Rachel Zoe is feeling nostalgic. On October 14, the fashion designer took to Instagram and posted a throwback photo of her with the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle. Moments after she shared the post, fans slammed Rachel for dissing the royal while also using her for fame and likes. However, Rachel was quick to clap back at the harsh criticism.
In the picture posted to the 48-year-old’s account, Meghan, 38, wore an olive green colored dress while Rachel’s outfit was black and white. “A backstage moment with this episode beauty #MeghanMarkle before my fashion show during #NYFW #2013,” Rachel wrote in the caption. “I was 6 months pregnant with @kauisjagger.”
“Meghan was kind, lovely and beyond beautiful then and now,” she added.
However, fans soon accused the mom of two of trying to ride the former Suits star’s coattails. “You probably weren’t interested in her at the time!!” one person typed. “I’m sure you are now though.”
“Orrrrrrrr she was a nobody actress and you couldn't give a rip! But now that she's royalty, you'll claim it,” someone else wrote. Another user speculated, "Bet if she wasn’t married to Prince Harry you would never post this….”
Another fan took note of Rachel’s super serious facial expression in the photo. “You look disinterested,” the person wrote. However, that was when the former Fashionably Late star stepped in to defend herself. "I was pregnant and not feeling well at all." Rachel's were words enough to shame the user who later apologized and explained that she didn't mean to "offend."
Back in 2013 when the original photo was taken, Meghan — who was still working as an actress at the time — documented the meeting with Rachel on her now defunct blog The Tig and wrote about it in a piece for Glamour. "Quick change for the Rachel Zoe show. I arrive to find that my seat is taken by someone's (ahem, unconfirmed) guest," she wrote at the time. "No big deal, though. I sit across the runway in the front row and watch the most stellar and wearable collection go by. I love these pieces!"
"With my buddy Joe Zee, I meet Rachel Zoe and her lovely son. This woman is on another level of good," Meghan added, "She's so real, refreshing, and talented. Check out this picture. There's no one I would rather be photo bombed by than Skylar Rachel's son!"
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