Jennifer Garner's letter to Meghan Markle after Archie video criticism - Insider - INSIDER
- The actress Jennifer Garner shared her support for Meghan Markle after Markle was accused of being "phony" in a new video shared for her son's birthday.
- In the video, shared on Save the Children UK's Instagram account on Wednesday, Markle reads the book "Duck! Rabbit!" to an excitable Archie.
- The author Emily Giffin said Markle "seemed so unmaternal" and criticized her for reading the book to Archie instead of having Prince Harry read it.
- Later Wednesday, Garner wrote on Instagram: "More than anything — watching you lovingly talk through the pictures while your clever Archie turns the pages — lifts all of us up and reminds us that what may seem like a duck just might turn out to be a rabbit."
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The video of Markle reading the book "Duck! Rabbit!" to Archie was posted on Save the Children UK's Instagram account on Wednesday.
Garner, an ambassador for Save the Children, said the clip, in which you can hear Harry sweetly encourage his son from behind the camera, "lifts all of us up."
"Dear Meghan and Harry, thank you for sharing your gorgeous son with the world and allowing us to join you in celebrating his first birthday," Garner wrote.
"We are humbled and grateful that you chose @savewithstories to mark this special day and in so doing — have raised the visibility of @savethechildren's work in the US and UK and have helped feed and educate children in desperate need of both," she added.
"More than anything — watching you lovingly talk through the pictures while your clever Archie turns the pages — lifts all of us up and reminds us that what may seem like a duck just might turn out to be a rabbit. Thank you for this joyful and meaningful shift in perspective."
But not everyone shared that sentiment.
Earlier Wednesday, the author Emily Giffin was criticized after accusing Markle of being fake in the video.
In screenshots of a text conversation posted on her Instagram story and published by HuffPost, Giffin, the author of "Something Borrowed," said Markle "seemed so unmaternal."
"It was uncomfortable," she wrote in another text. "She's such a phony."
HuffPost said Giffin also shared screenshots of a comment she posted on the original video on Instagram.
"Holy 'me first.' This is the Megan show. Why didn't she film and let Harry read? And why didn't she take the moment at the end to say 'he said daddy!' Because that would make it about Harry for a split second, God forbid," the author wrote.
"Also, you want privacy for your child so you put out a video (by your authorized biographer) of him ... wearing no pants?! Ooookay," she added.
Giffin's Instagram account has been made private. She later released a statement saying she was "truly sorry for that negative impact" of her posts.