Meghan and Harry exposed ‘lots of cracks below surface’ in Royal Family: ‘It’s ugly’

Meghan and Harry: Royal family ‘nervous right now’ says expert

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave an explosive interview to Oprah Winfrey earlier this year in which they made some astonishing claims about their time as working royals. Meghan described how she experienced suicidal thoughts while she was pregnant with Archie and claimed the institution did not help her with her mental health struggle. What’s more, the couple claimed that a senior member of the Royal Family raised “concerns and conversations” about how dark their baby’s skin might be when he was born.

These two shocking claims came amid a large number of smaller accusations, such as Prince Charles stopping taking Harry’s calls and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge making Meghan cry, despite reports at the time that the opposite was the case.

One royal commentator has branded the revelations “ugly” and claimed Meghan showed the world that things were not as perfect on the inside as they appeared to be from the outside.

Pod Save the Queen host Ann Gripper interviewed columnist Darren Lewis on Facebook Live about Meghan and Harry’s journey and how they came to step down from their royal roles.

Reflecting on the impact of the Oprah interview, Mr Lewis said it has revealed the cracks below the surface, but argued this was an important step and that many people found Meghan speaking out “empowering”.

He said: “There’s an argument for saying that the Royal Family is not unlike any other family in that they give the illusion of being perfect from the outside, but from the inside there are a lot of things that go on behind closed doors that they want to keep behind closed doors.

“And there are a lot of cracks below the surface.

“I think what Meghan exposed… that interview with Meghan, for the Royal Family, was ugly, it was awful, it portrayed so much that there wasn’t to like about the Royal Family

“But it was necessary, it was important.

“It had a huge ripple effect, because lots of black and brown men and women around the country felt able to speak, they were empowered by her and they felt like they were in a position to be as bold as she was in speaking out.”

He added that the Royal Family’s statement afterwards acknowledged that there were issues and that they would try and resolve those issues in-house.

Mr Lewis said that was “a step in the right direction”, although he noted that none of the Royal Family’s social media channels had wished the Sussexes a happy three-year wedding anniversary last week.

The columnist added that, while the “optimism” he felt on the day of their wedding three years ago did not pan out, he did not think anyone’s perception of the Royal Family has changed.

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Having said that, he emphasised that a lot of people will think the spotlight should be more on Prince Andrew than on Harry and Meghan.

Harry has continued to speak out about his life in the Royal Family since the interview with Oprah.

He was a guest on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast in which he claimed “genetic pain” had been passed down to him from his father Prince Charles, who in turn had it from how he was raised by the Queen and Prince Philip.

Harry has also spoken out in his mental health series for Apple TV+ alongside Oprah Winfrey.

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He made heartbreaking comments about feeling anxious and experiencing panic attacks related to his work as a royal.

He said he wanted to drink and take drugs to “mask” the pain and wanted to leave the Firm even in his twenties.

Meanwhile, the Royal Family is still reeling from the claims in the Oprah interview, which they said they take “very seriously”.

In a statement, they said: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.

“While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”

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