Royal Family dubbed ‘dull institution’ by Hilary Mantel: ‘Meghan was too good to be true’

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Meghan and Prince Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to air tonight in the UK on ITV. Snippets from the tell-all chat, which aired yesterday in the US, have already surfaced on the internet. It comes a year after the pair left the UK for North America, first moving to Canada, then travelling south to Meghan’s native Los Angeles, where they have lived since.

Last month, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the couple would not be returning to the Royal Family as working members.

Their honorary military appointments and royal patronages will now be distributed among active royals, like Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

Much controversy has surrounded Meghan and Harry since their departure, with tension having simmered in the weeks after they married in 2018.

While many have taken issue with Meghan, others have focused on the royal establishment.

Booker Prize winning author Hilary Mantel, who specialises in historical fiction, previously described the Firm as a “dull institution” and said Meghan was, in fact, “too good” for it.

It came during an interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine last year, ahead of the publication of the last book in her fictional trilogy charting the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, ‘The Mirror and the Light’.

Here, Ms Mantel admitted she was happy Meghan and Harry’s relationship had survived the tumultuous period leading up to Megxit.

She said: “I’m pleased that it’s the marriage that’s surviving and the connection with the monarchy that has to go because I think almost all of us would have bet that if she [the Duchess of Sussex] left, she’d have to leave alone.

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“Though, none of us know the details of how this is going to work out.

“I think that Meghan was too good to be true.

“She was a smiling face in a dull institution, she cheered the nation up no end, or at least men and women of good will.”

Many like Ms Mantel were unsure of how the logistical side of Meghan and Harry’s breakaway would pan out.

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Around 95 percent of their income came from Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall.

They have since secured a string of lucrative contracts with media streaming giants and proved they can financially self-sustain.

Netflix lured them in with a deal worth around £109million ($148m) to create original content for the platform.

While Spotify got them on board to produce an exclusive podcast, ‘Archewell Audio’, paying them a reported £39million ($54m).

Ahead of the Oprah interview, Harry appeared in a candid exchange with actor and comedian James Corden.

Riding around LA on an open top, double decker bus – Harry’s first time on one – he reiterated that he and Meghan had not abandoned family in the UK.

He said they were “stepping back rather than stepping down”, adding that his life would always be shrouded in public service.

Harry also revealed how his “mental health was being destroyed” before he and Meghan moved.

Added to all of the current speculation is the announcement of their second child.

They revealed the sex of the baby during the Oprah talk: a girl, expected later this year.

Oprah With Meghan and Harry is on ITV at 9pm on Monday March 8. You can watch the full interview afterwards on ITV hub.

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