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Prince Harry, 38, and Meghan Markle, 41, are now in "uncharted territory" as more and more celebrities take it in turn to ridicule the couple, a Royal Family expert has reasoned.
Australian actress Rebel Wilson and US comedian Chris Rock have both had recent pops at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who were also mocked during a spoof episode of cutting American cartoon comedy sitcom South Park last month.
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And, while Harry and Meghan are used to facing media criticism, Jo Elvin – editor of the Mail on Sunday's You Magazine and the host of the Palace Confidential podcast – believes being the butt of celebs' jokes is a whole new ball game and could hurt the Sussexes more.
Ms Elvin said: "They might be used to media criticism, but this criticism, from celebrities, is quite uncharted territory isn't it? This is other celebrities having a pop at them."
In response, the Daily Mail's Diary Editor Richard Eden agreed, adding: "They will struggle to be amused by this, particularly the Chris Rock bit will hurt them. They prided themselves on relations with the black community, they got involved with Black Lives Matter.
"They were very, very proud of the civil rights award they received from the NAACP. It was in their Netflix series.
"To have Chris Rock and an audience that was largely black laugh at them, I think it will go down badly with them."
Ms Elvin then noted: "It will smart a little bit."
Rock ripped into Meghan in his newly-released Netflix show Selective Outrage.
He voiced his frustration at some of the allegations the Duchess has made against the Royal Family since she and her husband stepped down from their official duties in 2020.
The comedian also challenged Meghan's claims that she had never researched her husband or his family before entering the royal fold.
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Rock said: "It’s the Royal Family. You didn’t Google these motherf******?
"What the f*** is she talking about, 'She didn’t know?' That’s like marrying into the Budweiser family and going, 'They drink a lot'."
PR guru Matt Yanofsky, meanwhile, told the Mirror that "Meghan and Harry are no longer untouchable in the US", arguing that the South Park episode "ripped the Band-Aid off" for people to poke fun at the pair.
He said: "By satirising the couple, they’ve given other people permission to finally say what they think about Meghan and Harry, as we saw similarly with Chris Rock’s stand-up special."
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