Queen forced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle out to keep limelight on Charles and William

Meghan and Harry: Prince Charles give 'more detail' says expert

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were told they could not be half in the Royal Family after their decision to step away from their senior roles. It has since been compared to King Edward VIII who abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, UK correspondent Max Colchester, said: “They couldn’t have it both ways because people in the palace fear that they would effectively overshadow some of the other royals.”

The publication explained: “In 1936, King Edward VIII faced a similar fate.

“After he abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, he gave up his title and became the Duke of Windsor.

“His brother George became King and the Duke ended up living in France.”

Mr Colchester added: “The Duke of Windsor left the UK because the Royal Family feared that he would hog the limelight away from his brother, George.”

It comes as the Duchess of Sussex was advised “it would be best if she could be 50 percent less”, according to Oprah Winfrey.

The talk show star said Meghan confided in her in 2018, and the conversation left Winfrey “disheartened”.

Winfrey appeared on US breakfast show CBS This Morning to discuss her bombshell interview with Meghan and the Duke of Sussex and recalled a conversation she had with Meghan when she first approached her in 2018.

She told the programme: “She had just joined the royal family and she shared a conversation with me then that made me feel somewhat disheartened.

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“She said she had been told, been given advice, that it would be best if she could be 50 percent less than she was. That was the quote, if she could be 50 percent less.

“I remember hearing that in 2018 and I said to her, ‘I don’t know how you’re going to survive, being half of yourself’.”

Prince William has since reached out to his brother to discuss their famiyl issues but the talks were describe as “unproductive”

US breakfast show host Gayle King said she had called the Sussexes and was told Harry had spoken to his father, the Prince of Wales, and brother the Duke of Cambridge – but no-one has yet spoken to Meghan.

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She uggested that despite the conversations not bearing fruit, the Sussexes were “glad” dialogue had started and the couple wanted “healing” within the royal family.

Former US first lady Michelle Obama has spoken about the couple raising the issue of racism, saying it was not a “complete surprise” to hear Meghan bring up the topic.

After the Sussexes bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Queen said in a statement that the issues raised, including race, would be “addressed by the family privately”.

The couple had accused an unnamed royal, not the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh, of raising concerns about how dark their son Archie’s skin tone would be, before he was born.

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