Meghan Markle and Harry: Expert discusses future in US
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are considered to be “up there with the Obamas and Oprah Winfrey” by many Americans, according to LA Times Columnist Patt Morrison. The journalist has been speaking to ITV Royal Editor Chris Ship on his documentary, ‘Harry and Meghan: The Week That Shook The Royals’. The feature investigated the impact of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Oprah interview, and how they had gained a sympathetic audience in the US.
Ms Morrison told viewers: “I think they will be up there with the Obamas, with Oprah Winfrey.
“People who are not just actors, film stars, but people who have dedicated themselves to causes.
“In that, they’re almost setting up a parallel Royal Family, which will be doing a lot of things that the Royal Family itself does.
“I think the monarchy is perceived generally as very fuddy-duddy and out of date.”
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She continued: “The expulsion and the wish to depart from the Royal Family by Harry and Meghan was another indicator of that.
“This is a family that can’t keep up.
“This country was besotted with images of Diana, the Princess of Wales, coming on her White House visit, dancing with John Travolta.
“As a consequence, I think most of this country has already chosen Team Meghan and Harry, much as it chose Team Diana over Team Charles.”
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The interview had made Americans view the couple in a far more favourable light, according to a Morning Consult poll.
The analysis of 2,200 US adults pre-interview and 838 post-interview found the share with a favourable view of Meghan surged from 45 percent to 67 percent following the broadcast.
Harry’s popularity with American respondents shot up from 46 percent to 69 percent.
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Trisha Goddard, a British TV presenter now living in the US, explained the response: “This is not just racism, but snobbishness.
“The Americans think their princess went overseas and married a prince, and she wasn’t good enough for them.
“The Queen seems to, of all of them, come out better than everyone else. The statement came from her, Granny’s the one doing all of the mending.
“The rest of the Royal Family though, many people are asking why they are all so silent.
“People ask, ‘why is his dad so quiet?’”
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