Princess Diana’s aide claims ‘there are a lot of unhappy people’ in Royal ‘rift’

Meghan Markle: Queen faced ‘bigger challenges’ says radio host

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Patrick Jephson, the Princess of Wales’ former chief of staff, has shared his thoughts on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Megxit. He has suggested similarities between Harry and Meghan’s situation and Diana’s.

Mr Jephson spoke to CNN ahead of the CBS Oprah interview.

He said: “Thirty years ago we were in a comparable situation where rifts were opening up within the royal family and it was starting to escalate.

“There were a lot of unhappy people involved then, I’m quite sure there are a lot of unhappy people involved now.”

Diana’s former aide added: “At the heart of this are real people really hurting and I hope that somewhere in the midst of the current back and forth somebody is putting down the seeds for eventual reconciliation, which has to come.”

Diana’s former aide also suggested repairs to perceived damage to relations must come “with senior palace management”.

He said Prince Charles has “examples from his own history of how these things can be made worse – and how they can be made better”.

He added: “I hope that it will be intervention from all well-intentioned people to help Harry and Meghan settle in their new lives and help heal the wounds that arose through the way they departed.”

Meghan and Harry’s interview will air tomorrow, with a clip showing the Duchess tell Ms Winfrey it is “liberating” to now enjoy the “right and the privilege” to “say yes” to Winfrey because she and Harry now have “the ability to make our own choices”.

She also tells how she struggled transitioning from an independent life to one within the “construct” of the Royal Family.

When asked how she imagined the Palace feels about her speaking “your truth”, she said: “If that comes with risk of losing things, I mean, I…there is a lot that has been lost already.”

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Another clip showed Harry compare his situation with his mother’s, and say: “My biggest concern was history repeating itself.

“For me, I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here, talking to you with my wife by my side.”

A source told the Sunday Times Queen Elizabeth II will not watch the interview, as she is “focusing on the big issues”.

They said: “The mood in the family is: can everyone just shut the hell up and can we just get on with the day job.”

Dylan Howard, royal expert and author, believes the interview will take a “sledgehammer” to Harry and Prince William’s relationship.

He told Channel 5: “I expect this interview to not only reverberate in the United States and England, but to rock the Establishment at its core.”

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