Bethenny Frankel criticizes Meghan Markle for being ‘pure’ and compares her to a Bravo housewife

  • Bethenny Frankel described Meghan Markle as “self-important” and “pure” in her podcast.
  • The former Rooney star also said that Markle was like a “unconnectable” Bravo housewife.
  • The last time Frankel criticized the Duchess of Sussex was in 2021 and said she was on the verge of “cancellation” because of it.

Bethenny Frankel criticized Meghan Markle for being “pure” and “self-important” in a new episode of the podcast “Just B with Bethenny Frankel” on Thursday.

In the episode titled “The Real Housewife of Buckingham Palace,” the Skinny Girl Foundation spoke at length about her belief that the Duchess of Sussex, who recently launched her new podcast, Archetypes, is a “polarizing” character and why some people may not like her.

“People don’t like Meghan Markle because I think she’s talking to other people. I think she’s pure,” Frankel, 51, said. “It’s over there, we’re down here.”

Meghan Markle wears a white jacket

Meghan Markle attends the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands on April 17, 2022.

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Frankel, who left “The Real Housewives of New York” in 2019, compared Markle to a Bravo housewife.

“She’s a lot like a housewife in that she can’t stop talking about the very thing she wants to be irrelevant to. If she was on the show, the producers would say stop talking about security and the condition of Frogmore Cottage,” he said. “It’s irrelevant. Most people don’t have security details, so while this might be a real concern for you, it’s not something that will be shown to this audience.”

After 11 minutes of the podcast, Frankel doubled down on her comments and said Markle’s “balanced” way of speaking is her “imitation” of Princess Diana. She referenced the second episode of Markle’s podcast, which featured Mariah Carey discussing the word “Diva” and the negative connotations surrounding it.

“Being aghast at the word Deva. Who do you call?” Frankel said.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during Trooping the Color 2019.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during Trooping the Color 2019.

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This isn’t the first time Frankl has shared her views on the Duchess of Sussex. In 2021, she tweeted “Cry me a river” in reference to Buckingham Palace’s investigation into Markle’s allegations of staff intimidation, for which Frankl later apologized.

In June, the Sunday Times reported that Buckingham Palace would not release the results of an investigation into bullying to protect the privacy of those involved and reduce tension between Sussex Palace and the palace. When the allegations first surfaced in March 2021, Markle’s representatives denied them and said they were a “calculated defamation campaign based on misleading and harmful information.”

In the new episode of her podcast, Frankel said she was on the verge of “canceling” due to her tweet about allegations of bullying and claimed that at the time, an unnamed celebrity who appeared to be related to Markle and Prince Harry asked her to remove it.

“I had an A-list celebrity, a very wealthy person, call me when I commented on Meghan Markle before interviewing Oprah and said, ‘Can you please remove what I said they could barely stand at Frogmore Cottage and she said, ‘They can’t’ bear the costs of their security.”

Harry and Markle gave up their right to publicly funded police protection when they resigned from their royal duties in April 2020. In September 2021, the Prince appealed for judicial review of a government decision that would prevent him personally from paying for police protection while in the UK.

Statement from the representatives of the spouses Shared by Omid Scobie In June, the Sussex family said they had privately funded a security team for their family.

Representatives for Frankel and Markle did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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