Queen to show 'unity' on Meghan Markle response says expert
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex laid bare their raw feelings towards members of the Royal Family in their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on ITV on Monday. They accused an unnamed royal of making racist comments about their son Archie before he was born and said Buckingham Palace had failed to take Meghan’s mental health issues seriously.
In the fallout from the latest twist in the Megxit saga, Express.co.uk conducted an exclusive poll asking readers if the Queen should give a similar tell-all interview to give the public her side of the story.
The overwhelming majority said Her Majesty should not be drawn into a public argument with her grandson and his American-born wife.
Asked “should the Queen give her side of the Megxit battle in a TV interview?” 87 percent (6,378) said no.
Only 13 percent (1,016) of respondents said yes while 73 (less than one percent) said they didn’t know.
In comments, many readers said they would not like to see the 94-year-old Queen reduced to TV interviews in her 70th year of reign.
One reader wrote: “No, the Queen should not stoop to their level.
“I am so surprised at Harry, I don’t know what he expects to gain with that interview.”
A second echoed the comments, saying: “No, absolutely not.
“She should remain quiet and dignified about the whole sorry mess.”
And yet a third said: “Absolutely not! She’s well above that level!”
Others said the Queen is “too wise and dignified” to offer a response to the interview by going on TV.
Another said the monarch is “way up there and has no desire to drop to the level” of Meghan and Harry.
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Many people threw their weight behind the Queen and accused the Sussexes of going out of their way to “upset the Queen” during her twilight years.
One person said the monarch should stand guard not to be “dragged into the swamp” and make an effort to remain tight-lipped.
One woman said regardless of whether the crisis involves royals or non-royals, publicly airing grievances over family matters is never advisable.
She wrote: “Knowing what I do about families, the Queen most likely should not respond.
“It will do no good and will just keep up the responses. Everyone knows how this really went and she just should move on.”
After Meghan and Harry’s interview hit TV screens in Britain on Monday the palace issued a response.
The highly-anticipated palace statement – issued on behalf of the Queen – also mentioned the Sussexes and their son by their first names and not titles.
The statement said: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
The poll ran from 10am to 9.30pm on Thursday, March 11, with a total of 7,467 readers taking part.
The full programme, “Oprah With Meghan and Harry”, aired on ITV on Monday and is available to watch on ITV Hub.
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