Queen will recover from Harry and Meghan’s ‘vengeful attack’ – ‘Survived much worse!’
Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, went nuclear on the Royal Family as they spoke to Oprah Winfrey about their time as senior members of The Firm. The CBS interview premiered in the States on Sunday night and in it, Meghan and Harry lifted the lid on some of the struggles they faced as senior royals.
Among the bombshells dropped by the Sussexes was Meghan’s claim she had felt suicidal after not receiving adequate support from the Palace when she was five months pregnant with Archie Harrison.
The Duchess also mentioned a chilling series of conversations a senior royal is said to have had with Harry about the colour of their unborn child’s skin.
Meghan told Oprah: “All the grandeur around this stuff is not really important to me.
“But in those months when I was pregnant, around the same time, we have in tandem he won’t be given security, a title and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
Asked by Oprah whether there were concerns her child would be “too brown” and that would be a problem, Meghan said: “If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one.”
Despite attacking the Royal Household, Meghan said she had always felt welcomed by the Queen and told Oprah: “The Queen has always been wonderful to me… I just really loved being in her company… She’s always been warm and inviting and really welcoming.”
However, allegations set out by Harry and Meghan will have undoubtedly shaken the monarchy to its core and royal watchers are eagerly awaiting to see how the Palace reacts.
Despite the seismic impact the interview may have had on people’s perception of the Royal Family globally, the monarchy is likely to survive in Britain, one royal commentator has claimed.
Mr Fitzwilliams added: “However this will depend on how the Palace deals with the allegations.
“They couldn’t be more damning and have echoes of Diana.
“It’s far, far more than a secret marriage and the gender of their forthcoming big child.
“Allegations that involved Meghan feeling suicidal, a senior royal talking about how dark Archie’s skin might be and issues dealing with security are obviously the most serious, the rifts between family members too.
“Not to mention how this is going to play out in the weeks and months ahead.
“I doubt whether it will affect the popularity of the institution in Britain overall, but it may affect it among young people and persons of colour.
“It goes back over 1,000 years with one republican period under Cromwell.”
Mr Fitzwilliams claimed Meghan and Harry seemed to focus on appealing to a US audience in the sitdown.
He said: “It remains my belief that the Sussexes are aiming at the United States and the wider world.
“Sadly but to them inevitably, Britain is of far less importance and they loathe the British press.
“We have heard one side of this sad story where royals are ‘trapped’ as Harry sees it.
“There will be a backlash. The British public will not forget the way the Queen, at nearly 95, has contributed to raising the morale of the nation and given it a lifetime of service.”
According to Mr Fitzwilliams how the monarchy recovers will become clear in the coming weeks and months and that they need to come out with “a credible response” to the allegations.
The expert said: “However, what more is there (rumours Oprah is releasing more footage heard on Sky) and how will this play out in the future.
“Andrew is in disgrace and there are fewer senior, working royals.
“Harry and Meghan have launched serious allegations against both royals and the Royal Household.
“The allegations by the Sussexes need to be countered by the Palace in a credible way.
“Their claim that it did not respond to criticisms of them, might well be countered by pointing out that this gives credence to false allegations and encourages them.”
Mr Fitzwilliams branded Meghan and Harry’s interview a “high profile attack” he claimed came from the Sussexes wish for revenge.
The expert concluded: “An unconventional high profile attack like this by Harry and Meghan is a form of revenge and is very damaging especially since many will feel the Palace has changed little since Diana’s unhappy marriage.
“How and in what way it sees fit to respond will be pivotal to its image.
“It is worth remembering that over the ages it has survived far worse!”
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