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Meghan Markle, 38, and Prince Harry, 35, have settled in Los Angeles since stepping down as senior royals. However, recent events mean the couple remain in the spotlight despite their wish for a “more peaceful life.”
Meghan is suing the Mail on Sunday over the publication of extracts of a letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle Snr.
The Duchess has accused the Associated Newspapers media company of misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of the Data Protection Act. The newspaper denies the claims.
New paperwork submitted by Meghan’s lawyers to support her case contains the claim she was left “undefended by the institution” while pregnant and expresses Meghan’s frustration at the Royal Family’s approach to media relations.
Her lawyers claim Meghan had endured “hundreds of thousands of inaccurate articles about her” that left her with “tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health”.
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At the time of the article in 2019, papers state, there was a “shared frustration” among her friends at Kensington Palace’s “no comment” response to media articles, which they say “left everyone feeling silenced”.
These claims have been widely interpreted as a dig at the Queen and one royal commentator has claimed Meghan’s legal team had shown “ignorance of the way the Royal Family functions.”
Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “She claims the institution of monarchy did not defend her against ‘hundreds of thousands of inaccurate articles’ which caused her ‘emotional distress’.
“The only sensible policy is ‘no comment’ save in the most exceptional circumstances which is what the Palace do.
“Nothing would encourage sensation seekers more than a reply!”
Mr Fitzwilliams claims Meghan and Harry will have ruffled royal feathers again this week when they spoke out in their roles as Presidents of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
While Meghan and Harry’s wish to address the wrongdoings of the Commonwealth’s past will have struct a chord with younger audiences, they were slammed by traditionalists who felt it wasn’t their place to speak out as non-senior royals.
During a Zoom call with the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Prince Harry said: “When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past.
“So many people have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs, but I think we all acknowledge there is so much more still to do.
“It’s not going to be easy and in some cases, it’s not going to be comfortable but it needs to be done, because guess what, everybody benefits.”
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Royal expert Robert Hardman was among commentators to criticise Harry’s comments claiming “you are devaluing one of the great successes of your grandmother’s record-breaking reign.”
In an open letter published by the Daily Mail in which he addresses directly the Duke of Sussex, Mr Hardman wrote: “Which is why, Sir, your remarks go against all that the Queen has attempted to do over all these years.”
He added: “But in painting the Commonwealth as a problem rather than an answer, you are undermining an organisation which has gone to great trouble to embrace you.
“And, in turn, you are devaluing one of the great successes of your grandmother’s record-breaking reign.”
While royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams praised Meghan and Harry for confronting “the corrosive problem of racism” in their Queen’s Commonwealth speech, he branded the language they used as “unconscionably ‘woke’” and said “The Royal Family will not have been impressed.”
Mr Fitzwilliams said: “Harry and Meghan’s are President and Vice-President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust which ‘champions funds and connects young leaders who are working to change the world’.
“The vast majority in Commonwealth countries are under 30.
“It is therefore unsurprising that their recent video call focused on historic wrongs such as the terrible transatlantic slave trade and, in the wake of the Black Lives Movement, the corrosive problem of racism.
“Meghan spoke powerfully to the graduates of her school about this.
“However, the language they used was unconscionably ‘woke’ and their concentration on this issue alone with youth leaders was also an opportunity missed.
“The Commonwealth is so close to the Queen’s heart but, apart from CHOGM meetings and the Commonwealth Games, it gets so little publicity. Yet it is home to more than 80 intergovernmental organisations and does so much good.
“Harry and Meghan’s intervention received global coverage.
“Could they not think of a positive message to send as well as rightfully examining past wrongs?”
“The Royal Family will not have been impressed by their handling of events which could have been so different and should have been so much more constructive.”
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