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Dragons’ Den: Deborah Meaden’s royal snub to Jacob Rees-Mogg: ‘Queen’s far more in touch’

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The business tycoon, 62, returns to BBC screens tonight ready to grill more hopeful entrepreneurs seeking her and the other Dragons’ investment. In recent years, Meaden has drawn attention for her controversial comments online. In one Twitter post, she questioned whether Piers Morgan or Meghan Markle best-fitted the description “ego-crazed leech”.

Meaden’s post, which was liked by 46,200 people last year, was debated by the public who seemed to be split on their verdict.

One fan wrote: “Markle all day. Much as I disagree with Morgan, he doesn’t live off my tax money.”

A second tweeted: “Markle. PM (Piers Morgan) is certainly an egoist, but I don’t think he’s leeching off anybody.”

A third took a swipe at the Dragon when they wrote: “Oh, I thought Debbie (sic) Meaden myself.”

She has also been outspoken about Brexit and in 2018 said she would not be “bullied into silence”.

In a tweet, Meaden wrote: “I had to stand up and be counted… not be scared… That way I can sleep at night.”

The TV star was part of the 700,000 person march against the decision to leave the European Union in 2018. 

The protest, which campaigned for a “People’s Vote”, stood against the calls of 52 percent of the UK who voted for Brexit.

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When The Tab asked Meaden whether she could name anything positive about leaving the bloc, she struggled.

The Dragon said: “I can genuinely not name one thing about Brexit that I like.”

In another swipe, Meaden took aim at Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the House of Commons, over his approach to bartering with the EU. 

She launched into a rant about the Conservative politician’s plan for dealing with Brexit in August 2018.

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Meaden tweeted: “Right people. Jacob Rees Mogg has [a] rival plan to Theresa May’s Chequers plan. 

“If it involves the fantasy of falling back onto WTO (World Trade Organisation) then stand[ing] back… my head is going to explode. 

“I will however be all ears… just [in] case.”

Her tweet, which was liked by 1,800 people, was replied to by one of Meaden’s fans who agreed “it will be a fantasy”.

The individual continued: “He’s not a manufacturer that adds value and creates wealth.

“He is a financier and by definition therefore a parasite.”

Meaden, who didn’t call out his “parasite” snub, berated the politician with another swipe.

She wrote: “I genuinely don’t know anybody further removed from real-life, ordinary people…

“HM (Her Majesty) the Queen is far more in touch!!”

Ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, Meaden was concerned because “deals fall-over over ridiculous points”.

During an interview on BBC Newsnight, she warned the EU would “throw… many hurdles” at the UK.

Meaden also claimed that businesses – both big and small – were “very, very worried” by Brexit. 

She claimed she hadn’t “heard one business that is sitting there going ‘Oh whatever’”.

This year, Meaden said she understood why Brexiteers voted to leave the bloc but was concerned their issues would not be addressed.

In January, she tweeted: “Sadly, mostly unrelated [problems] to our membership of the EU and therefore it won’t be fixed by being outside of the EU.”

Meaden thought Brexiteers voted for Leave for “a good reason” but believed their concerns could be solved more easily inside the bloc.

In a more positive tweet from March, she felt “some good will come out [of] Brexit”.

However, Meaden hoped it would be “enough to offset the pain” that many businesses and people in the UK were “going to go through”. 

Deborah Meaden joins Peter Jones, Touker Suleyman, Sara Davies and Tej Lalvani on Dragons’ Den, which airs at 8pm tonight on BBC One. 

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