An art lecturer has been suspended after being accused of making a racist comment about Meghan Markle in front of a Cornish arts society.
Anne Anderson, 64, was about to start a lecture over Zoom called How we got Ikea: Scandinavian Design 1880-1960 with member of The Arts Society Truro on May 12 when she made a reference to “the dreaded Meghan”.
She said she was having an informal chat before the lecture when she commented on the aftermath of the Oprah Winfrey interview, saying: “You couldn’t turn the television on without some person of a colourful disposition having a moan about something.”
Dr Anderson, who is also a honorary associate professor at University of Exeter, was subsequently cleared of making racist comments but is still suspended from the Arts Society due to “inappropriate comments and conduct”.
She said it all started when she mentioned Meghan and Prince Harry’s explosive interview, which had aired a few days prior.
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She explained to a participant that she had a lecture that night and lost quite a few viewers due to the clash with the much-anticipated programme.
“That’s how the topic turned up,” she explained. “I didn’t think much of it.”
Two days later, Dr Anderson was removed from The Arts Society’s directory for using “racist” language.
“I got an email saying I was suspended and also that they had suspended my…