A U.K. women’s organization’s attempts to praise Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, as a symbol of fortitude has instead once again given Markle’s detractors a reason to criticize her.
A social media uproar erupted Sunday and Monday around a tweet, which the organization has since apologized for, falsely attributing an uplifting quote about human perseverance to Markle, instead of to its true author, the poet E.E. Cummings.
It’s not clear how the wrong attribution occurred, whether Meghan had ever taken credit for the quote, or where she was even an involved party, but the tweet from the Women’s Organization sparked a new round of online discussion among the duchess’ critics about whether she has ever lifted ideas or words from other people, then passed them off as her own.
The tweet shows a photo of Meghan in a white Dior suit and matching hat, attending the June 3 thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.
The photo was accompanied by the quote: “To be nobody but yourself in the world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” The caption credited the quote to “Meghan Markle.”
Several hours after the tweet was posted, the organization retweeted it with an apology and clarification, that said, “We apologize, as…