‘Grade D celebrities’: Meghan and Harry no longer welcome in UK, says ‘Today’ host Karl Stefanovic

NORTH SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: After Australian TV President Ita Clare Buttrose slammed Meghan Markle for being ‘deliberately provocative’, ‘Today’ host Karl Stefanovich came out and posted a scathing takedown of the Duchess of Sussex.

It’s no secret that Karl has been brutally candid with his criticisms of the former actress in the past. And now, recently, during a live broadcast with Nine reporter Tracy Waugh in Manchester, where Prince Harry and his wife are due to attend a youth summit this week, he slightly misquoted the chairman of the ABC, Buttrose.

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“Ita Buttrose said they became D-grade celebrities. That’s pretty much it, isn’t it?” he asked Tracey Waugh.

“Well, we’ve heard locally here too, guys, that some people are saying they’re not welcome here,” she replied. “There’s a real divide in this support for Prince Harry and Meghan, so we’ll see how tomorrow unfolds.”

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Before the royal couple, Prince Harry and Meghan travel to Germany to mark the one-year countdown to the next Invictus Games which took place shortly after Meghan sparked a media storm in an interview with The Cut magazine, the couple flew to the United Kingdom where they will take part in two charity events.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the 2021 Salute To Freedom Gala at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on November 10, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Buttrose’s direct assessment of Meghan during an appearance on her former Studio 10 show, where the subject of her controversial interview came up last week, drew criticism from Stefanovic.

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Buttrose had not called Meghan a “grade D celebrity”.

“Good luck to her,” Buttrose told his former co-host Sarah Harris. “I don’t mean to be mean, but she’s just a celebrity. There’s nothing wrong with being a celebrity, but she’s one of many – when once she was a princess of the kingdom. [Now] she talks about her business of being a celebrity.

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Buttrose further pointed out that due to their diminishing royal status, the couple were continually trying to “stand out in the crowd” of other celebrities.

“They don’t have the royal family to fall back on. [anymore]said Buttrose. “So they have to make every interview count. So because of the other plans she has – you know, the books, the movies, whatever – she wants to make sure she stands out in the crowd. So she makes provocative statements,” she added.

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