Thomas Markle: Meghan and Harry Queen 'attack' is 'embarrassing'
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Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have been at the centre of a number of controversies since their decision to step down from public royal duties last year. Their fractured relationship with the rest of the Royal Family has been under considerable stress after several bombshell claims made in a number of interviews, including a two-hour CBS special with Oprah Winfrey. More recently, in June, Harry announced plans to write an “accurate and wholly truthful” memoir with the help of Andre Agassi’s ghost writer JR Moehringer.
In a statement, he said: “I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story . . . I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.”
Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
Mr Myers said he was not surprised by the announcement because he does not think Harry “can help himself” when it comes to telling his story.
He said: “There’s a lot of nervousness.
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“Will Harry clear up some of the mistruths or misinformation that he feels has been put out there between him, his wife Meghan and their relationship?
“Will he set the record straight to how he feels his brother has treated him over the last few years?
“The fact that on the one hand Harry will say ‘every click of the camera, every time I see something written about me it takes me back to a very dark place’ but then he’s fully willing to put his life story down on paper is another extraordinary event.
“Certainly, I don’t know now the dust has settled, that I was too surprised about it really because I don’t think Harry can help himself without being mentioned.”
The memoir follows on from the couple’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021.
The Sussexes spoke of the alleged racism Meghan faced while in the UK and how they felt “hounded” by the British press.
When asked about his motivations to leave, Harry said: “I asked for calm from the British tabloids.
“Once as a boyfriend, once as a husband, and once as a father.”
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Meghan also claimed that comments from an unnamed member of the royal family had been made about their son Archie’s skin colour.
She said: “In those months when I was pregnant, we had in tandem the conversation of “you won’t be given security,” “not going to be given a title”, and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.
Over the past week, there has been speculation as to why Harry and Meghan were not invited to Barack Obama’s birthday party, considering the prince’s supposed close bond with the former US president, established over Harry’s Invictus Games.
It is unclear why the Sussexes were not invited to the 60th birthday party in Martha’s Vineyard at the weekend, which boasted a star-studded guest list that included Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Yet some royal insiders have suggested the former presidential couple are being cautious about appearing friendly with Harry and Meghan out of respect for the Queen and due to their own concerns about public image.
Royal expert Angela Mollard said: “There is a lot of speculation that they are not the great mates that they thought they were.
“Obviously, anytime you invite Meghan and Harry to something it becomes problematic.
“Often all the attention is on them, that being said, they are old friends.
“We don’t know what has been happening behind the scenes.”
Pod Save the Queen is released every Thursday on all podcast platforms.
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