Meghan Markle and Harry: Expert discusses UK’s reaction
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The Royal Family is slowly attempting to restore its image after Meghan and Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey. For two hours, Meghan first, then Harry, spilled secrets of their struggles with royal life in preceding years. Several highly sensitive issues were touched on, including race and mental health.
It came over a year after the pair departed the UK for a life of privacy in the US.
Quickly dubbed “Megxit” the couple successfully attempted to become financially independent, repaying their royal debts, like the £2.4million renovations at Frogmore Cottage paid for by the public.
While the pair have since stressed how under the cosh they felt while fulfilling royal duties – a result of media and public attention – one expert previously questioned to what extent the pair were feeling the pressure.
Just after Megxit, body language expert Judi James appeared on the Daily Mirror’s ‘Pod Save the Queen’.
Here, she claimed that Meghan didn’t show any signs of “grief” before the move.
Host Anne Gripper asked: “Did you pick up on the fact that they weren’t happy?”
Ms James said: “She clearly played it very well.
“Full marks to her, because she said she’d gone through a lot of grief, but she never showed it.
“And, I think the actress’s side helped her get through that.
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“I looked through acres of footage, and she’d always got a good smile on her face, she always looked engaged, she’d always got quite an excited eye expression.
“And she always looked clearly besotted with Harry, and I think that possibly made it less obvious.”
On Harry, however, she said: “I think we saw Harry change so much.
“I could always see the rift between him and William anyway, going back right to the first days of Harry’s marriage, and meeting Meghan.
“He went from being this jack-the-lad character – and we used to see him all the time with William, looking like a couple of jokers!
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“If they turned up at weddings – oh, here they come, what are they going to get up to! Particularly Harry.
“And then suddenly, and I think it could have been put down to the fact that he had got responsibilities in life at last, with a wife and then a child.
“But, I think he was looking way too unhappy, way too serious, way too annoyed, really.
“Clearly he had a very, very difficult decision to make.”
While individual members of the Royal Family were unable to respond to Meghan and Harry’s allegations, his brother, Prince William, broke his silence earlier this month.
On a school visit to East London, he was asked by a reporter if the royals were racist, to which he replied: “We’re very much not a racist family.”
He, along with their father Prince Charles, have since spoken to Harry.
Meanwhile, in a statement, Buckingham Palace said they were “saddened” to hear of Meghan and Harry’s struggles.
It read: “The 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.
“Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
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