Prince William 'angry' about 'racism' label on royals says expert
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Prince William is reeling after the Sussexes’ two-hour televised sit-down with Oprah Winfrey last month left the Royal Family facing one of its worst crises for generations. Meghan said an unnamed royal – not the Queen nor the Duke of Edinburgh – raised concerns with Harry about how dark their son Archie’s skin tone might be before he was born. Royal expert Richard Fitzwiliams has said the interview was “damaging” to Britain’s reputation.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Fitzwilliams said: “The public statement makes it absolutely clear how angry he and unquestionably other members of the Royal Family are with the label ‘racism’.
“In fact, they’ve been working tremendously hard for diversity but also for national unity.
“The damage this will do to Britain, its reputation and the monarchy abroad especially in the Commonwealth.
“If you look at what Meghan said and what the facts supposedly are, you can come up with a somewhat different point of view on a lot of what she said whether she Googled an individual or knew much about Harry.”
Harry said he felt “let down” by his father the Prince of Wales, said he was cut off financially by his family in the months before Megxit, and expressed his shock at his loss of taxpayer-funded security.
The interview was aired while Harry’s grandfather 99-year-old Philip was in hospital recovering from heart surgery.
Royal author Penny Junor said Harry and Meghan’s accusations of racism and other allegations made in their explosive Oprah interview “lobbed a huge bomb into the heart of the institution”.
The first anniversary of Megxit – when the Queen’s grandson Harry and former Suits star Meghan stepped down from royal duties and stopped using their HRH styles on March 31 last year – fell on Wednesday.
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Ms Junor said: “When Harry and Meghan left a year ago people were surprised and disappointed because they were a great pair.
“Harry was a hugely popular royal and Meghan was a great asset to the family.
“A year on, I think a lot of people are really angry and think that they have betrayed their family and lobbed a huge bomb into the heart of the institution and sort of taken a swipe at the UK as well.”
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Ms Junor described the crisis as worse than the abdication of Edward VIII.
“The circumstances are very different. Edward VIII was pushed out, whereas Harry and Meghan chose to leave, but I think this is more damaging,” she said.
“It looked as if Edward’s abdication was going to damage the monarchy, but in fact, it didn’t because his brother was ready to step into his shoes, and George VI did a really good job and restored the reputation of the monarchy.”
She added of the Oprah interview: “These are really terrible accusations that that will stick.”
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