Awkward! Queen to face Joe Biden after US President praised Meghan’s ‘courage’ with Oprah

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The Duchess of Sussex opened up about her mental health and how she had experienced suicidal thoughts while pregnant with Archie. However, the interview was also littered with accusations against The Firm, some aimed at the institution generally and some aimed at specific individuals. The interview was extremely damaging for the Royal Family, especially the accusations of racism.

Prince Harry and Meghan claimed a senior member of the family made racist comments about Archie before he was born.

Meghan also heavily implied she thought Archie was not made a Prince due to his race, although this was debunked because he was never entitled to this rank due to Letters Patent dating back to 1917.

That said, both Harry and Meghan had nothing but praise for the Queen herself.

Meghan said the Queen was “wonderful” to her and recalled their first joint engagement together in Cheshire, when the Queen gave her a beautiful gift and shared her blanket with her.

Meanwhile, Harry insisted he had never blindsided his grandmother because he had “too much respect” for her.

After the interview aired, the White House indicated that Mr Biden had watched it and was impressed by the Duchess’ revelations about her mental health.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said: “For anyone to come forward and speak about their own struggles with mental health, and tell their personal story, that takes courage.

“And that’s certainly something the President believes.

“And he’s talked about investing in these areas.”

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams raised this as a potential issue for Mr Biden and the Queen.

He told Express.co.uk: “Much has been made of Biden’s praise for Meghan’s ‘courage’ in speaking out on the topic of mental illness during the ‘bombshell’ interview with Oprah Winfrey, which was so damaging to the monarchy.”

However, the Queen is known to be the consummate diplomat.

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Over the years, she has met so many people and always managed to hide any negative feelings.

Ten years ago, the Queen met Martin McGuiness, then-Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and a former IRA commander said to have been involved in the assassination of the Queen’s own family member Lord Mountbatten.

The monarch shaking hands with Mr McGuinness with a smile on her face was an iconic moment that will go down in history as one of the most significant diplomatic meetings.

What’s more, Mr Biden has the benefit of having been Barack Obama’s Vice President for eight years.

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The Obamas were known to have a great relationship with Her Majesty and on one occasion First Lady Michelle Obama even instigated a hug, which is against protocol, yet the Queen reciprocated.

Mr Fitzwilliams said: “The Queen had a very friendly rapport with the Obamas and this is undoubtedly of significance.

“Both she and President Biden have enormous experience and both are examples of how persons of advanced age can continue to make significant contributions to national life.

“He will be aware that she is the world’s most high-profile head of state and the only one remaining who saw service in the War.

“The meeting between them will therefore be a particularly special occasion.”

The royal expert also claimed the Queen can relax in the knowledge that Mr Biden will not repeat what she says to the media, unlike his predecessor Donald Trump.

Mr Trump told Piers Morgan for ITV’s Good Morning Britain that the Queen described Brexit as “complex”.

Mr Fitzwilliams said: “She will know that in Biden, she can rely on their conversations being kept private, which was not the case with President Trump, whose erratic behaviour became infamous.

“The meeting between them should prove invaluable to the famously close links which America has with Britain.”

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