Meghan Markle breaks cover for first time since releasing statement

Meghan Markle was seen beaming in a surprise public appearance after releasing a damning statement in her latest row with the British press and Royal Family.

The Duchess, whose long brown hair looked sleek over a plain white top, introduced her long-time friend and photographer Misan Harriman via video link onstage at a Ted event.

She praised Misan’s “unmatched eye for a good photograph” and noted that he’s captured “many meaningful milestones for me and my family”.

Snaps include the black-and-white picture announcing the couple’s second pregnancy, where they posed barefoot in their California garden. He took another photo to mark their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday.

Meghan also referenced his activism and his work capturing the Black Lives Matter protests, she said: “His lens has captured everything from events that have changed the world, moments that we all desperately needed to see along with some of the planets most recognisable faces.

“But this was not always his path, and you might be surprised to hear not who, but what, he credits for his success.’

Mr Harriman thanked his friend for the introduction, and wrote on Instagram: “The Duchess of Sussex was kind enough to introduce me unto the stage for my [Ted Talk]. Thank you for the support Meg.”

Her appearance is the first since she released a statement bashing the media for reporting on a letter sent to King Charles years ago.

The Duchess reportedly sent a letter to Charles outlining the concerns she had over unconscious bias within the Royal Family and followed a bombshell 2021 interview with TV superstar Oprah Winfrey.

During the sit-down, Meghan Markle left Oprah aghast when she alleged that an unnamed member of the Royal Family had raised concerns over the colour of unborn Prince Archie Harrison’s skin.

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She refused to tell Oprah which royal had made the comments claiming it “would be very damaging” to the person. The Daily Telegraph reported that following the interview Meghan sent a letter to her father-in-law about unconscious bias within the family.

The paper cited an insider who claimed that Meghan was unsatisfied with the response from the Firm and this, in part, is why she will not be attending the Coronation.

However, the Duchess quickly hit back at the claims releasing a rare statement through a spokesperson.

The statement read: “The Duchess of Sussex is going about her life in the present, not thinking about correspondence from two years ago related to conversations from four years ago.

“Any suggestion otherwise is false and frankly ridiculous. We encourage tabloid media and various royal correspondents to stop the exhausting circus that they alone are creating.”

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Royal watcher Omid Scobie, who co-authored a biography on the Sussexes, was the first to post the statement.

Other reports have claimed the Sussexes’ were frustrated that initial correspondence over the Coronation made no mention of their children Prince Archie Harrison and Princess Lilibet Diana.

Prince Harry will attend the Coronation alone on May 6 amid strained relations between the Sussexes and the rest of the Firm.

Since the Oprah interview in 2021, things do not appear to have improved. In December, Meghan and Harry released a six-part Netflix docu-series detailing their relationship and split from the royals.

Tensions exploded, however, after Prince Harry released his memoir Spare in January. The tell-all takes aim squarely at several royals and is critical of his brother William as well as King Charles’s wife Camilla, now the Queen Consort.

Prince Harry has said he wishes to reconcile with his father and his brother. He reportedly spoke on the phone with King Charles ahead of the Coronation.

Some have seen this as the first step towards reconciliation but it’s unlikely that Harry will have much time to see his father as it’s believed he will not remain in the UK long after the ceremony.

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