Since becoming engaged to England’s second prince, it was only a matter of time before everything Meghan Markle has ever said and done was analysed.
Including past interviews.
One in particular that she gave on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson has been getting a lot of attention online recently – but not because of Meghan.
Instead, the host, Craig, is being called out for his overly-personal comments, his leering attitude and shameless flirting with the actress.
The Suits actress has barely sat down when he immediately tells her how ‘sensational’ she looks before commenting on how smooth her skin is.
During a joke where she says ‘pinch me,’ he goes to do it twice, before launching into an uncomfortable line of questioning about her grooming routine.
‘What a strangely hairless body you have,’ he says. ‘You’re quite the dolphin, aren’t you? You’re absolutely hair free. Are you a competitive swimmer?’
He then reminds the audience that swimmers shave their ‘entire’ bodies to move faster through water.
Meghan laughs it off as best she can before talking about growing up on the set of Married…with Children, where her father was Director of Photography.
‘I grew up on the set every day after school for 10 years,’ she says. ‘It’s a very perverse place for a little girl who went to Catholic school no less to grow up. I’m there in my school uniform, right…’
To which he cuts her off by saying: ‘Ooh, yeah.’
As everyone reacts, he reassures the audience: ‘It’s a joke, it’s a joke…eh, kind of a joke,’ before asking her what people thought of her ‘little schoolgirl outfit’.
Things get even more cringeworthy as he tells her that his wife’s name is Megan, before putting his head in his hands.
It’s a testament to the humanitarian that she was able to keep the interview as light as she did before he ended it with a staged ‘awkward pause’ that included her sniffing his finger…for some reason.
The clip resurfaced following Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry with many commenters calling Ferguson’s remarks ‘creepy’ and an ’embarrassment’.
However, others have declared that the actress was fine with the interview style and that Ferguson was known for flirting with his female guests.
Markle has not commented on the clip and somehow we don’t think she’ll be bothering any time soon!