Meghan and Harry have ‘influence’ despite becoming ‘whipping boys’ for the British public

Meghan and Harry are like the ‘whipping boys’ says Myskow

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been defended by a Jeremy Vine panellist, after their recent trip to New York attracted criticism over their private jet use and its similarities to a royal tour. Nina Myskow branded the criticism “lazy” and argued that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had been “pushed out” by the Establishment, which led them to step away from the monarchy and relocate to California. 

Speaking on the Jeremy Vine at 5 show, Nina Myskow said: The thing is, they have influence, whether you like it or not.

“Just to criticise them for the very sight of them or the very sound of them has become such a knee-jerk reaction.

“It’s lazy, they’ve become like the whipping boys.”

Nina Myskow was defending the couple, after fellow panellist Nana Akua branded their behaviour “sickening” and accused the couple of behaving like members of the Royal Family. 

The duo later had a heated debate regarding speculation suggesting Prince Harry and Meghan were filming for a Netflix documentary that would detail their post-royal lives. 

Nina Myskow continued: “They’re not necessarily making a documentary on themselves, but even if they were, what would be the problem with that?

“Let’s just cut to the chase, they left this country not necessarily voluntarily.

“They were kind of pushed out by the establishment, they were pushed out by William, the jealousy between William and Harry – they were far more popular than William and Kate so they had to be sidelined.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry speak at Global Citizen Live

Prince Harry and Meghan announced in January 2020 that they would be stepping down as senior working members of the Royal Family. 

At the time, it was reported that the couple wished to relocate to North America to enjoy a private life, as they had struggled under the intense media scrutiny since their wedding. 

However, during their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, the Sussexes spoke openly about their rift with Buckingham Palace, and their difficulties with the institution. 

Allegations included Palace aides refusing to correct damaging tabloid articles, ignoring Meghan’s mental health and that an unnamed member of the Royal Family had made a racist remark. 

Prince Harry has suggested that jealousy played a part in his rift with Prince William, after attitudes changed following Meghan’s success on their South Pacific tour. 


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Since leaving the Royal Family, Meghan and Harry have gone on to sign a multi-million-pound deal with Netflix and Spotify, and have established their own non-profit organisation, Archewell.

The couple arrived in New York last Wednesday, for their first post-royal in-person engagements, as they spent 3-days touring the city. 

On Thursday, they joined the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, for a photocall at One World Trade Centre, and attended a roundtable discussion with the World Health Organisation. 

Other engagements included a visit to a Harlem primary school, a meeting with the US ambassador for the UN, and an appearance at the Global Citizen Live concert. 

Whilst in New York, the couple were accompanied by several security guards, as well as a number of NYPD officers. 

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