Texas town always causes a media storm and proves a major distraction would of the bigger problems in the game.
“So why go? What did she think she could achieve if she went there?
“This was not a moment where Meghan’s presence could help highlight an overlooked issue or bring national media attention to a forgotten community.”
Elser has been criticized for her comments on social media, with many asking what she herself “did” for the mourners in Uvalde.
A spokesman for Meghan has been contacted for comment.
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