Harry and Meghan Under Fire Over Deal With Cosmetics Firm | 22 Words

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are, yet again, facing a lot of heat over their recent deal with a U.S cosmetics firm...

Because the firm reportedly makes tens of millions of dollars a year selling "racist" creams.

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Can the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do anything right at the moment?

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Now, Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah will be a hot talking point for a long time.

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Following their controversial departure from the British monarchy, the former royals sat down with Oprah earlier in the month to give their side of the story.

Their 2-hour-long interview aired on CBS on Sunday, March 7th...

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And viewers watched on in shock as some mind-blowing allegations were made against the monarchy.

For example...

It was claimed that senior members of the family had refused to get Meghan professional help when she was experiencing suicidal thoughts during her pregnancy with Archie.

She also addressed the ongoing issues of racism within the monarchy.

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Meghan claimed an unnamed senior member of the Royal family raised "concerns" about how dark Archie's skin would be before his birth.

"In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we have in tandem the conversation of, 'you won't be given security, not gonna be given a title' and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."

But Meghan wasn't the only one to spill the royal tea.

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Prince Harry himself spoke candidly about his current relationship with his family and how he has been "financially cut off," which initially left him fearing for the future.

Harry explained that he "had to get out," though when he did he was "cut off financially" when he and Meghan needed help the most...

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He also added that they've since been relying on his inheritance from Princess Diana.

"I was totally cut off financially. My family cut me off – if I didn't have what my mom left me, we wouldn't have been able to do this."

"All I wanted to do was keep my family safe."

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Meghan then insisted that they never had any plans at first to quit the U.K - she said the intention was to "do this forever" and that she told the royal family to "use me as much as you like."

Later in the interview, Oprah asked how the prince thinks the late Princess Diana would have felt about the rifts that drove them to step back from the royal family.

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"I think she would feel very angry with how this has panned out, and very sad," Harry said, "But ultimately, all she'd ever want is for us to be happy."

Quite predictably, opinion has been well and truly divided over the interview...

With a vast majority feeling sympathetic for Harry and Meghan over what they've allegedly endured in the last few years.

But on the other hand...

People have been slamming the pair for agreeing to take part in Oprah's interview and have even been brandishing them as "liars"... including Piers Morgan, who actually resigned from his job on Good Morning Britain after bosses ordered him to apologize for saying he didn't believe Meghan's mental health claims.

The backlash has been vicious, to say the least...

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Sky News reported that a survey conducted amongst 1,664 British respondents found that forty-eight percent had a more negative view of Prince Harry following the interview, while only thirty-one percent had a positive opinion on Meghan.

Ouch.

And since the interview aired, the couple can't do anything right in the eyes of the media.

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Whether they're being slammed for continuing to use their royal titles or being criticized over multi-million dollar Netflix and Spotify deals... they just can't seem to catch a break!

And as for the most recent controversy?

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Well, the couple is facing very hot waters at the moment over a recent partnership and multi-million dollar deal with U.S cosmetics firm, Procter & Gamble.

P&G is well known for selling a range of skin-lightening creams in Asia and Africa - something that has certainly ruffled a few feathers over the years.

People have been pointing out the numerous ethical issues surrounding P&G...

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And they have also been questioning Harry and Meghan's intentions with the partnership, as well as criticising them for "not doing their research" into brands they choose to sign deals with.

But on the other hand, many have jumped to the couple's defense...

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And have insisted that there is nothing wrong with their new partnership.

Meghan and Harry last week announced their Archewell Foundation had signed a "global partnership" with P&G to "build more compassionate communities."

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"Based on shared values, the partnership will focus on gender equality, more inclusive online spaces, and resilience and impact through sport. It will build on joint aspirations, most recently demonstrated by our work together in support of Global Citizen's VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World, an event that inspired vaccine confidence worldwide and mobilized more than $300 million in the push for greater global access to COVID-19 vaccines," a statement on the Archewell website reads.

But instead of focusing on the positives, people have been distracted by P&G's hugely controversial sale in Asia and Africa of skin-lightening creams.

An investigation by The Mail on Sunday found that Olay – a major P&G skincare brand – sells White Radiance moisturizers in India, Malaysia, and Singapore.

In India, the product is said to lighten skin tone and deliver "radiant and brighter skin."

In the Philippines, P&G sells Olay White Radiance Light Perfecting Essence, which "inhibits melanin formation in the deepest layer of skin."

In Lagos, Nigeria, an MoS reporter last week bought Olay Natural White cream, which promises "pinkish fairness."

Alex Malouf, a former P&G executive, said Meghan and Harry will come under pressure to say whether they support the sale of such products.

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"Meghan has talked a lot about the issue of race and racism, so this does stick out like a sore thumb."

What do you think about the couple's partnership with P&G?

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Do you think they should have known better than to sign a deal with a firm that is known to promote skin-whitening products and is notorious with its ethics? Or do you think its completely harmless?