NORTH SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: After Australian TV network chairperson Ita Clare Buttrose slammed Meghan Markle for being “deliberately provocative”, ‘Today’ host Karl Stefanovich came out and issued a scathing take-down of the Duchess of Sussex.
It’s no secret that Karl has been brutely outspoken with his criticism of the former actress in the past. And now, recently during a live broadcast cross to Nine reporter Tracy Waugh in Manchester, where Prince Harry and his wife are due to attend a youth summit this week, he slightly misquoted ABC chair Buttrose.
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“Ita Buttrose said they’ve turned into D-grade celebrities. That’s about right, isn’t it?” he asked Tracey Waugh.
“Well, we’ve been hearing locally here as well, guys, that some people say they’re not welcome here,” she responded. “There’s a real divide in that support for Prince Harry and Meghan, so we’ll see how tomorrow pans out.”
Before the royal couple, Prince Harry and Meghan head to Germany to mark the one-year countdown until the next Invictus Games that came shortly after Meghan sparked a media storm in an interview with The Cut magazine, the couple flew to the United Kingdom where they will attend two charity events.
Buttrose’s blunt assessment of Meghan during an appearance on her former show Studio 10, where the topic of her controversial interview was raised last week, prompted Stefanovic’s criticism.
Buttrose hadn’t called Meghan a ‘D-grade celebrity’.
“Good luck to her,” Buttrose told her former co-host Sarah Harris. “I don’t want to, be unkind, but she’s just a celebrity. There’s nothing wrong with being a celebrity, but she’s one of many – whereas once, she was a princess of the realm. [Now] she goes on about her business of being a celebrity.”
Buttrose further pinpointed that due to their diminishing royal status, the couple was on continuously trying to “stand out in the crowd” of other celebrities.
“They don’t have the royal family to fall back on [anymore],” Buttrose said. “So they have to make every interview count. So, because of the other plans, she’s got – you know, the books, the movies, whatever – she wants to make sure she stands out in a crowd. So she makes provocative statements,” she added.