Meghan & Harry’s ‘different style’ in Philip statement hints at ‘unification’ with royals

Prince Philip: Harry and Meghan's statement discussed by Murphy

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There may be “real unification” between the Sussexes and the rest of the Royal Family after fraught divisions, according to an expert. Victoria Murphy spoke to ABC’s HeirPod about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s statement following the news of Prince Philip’s passing. She said that the initial one released on April 9 was very “different” to how the couple usually approaches public things.

Ms Murphy told listeners: “The Sussexes obviously posted on their website, but they hadn’t said anything else.

“I got the impression that they’re not really intending to put out parallel announcements in this situation.

“That’s different to how they’ve been operating previously.

“Because previously over every other subject, we’ve seen that the Royal Family will say something and the Sussexes will say something, and it’s separate.”

She continued: “Whereas I feel that on this point there’s a real unification.

“I think that kind of says that things are coming just through Buckingham Palace on behalf of the whole family.

“Clearly in this instance it also very much includes the Sussexes.”

After Buckingham Palace announced the Duke of Edinburgh’s death on April 9, the Archewell website was updated.

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The homepage read: “In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021.

“Thank you for your service… You will be greatly missed.”

At the start of this week, Harry released a personal statement about his grandfather.

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It read: “My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm—and also because you never knew what he might say next.

“He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ‘til the end.

“He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’

“So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always remembered—by the nation and the world.

“Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts.”

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