Meghan and Harry versus Royal Family is ‘clash of cultures’ amid public feud

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been speaking very openly and publicly about their time in the Royal Family and their relationships with other members of the Firm. It has given the public a rare glimpse behind Palace walls at what life is really like for royals. It has also given the pair a platform to speak about mental health and their own struggles, which can help on the pathway to recovery.

However, their speaking out goes against everything the Royal Family believes.

The Queen Mother propagated the saying: “Never complain, never explain.”

This motto means that royals should not respond to any criticism or allegation or else risk legitimising it.

However, it also means keeping any issues within the family and trying to resolve them privately, never speaking publicly about them.

Pod Save the Queen host Ann Gripper interviewed columnist Darren Lewis on Facebook Live about Meghan and Harry’s journey and how it all went wrong.

Towards the end, Mr Lewis flipped the conversation and asked Ms Gripper her own thoughts on the situation.

She said she was sad and disappointed that it couldn’t work out and to see the continued disintegration of a family unit.

She described how each of their approaches to their problems are so different, potentially adding fuel to the fire.

The royal expert said: “You’ve got half of it who feel like the only way they can address it is publicly in some ways, because that’s the life they’ve chosen.

“And then there’s the other half who are just so used to addressing everything privately.

“So you’ve got this massive clash of cultures and ways of doing things.”

This contrast was displayed strongly in the Royal Family’s reaction to the interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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After two hours of deeply troubling claims were aired, the royal household formulated a response that acknowledged the comments, but insisted they would look into it in-house.

The statement from the Queen read: “My whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

“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.

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“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”

Ms Gripper noted that it is hard enough for a family to be split across different continents, but it must make it “18 times harder” that there is this row going on in the background.

She recalled Harry’s comment that his relationship with William is “distance”, but that he said he did want to heal and repair that relationship.

However, she wondered whether Harry is doing everything he can to repair that when he keeps speaking about everything so publicly.

Ms Gripper said: “So they’re trying to take the pressure out of it…

“Whether the press is taken out of it when they’re constantly talking about things publicly…”

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