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'Something Borrowed' author sorry for Meghan Markle criticism, denies 'racial undertones'

Emily Giffin said the duchess appeared "phony" and "unmaternal" in a charitable video the Duchess of Sussex made with her son, Archie.
/ Source: NBC News

Romance author Emily Giffin apologized on Wednesday for criticizing and questioning the maternal skills of the Duchess of Sussex.

Giffin, who wrote the best-selling novel “Something Borrowed,” made disparaging comments on Instagram about a video of the former Meghan Markle reading a story with Archie, her son with Prince Harry who turned 1 on Wednesday. The video was for charitable organization Save the Children.

Giffin posted a text message conversation to Instagram in which she called Meghan “phony” and “unmaternal," according to screenshots posted to Twitter.

“Adorable child and book,” Giffin said in one Instagram post. “But...Holy ‘me first.’ This is the Megan show. Why didn’t she film and let Harry read?”

In her apology Wednesday, Griffin said, “I can see how some of my posts may have felt mean-spirited, and could be construed as having racial undertones. It was not my intent, but I understand that intent and impact are two very different things. And I am truly sorry for that negative impact."

The author said that she has long been interested in the British monarchy but felt bothered by how the duke and duchess handled their departure from royal life earlier this year. Giffin admitted that those feelings may have bled into subsequent posts.

Giffin also said in her message that she "absolutely loved that a biracial, American woman was marrying into the Royal Family.”