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The front cover of the latest issue of the French satirical magazine shows a headline that says “Why Meghan left Buckingham…”, with her replying “because I couldn’t breathe anymore” when translated into English. It comes days after Meghan claimed a member of the Royal Family made a racist comment about her son Archie’s skin during her bombshell interview with Oprah. It has since emerged that it was not the Queen or Prince Philip who made the comment.

Mr Floyd’s death sparked backlash around the world last May when Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

His death resulted in Black Lives Matter protests taking place around the world.

Dr Halima Begum, the CEO of anti-racism think tank the Runnymede Trust, said the image of the Queen and Meghan was ‘wrong on every level’.

She tweeted: “#CharlieHebdo, this is wrong on every level. The Queen as #GeorgeFloyd’s murderer crushing Meghan’s neck? #Meghan saying she’s unable to breathe? This doesnt push boundaries, make anyone laugh or challenge #racism. It demeans the issues & causes offence, across the board.”

Charlie Hebdo sparked fury after featuring a picture of the Queen kneeling on Meghan Markle's neck

Charlie Hebdo sparked fury after featuring a picture of the Queen kneeling on Meghan Markle’s neck (Image: GETTY/CHARLIE HEBDO)

Campaign group Windrush Anchor posted: “A poor and ill-conceived response from #CharlieHebdo which if anything inflames the issue. This brand of simplistic satire has no place in the fight against racism. Utterly appalling and deeply saddening.”

Other people were quick to share their shock at the cover on social media.

One person wrote on Twitter: “Absolutely disgusting.”

Another added: “Words cannot describe just how disgusting I found that Charlie Hebdo cover.”

A third person said: “To make light of George Floyd’s murder like this is absolutely disgusting and can’t be ignored.”

Meghan and Harry made explosive claims about the Royal Family during their Oprah interview

Meghan and Harry made explosive claims about the Royal Family during their Oprah interview (Image: CBS)

Meghan, whose mother is Black and father is white, said her son Archie, who turns two in May, had been denied the title of prince because there were concerns within the royal family “about how dark his skin might be when he’s born”.

Oprah asked Meghan: “Do you think it’s because of his race? I know that’s a loaded question.”

Meghan replied: “I can give you an honest answer.

“In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we (had) the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title.

“And also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”

Harry also said in the interview he did not know where to turn when he was faced with critical media coverage and felt hurt when his family failed to call out racist reporting.

He claimed the Royal Family had an unhealthy silent agreement with the British tabloids and that the family was paranoid about the media turning on them.

Harry said: “There is a level of control by fear that has existed for generations.”

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Buckingham Palace issued a statement last week saying that issues raised in the interview, including the allegation of racism, were “concerning”, and said that the matter would be dealt with privately.

Prince William also denied his family were racist when he was asked during a visit to a school in east London earlier this week.

Charlie Hebdo has sparked anger in the past with its satirical cartoons.

In January 2015, the magazine published images of the prophet Muhammad, which resulted in 12 people dying in a terror attack.

Meghan and Harry moved to the US after stepping down as senior royals last year

Meghan and Harry moved to the US after stepping down as senior royals last year (Image: EXPRESS)

Brothers Saad and Cherif Kouachi armed with Kalashnikovs attacked the magazine’s Paris headquarters.

They were seen shouting “the prophet is avenged” as they stormed the offices.

They claimed the publication used blasphemy to stir up hatred against Muslims around the world.

Mr Floyd’s death was in the news again this week after the city of Minneapolis agreed to pay $27 million to settle a lawsuit by his family over his death in police custody.

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Floyd family, said afterwards that the agreement was the largest pre-trial settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit in US history.

He added the settlement will mark a turning point as it will show a black person’s death at the hands of police “will no longer be written off as trivial, unimportant or unworthy of consequences.”.

His sister Bridgett Floyd said in a statement that the family were “pleased that this part of our tragic journey to justice for my brother George is resolved”.

She added: “While our hearts are broken, we are comforted in knowing that even in death, George Floyd showed the world how to live.”

Chauvin was fired by the police force after the incident and trial began earlier this week in Hennepin County’s district court on charges of murder and manslaughter.

He pleaded not guilty and said he correctly followed his police training.

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