Meghan Markle interview 'headache for Queen' says Bond
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave a shocking insight into their lives as a working royal couple during an interview with Oprah last night. During the candid interview aired on ITV, Meghan suggested her son Archie was not made a prince because of his race, even though rules set by George V meant he was not entitled to be one. She also spoke about the relief she felt now that she was no longer “silenced” by the Firm.
Historian Andrew Roberts argued the couple should now give up their HRH titles if they no longer wanted to be associated with an institution they said they “despised”.
His comments come as Harry is still a prince and the couple also retain the titles Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Mr Roberts said: “Harry and Meghan ought to resign their HRH titles and the Duchy of Sussex forthwith. Questions of whether they should have these titles removed should be beside the point.
“If they truly believe the monarchy to be quite so unpleasant and dangerous, and threatening to mental health, why would they not take the honourable way out of it as soon as possible?
“The monarchy has lasted a thousand years and will clearly survive this.
“Its strength is that it is a family and thus the passage of time always brings forward new personalities to take the place of the old.
“The Sussexes will live their lives in wealth and luxury in sunny California, but they should do so as Mr Harry Wales and Ms Meghan Markle, for why should they want to carry the escutcheon of an institution that they clearly dislike, despise, and even supposedly fear?”
Meghan also sparked backlash during last night’s interview when Oprah asked about Archie’s lack of title.
Oprah asked: “Do you think it’s because of his race? I know that’s a loaded question.”
Meghan replied: “I can give you an honest answer. In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we (had) the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title.
“And also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
However, Mr Roberts disputed Meghan’s claims as he said not all of the Queen’s grandchildren get an “automatic title”.
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He wrote in the Telegraph: “Meghan misled Ms Winfrey when she suggested that it was racism that prevented her son Archie from becoming a prince.
“The royals have been slimming down their numbers for years, and even the grandchildren of the monarch no longer have the automatic title of prince or princess, as the children of Princess Anne and Prince Edward demonstrate, let alone the great-grandchildren.
“Yet such an unchallenged accusation – made in that part of the programme when Prince Harry was mysteriously not present, as were so many of the worst allegations – is deeply damaging for British soft-power abroad, especially in the United States.
“Americans cannot be expected to know the minutiae of royal protocol, but they have been left believing that prejudice has prevented Archie from both becoming a royal and receiving royal security, which is untrue.”
Since Harry and Meghan quit as senior working royals, they have signed deals with Spotify and Netflix, which is estimated to be worth more than £100million.
Buckingham Palace previously said all were “saddened” by Harry and Meghan’s decision to permanently step down as working royals, but they remained “much-loved members of the family”.
But a source said Harry and Meghan had “absolutely, no question” they wanted to retain the positions they had lost.
They said: “They do respect the decision but they always made clear they were committed to doing the roles.”
A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess added that they have “offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role”.
Meanwhile, Prince Charles just chuckled when he was asked if he had seen his son’s interview with Oprah as he carried out a public appearance today.
At the end of a visit to an NHS pop-up vaccine clinic in a north-west London church, a member of the press asked: “Sir, what did you think of the interview?”
Charles turned to look at the reporter as he left the building, then carried on walking, chuckling.
In the interview, Charles was singled out for criticism by his son Harry, who said he had stopped returning his calls when he was trying to discuss stepping down as a working royal.
Harry also said about his father: “I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like. I will always love him, but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened.
“And I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship.”
Buckingham Palace has yet to respond to a string of allegations made by Meghan and Harry in their Oprah Winfrey interview.
Oprah With Meghan and Harry aired on ITV on Monday night. You can watch the full interview afterwards on the ITV hub
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