French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is facing backlash over the cover of its latest issue, which depicts Queen Elizabeth II kneeling on the neck of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in reference to the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.
The front-page cartoon published Saturday shows an evil-looking Elizabeth kneeling on the neck of the Duchess of Sussex under the title “Why Meghan quit.” Meghan is shown saying, “Because I couldn’t breathe anymore!”
Pourquoi Meghan a quitté Buckingham ?
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En vente demain ! pic.twitter.com/X7hJHKHPDx
— Charlie Hebdo (@Charlie_Hebdo_) March 9, 2021
The image and phrases are references to the police killing of George Floyd in May.
Floyd, a Black man, died last year after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest, in which Floyd’s last words were “I can’t breathe.” Video of the incident kicked off a racial reckoning in the U.S. and sparked widespread protests against racial injustice and police brutality that reached around the world.
The cartoon was the provocative magazine’s response to last week’s interview Meghan and Prince Harry did with Oprah Winfrey.