Meghan and Harry: Oprah ‘didn’t question’ couple says expert
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Oprah has come under fire on the Jeremy Vine show amid claims US chat show host failed to properly scrutinise Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s explosive accusations during the tell-all special. During the interview, the Duchess of Sussex said that the couple’s son Archie Harrison had been unfairly denied a title, and linked the decision to concerns regarding their child’s skin colour. Royal commentator Dawn Neesom has insisted that “a lot of things they said should have been challenged” by Oprah.
Ms Neesom told Jeremy Vine on Channel 5: “I do think that Oprah is at fault here because there were quite clearly some things during the interview that Meghan said about the line of succession to the throne that Oprah just didn’t question.
“The claim that Archie wasn’t going to be a prince because of the colour of his skin, which was the implication, is just historically wrong.
“That should have been challenged.
“So to be fair to Harry and Meghan a lot of things that they said should have been challenged during the interview and then there wouldn’t be this confusion.”
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Meghan suggested her son Archie was not made a prince because of the colour of his skin and also mentioned concern from an unnamed royal over how dark Archie’s might be while she was pregnant.
She said: “In those months that I was pregnant, all around the same time, so we had in tandem the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title, and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.
“There were several conversations with Harry [about how dark her baby’s skin might be] potentially and what that would mean or look like.”
The Duchess also told Oprah: “They were saying they didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, not knowing what the gender would be, which would be different from protocol.”
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Under current regulation, only the children and grandchildren of the reigning monarch are entitled to HRH and princely titles.
As the great-grandson of the current sovereign, Archie Harrison would have to wait for his grandfather Prince Charles to become king before receiving the title of Prince.
Royal expert Antonio Caprarica has provided a constitutional explanation for the Palace’s decision not to provide Archie with a “courtesy title” rather than the HRH style.
He told Rolling Stones Italia: “Little Archie has a courtesy title as Earl of Dumbarton, but he is not a prince for the simple reason that only those of direct succession to the throne are princes: Charles, William and William’s sons. It’s all a hoax, let’s face it.”
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Buckingham Palace did release a statement to address the concerns raised by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
The statement read: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Meghan and Harry.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.
“While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
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