Meghan Markle 'fell flat on her face' says Morton
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke to Oprah Winfrey about their time in The Firm and made several explosive claims. Meghan opened up about her struggles with mental health, admitting that she had even had suicidal thoughts, and alleged that the institution did not support her enough. She also claimed there had been “concerns and conversations” around how dark her baby’s skin might be.
The Duchess also accused the institution of not protecting her from media coverage she believed to be inaccurate and even claimed they helped “perpetuate falsehoods” about her.
A royal expert has said that, in her view, the Royal Family have made mistakes, but that they would not maliciously try to hurt Meghan or Harry.
Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
Ms Gripper said she did not think the interview will have changed any minds as Meghan and Harry supporters will have simply hardened their view that the Sussexes were hard done by, while Queen and Royal Family supporters are likely to give them the benefit of the doubt.
She added that her personal view was that she was prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt that they made unintentional errors and should have a chance to respond and try and heal the damage done.
She said: “I don’t think it will necessarily have changed people’s minds from one side to the other.
“For people who were already on Meghan and Harry’s side I think it will have strengthened and hardened up that view.
“For people who were previously more on the Royal Family’s side of things, I think it means they will be prepared to give the Royal Family the benefit of the doubt.
“I think probably this is me channelling how I feel and assuming everyone else will feel the same thing…
“But I think I am prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt that they made some horrendous errors but didn’t mean to and they should have a chance to fix this. So that’s how I feel about it.”
She asked Mr Myers whether he thinks it will have changed anyone’s mind and he said there are questions that need answering from the Royal Family.
He also highlighted the difference between the response in the US, where the media have accepted the claims largely uncritically, whereas in the UK it has been far more of a mixed bag.
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Not only that, but there is a generational difference between how people interpreted the interview, with younger people being more sympathetic to the Sussexes.
The royal editor also highlighted polls in recent weeks from Commonwealth countries such as Australia which have suggested there may have been a groundswell of support to ditch the monarchy.
He said: “I think there are questions to be asked of the Royal Family ‒ potentially their attitudes, the way they treat family members, two very vulnerable family members.
“And I think that it’s a generational thing as well as an issue between the US and UK now, but there are generational shifts that are happening across the world not only in this country, that archaic institutions like the Royal Family will need to get on board with to stay relevant.
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“You’ve already got reports overnight that new polls in Australia ‒ 62 percent are in favour of a Republic.
“I’m not too sure, I mean that seems incredibly large, I’m not too sure, but there may be a groundswell of change in that sense.
“And does a monarchy fit in with a modern Britain or a modern world?
“A lot of people may think that it isn’t and that’s a very, very strange scenario to be in, because as much as the younger generation have really dragged the monarchy into the 21st century, this is a crisis that is their worst in decades.”
The Queen responded to the Oprah interview with a brief statement, saying that the family were “saddened” to hear the full extent of the difficulties Harry and Meghan experienced.
It also promised that, while “recollections may vary”, the allegations would be taken seriously and investigated privately.
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