Tuesday 13 November 2018

Meghan Markle drawn into an online abortion row by Irish Senator

The duchess dazzled in an emerald green Givenchy dress as she arrived in Ireland (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
The duchess dazzled in an emerald green Givenchy dress as she arrived in Ireland (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Ian Begley

Meghan Markle has been drawn into an online abortion row by Senator Catherine Noone.

Ms Markle and Britain's Prince Harry arrived in Dublin on Tuesday for their first official overseas trip as a married couple.

The newlyweds attended a garden reception at Glencairn, where Senator Noone was among the 300 guests.

The Fine Gael Senator sparked controversy when she tweeted about how she and Meghan Markle discussed the referendum on abortion when she met the royals at a reception yesterday evening.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at Government Buildings, Merrion Street greeted by Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D. An Taoiseach
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at Government Buildings, Merrion Street greeted by Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D. An Taoiseach
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, arrive at Dublin Airport Picture: Gerry Mooney
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the British Ambassador’s Residence
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman at the Garden Party for the Royal Visit in Glencairn, the British Ambassador’s Residence
Vicky Phelan at the Garden Party for the Royal Visit in Glencairn, the British Ambassador’s Residence
10/07/18. NO FEE. NO REPRO FEE. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY. Picture shows H.R.H. The Duke of Sussex and H.R.H. The Duchess of Sussex at the Government Buildings, Merrion Street with Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D. An Taoiseach. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY. NO FEE.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the British Ambassador’s Residence
Britain's Prince Harry talking with Catriona Balfe, Moe Dunford and Barry Keoghan at the Garden Party in Glencairn
Vicky Phelan attends a Summer Party at the British Ambassador's residence at Glencairn House, during a visit to Dublin, Ireland Photo Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Amy Huberman and Lucy Kennedy at the Garden Party for the Royal Visit in Glencairn, the British Ambassador’s Residence
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the British Ambassador’s Residence
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend a Summer Party at the British Ambassador's residence at Glencairn House, during a visit to Dublin
10/07/18. NO FEE. NO REPRO FEE. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY. Picture shows H.R.H. The Duke of Sussex and H.R.H. The Duchess of Sussex at the Government Buildings, Merrion Street with Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D. An Taoiseach. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY. NO FEE.
Prince Harry talking with Amy Huberman, Aisling Bea and Lucy Kennedy at the Garden Party in Glencairn
Prince Harry talking with Ruby Walsh and Brian O’Driscoll at the Garden Party in Glencairn
Meghan Markle at Dublin Airport. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the airport for a two-day visit to Dublin, Ireland REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
10/07/18. NO FEE. NO REPRO FEE. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY. Picture shows H.R.H. The Duke of Sussex at the Government Buildings, Merrion Street with Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D. An Taoiseach. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY. NO FEE.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, arrive at Dublin Airport Picture: Gerry Mooney

“A pleasure to meet Prince Harry & the Duchess of Sussex at the British Ambassador’s Residence this evening,” she wrote.

“The Duchess & I had a chat about the recent referendum result. She watched with interest & was pleased to see the result.”

Senator Catherine Noone. Picture: Collins
Senator Catherine Noone. Picture: Collins

Some online critics claimed that the former Suits actress had breached royal protocol which prevents them from expressing political views.

Ms Noone denied this, she admitted that the tweet was ill-judged and promptly deleted it.

She told Independent.ie: “I deleted it because it was unintentionally misleading – the Duchess was not in any way political.”

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