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As the Firm reels from the tragic death of its patriarch Prince Philip, Meghan, 39, is “willing to forgive and move forward”, according to her friends. But an exclusive poll by Express.co.uk has shown overwhelming scepticism of her olive branch, as many readers insisted Meghan should be the one seeking forgiveness, not offering it.
In the wake of the remarks by Meghan’s pals, Express.co.uk readers were asked: “Should the Royal Family put their differences aside?”
Ninety-four percent of respondents (5,261) said no while only five percent (284) said they should.
In comments, some readers expressed their outrage at Meghan’s offer of forgiveness, suggesting Prince Harry’s wife would do better to seek forgiveness from the monarch.
One person said: “Megan Markle should apologise to the Queen and it is up to our Queen if she wants to accept her apology – not the other way round.”
A second person slapped down Meghan’s offer of forgiveness, saying “how big of her”.
They said the claim that Meghan wants to forgive the royals shows things are not playing out as well as the the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may have hoped.
The reader wrote: “They’re really not getting the offers they assumed they were going to get.”
And yet a third person said rather than trying to rebuild bridges with her in-laws, Meghan should concentrate on repairing her relationship with her father and her own family.
The reader said: “The Royal Family should tell her that it’s very ‘generous’ of her to offer them her ‘forgiveness’ but she should offer it instead to her own family especially her father.”
They added: “It’s very telling that she is only offering to forgive her powerful, wealthy and famous in-laws who are the reason she is relevant in Hollywood but not her family including the father she portrayed as a loving and supportive father in her old blog.”
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The couple accused an unnamed royal of making racist comments about their son and said palace staff had acted coldly towards Meghan during a mental health crisis.
The shocking claims dominated headlines for days and were seen to have worsened the fraying relations between the Sussexes and the Firm.
One reader said given the fact the whole world had access to the bombshell Oprah interview, Meghan should say sorry for her “devastating accusations” on a global level.
They explained: “A global apology by Meghan to the Royal Family would be appropriate and proportional.
“The Royal Family are a gracious bunch, so a one-hour sit down with Piers Morgan broadcast to the same 70 countries would be sufficient.”
Others warned the monarch to think carefully before allowing Harry and Meghan back into the fold given their recent behaviour.
One person said that “it would indicate that it is okay to behave in such a terrible way towards close family members, when it is very far from okay!”
Just 109 readers (one percent) said they didn’t know.
The poll ran on Express.co.uk from 9.10am to 9.30pm on Thursday April 15, with a total of 5,754 readers taking part.
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