Meghan Markle: Nana Akua criticises Queen comment
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Meghan Markle’s interview with Variety magazine contained “no sense of an apology” to the Queen as the Duchess reflected on the late sovereign’s death, a royal journalist has said. The Duchess of Sussex, 41, spoke to the US magazine in a wide-ranging chat that was published last week.
During the interview, Meghan spoke about the late Queen Elizabeth II, who died during the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s most recent trip back to the UK.
The piece described Meghan’s worry that speaking about the late monarch will become a “distraction” from the mourning period and the celebrations of her life.
The Duchess said her family had received “an outpouring of love and support”, adding she was grateful to be able to offer her husband, Prince Harry, the support he needed following his grandmother’s death.
She continued: “What’s so beautiful is to look at the legacy that his grandmother was able to leave on so many fronts.
“Certainly, in terms of female leadership, she is the most shining example of what that looks like.”
The Duchess called the mourning period a “complicated time”, adding she felt “fortunate” to have known the late Queen during her long life.
But The Daily Mail’s diary editor, Richard Eden, claimed the comments will have “raised eyebrows” for the absence of an “apology” to the Queen.
Mr Eden suggested that the Duchess could have opted to speak only about her commercial endeavours, conceding however it may have been “unreasonable” to skirt the topic of the Queen’s death entirely.
He told Palace Confidential: “Lots of it will have raised eyebrows, because she talked about her relationship with the Queen.”
He added: “But there was no sense whatsoever of an apology for the hard times that she put the Queen through.”
He continued that it would therefore be an interview leaving many readers with “mixed emotions”.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in January 2020 that they were stepping back from Royal Family life.
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A statement from the couple said they were giving up “senior” royal duties “and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen”.
They said the decision came off the back of “many months of reflection and internal discussions”.
In February the following year, the Duke and Duchess “confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family”.
A statement said the senior royals were “saddened” by the news, which came ahead of Meghan and Harry’s bombshell interview with US chat show host, Oprah Winfrey.
In the interview, Meghan said she had experienced suicidal thoughts, and the couple made allegations of racism in the ranks of the Royal Family.
A statement from the Queen said at the time: “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. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”
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