Natalie Barr has broken broadcasting ranks and labelled Meghan Markle “a tosser” during an impassioned on-air rant.
The Sunrise host made the comments after the ex-royal compared herself to Nelson Mandela in a new interview with The Cut magazine.
“I couldn’t even stomach getting through the whole article,” she told co-hosts David Koch and Edwina Bartholomew.
“I think in Australia we’d say she’s just full of it. She’s a tosser. She’s a total tosser! That’s how we would describe her. I just can’t … the way she speaks.”
In the interview, Meghan claimed a Lion King cast member told her South Africans “danced in the street” on her wedding day just like when “Mandela was freed from prison”.
Barr’s quip comes after Today show co-host Allison Langdon made a similar jab towards the Duchess.
Langdon, co-host Karl Stefanovic and reporter Tracy Vo laughed about Meghan comments amid a string of new claims about her life inside The Firm.
“That one, I feel, is tone-deaf,” Langdon said.
Stefanovic followed up with a series of sarcastic comments about the ex-royal’s comparison.
“I think (Meghan) is probably a little misunderstood, don’t you reckon?” he joked.
“It’s hard to see how that would sit with (the royal family), especially the Mandela references.”
Meghan’s alleged exchange took place at the movie’s 2019 London premiere, months before the Duchess and husband Prince Harry’s African royal tour.
Journalist Allison Davis attempted to explain Meghan’s colourful anecdote by insisting the Duchess “knows she’s no Mandela”.
“But perhaps even telling me this story is a mode of defence because if you are a symbol for all that is good and charitable, how can anybody find you objectionable, how can anybody hate you?” she wrote.
Globally renowned Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in an island prison for opposing South Africa’s cruel apartheid regime.
Upon being released in 1990, he worked to dismantle the country’s racist governance before becoming South Africa’s first democratically elected president.
Such a grandiose comparison couldn’t help the Today hosts from continuing the gag on air.
“Yeah, I think it’s time to support her, especially after the Mandela comments,” Stefanovic sarcastically added.
“Anyone who compares themselves to Mandela, I think, is fair enough.”
Meghan’s latest interview contained more of the same grievances about the family she married into in 2018.
Readers were told of how the couple were “just existing” while living on the grounds of Windsor Castle before they quit royal life and moved to California in early 2020.