Jennie Bond says William 'was right' about Meghan needing time
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been urged to move on from the “soap opera” following a raft of fresh claims in their explosive Netflix show. Royal expert Jennie Bond said the Duke of Sussex appears to want a public explanation from Prince William.
But the former BBC royal correspondent warned the move was a “guaranteed way to continue the soap opera” following the release of the last three episodes of Harry and Meghan’s six-part documentary yesterday.
Ms Bond highlighted Harry’s remark in the documentary that he and his wife were “moving on”, while Meghan spoke about wanting “peace”.
But the royal expert appeared to cast doubt on whether the couple – who are living in California after quitting the monarchy in 2020 – would follow through with the claims, saying “if only that were true” and pointing to the Duke’s looming tell-all memoir.
Writing in the i newspaper, Ms Bond said: “It sounds as if he wants William to explain himself publicly, which is of course both extremely unlikely and a guaranteed way to continue the soap opera.
“But he and Meghan have chosen to continue the soap with their marathon money-spinning ‘modern fairytale’ of love, tragedy, betrayal and war.
“Meghan’s grand finale is that she just wants ‘peace’ and to get back to the relationships ‘that anchor you’, which clearly are not those with the Royal Family.
“In the final scenes, Harry and Meghan skip along sandy beaches. According to Harry, he and his wife are now focused on moving on. .
“Next chapter: his tell-all memoir, hitting the bookshops in January. Happy New Year.”
In the second part of their Netflix show, Harry claimed he was unlikely to get “genuine accountability or a genuine apology” from his father King Charles or his brother William.
He said: “I’ve had to make peace with the fact that I’m probably never going to get genuine accountability or a genuine apology.
“You know, my wife and I, we’re moving on. We were focussed on what’s coming next.”
Among his most explosive claims are about Charles and William during the Sandringham summit organised by the late Queen in January 2020 to resolve the Megxit crisis.
The Duke said: “It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me and my father say things that just simply weren’t true. And my grandmother, you know, quietly sit there and take it all in.
“But you have to understand that, from the family’s perspective, especially from hers, there are ways of doing things and her ultimate, sort of, mission, goal/responsibility is the institution.”
Harry also claims Kensington Palace “lied to protect my brother” when it issued a joint statement in both their names the same day without his permission denying a story that William had bullied him out of the Royal Family.
He said: “Once I got in the car after the meeting, I was told about a joint statement that had been put out in my name and my brother’s name, squashing the story about him bullying us out of the family.
“I couldn’t believe it. No one had asked me. No one had asked me permission to put my name to a statement like that.
“I rang M and I told her and she burst into floods of tears because within four hours they were happy to lie to protect my brother, and yet for three years they were never willing to tell the truth to protect us.
“So there was no other option at this point. I said, ‘We need to get out of here’.”
Meanwhile, Meghan spoke about wanting “peace” in the final episode of the show.
She said: “Part of that, for me, is reclaiming, when you’ve lost a huge piece of yourself, getting that back includes getting back those relationships and those friendships, and things that anchor you to who you are.”
Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace have declined to comment on the Sussexes’ documentary.
But the royals were out in force last night putting on a show of unity for Kate’s Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey.
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