Meghan Markle and Harry setting major precedence as Sussexes dismantle royal tradition

Meghan pressured to ‘conform’ with Royal tradition says expert

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The saying “never complain, never explain” was adopted by the Queen’s late mother, the Queen Mother, after it thought to have originated from the 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. It’s a phase now used to explain how members of the Royal Family conduct themselves in their day-to-day life. Since their royal exit in 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to have dismantled this famous royal tradition and will possibly be remembered as the royals who “buried the attitude” of the coined phrase. Speaking on the latest episode of Royally Us, royal historian and author of the upcoming book, Do Let’s Have Another Drink: The Dry Wit and Fizzy Life of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Gareth Russell discusses the Sussexes’ and their breakaway from the royal tradition.

Speaking of the phrase “never complain, never explain”, Mr Russell said: “I think Harry and Meghan will probably be remembered as the people who buried that attitude for themselves and for future generations of royals.

‘[and] that maybe is no bad thing.”

He added that the phase was “put in place’ and “coined” by the Queen Mother.

Mr Russell said: “Certainly, the Queen Mother was probaly one of the most sussessful Queen Consorts in history.

“She had, pretty much, undented popularity from 1923 to 2002.”

He added that the Queen Mother had an “extraordinary marathon of a career””.

Although, speaking of the current day, he continued: “The world has changed.

“Speculation is different to what it was in the 1930s, 1940s, when she was coming up with these mantras.”

Prince Harry broke from 'royal tradition' with Meghan says expert

Prince Harry and Meghan have spoken out numerous times via the media, since their departure from The Firm in 2020.

In March 2021, the couple sat down for a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, where the Sussexes shared some unsettling revelations.

During the interview, Meghan claimed there were “concerns” over the colour of Archie’s skin, prior to his birth in May 2019.

The Duchess also shared how she had suffered with her mental health during her time within The Firm.


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She reported that she had experienced “suicidal thoughts” but alleged that she was denied help for her personal struggle.

During the interview, Harry also spoke of his father and brother. 

He claimed that the two of them were “trapped” within the monarchy.

He told Oprah, “My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.”


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