Meghan Markle and Harry’s UK future in doubt after bringing ‘hail of fire’ against Queen

Meghan Markle interview: Philip had 'fruity words' says expert

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Meghan and Prince Harry left the Royal Family reeling with the claims and revelations made during their first joint sit-down interview since Megxit. Their interview with Oprah, which aired in the US on March 7 and on the following day on UK’s ITV, was welcomed by American viewers.

However, the British public appeared to be more critical towards Meghan and Harry and many sided with the Royal Family, as demonstrated by a survey carried out in the wake of the interview.

The fallout will make it difficult for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to return to the UK, according to brand and reputation management expert Eric Schiffer.

He told “The future for Harry and Meghan in Britain is highly challenged.”

Mr Schiffer spoke about the claims made by Meghan and Harry during their interview with Oprah as a “rarely seen” charge against the “respected and honoured” institution of monarchy. 

Claims of racism, in particular, Mr Schiffer continued, positioned the Firm in a “crippling and ghastly way” and risked eroding public trust in the monarchy.

The Sussexes’ interview with Oprah targeted an American audience, the expert also said.

He explained: “In America, they have positioned themselves as victims, and there will be many that will respond to that in the US.

“This was a campaign designed for America. 

“In England, many will feel this was massively disloyal on the part of Harry and that they have decided to bring a hail of fire against the Queen who has dedicated her life to public service and inflicted serious reputational damage on Buckingham Palace that did not need to occur.”

Indeed, a snap poll carried out in the wake of the Sussexes’ interview showed Britons’ opinion on the Sussexes shifting.

Meghan and Harry’s popularity in the UK plunged in the aftermath of the Oprah interview, according to a YouGov poll.

Of the 1,664 British adults polled between March 10 and 11, less than half (45 percent) said to have a positive opinion of Prince Harry. 

Those who said to regard him negatively were 48 percent, resulting in a net favourability score of -3.

This marked a major drop of 15 points since YouGov’s last favourability poll carried out between March 1 and 2.

Similarly, Meghan’s popularity fell by 14 points since early March, with 58 percent, or six in 10, saying they had a negative view of the Duchess of Sussex after the Oprah interview.

31 percent of those polled, three in 10 people, said they had a positive opinion of the Duchess.

The study also showed Prince Charles was the only senior royal to see his popularity chipped following the interview. 

Meghan and Prince Harry told Oprah about their relationships with senior royals, with the Duke of Sussex lifting the lid on his bond with Prince Charles, accused of no longer taking his son’s calls after having spoken twice about his Megxit plans.

Prince Harry also said his relationship with Prince William is of “space” at the moment.

On the other hand, the Duke of Sussex said to have been often in touch with his grandmother the Queen.

Meghan spoke about Kate, saying she is a “good person”.   

She also spoke about claims first reported in autumn 2018, saying the Duchess of Sussex had made Kate cry in the run-up to her wedding with Harry.

However, Meghan claimed the reverse had actually happened – but Kate had owned up to it and apologised, she said.

Meghan also spoke about racism in the Royal Household, saying “concerns” were raised while she was pregnant with Archie over “how dark” his skin would be.

These conversations, she added, happened in tandem with discussions on whether he would get security and a title.

The Queen responded to the interview with a brief statement, saying the family was saddened to learn the extent of Meghan and Harry’s struggles over the past few years.

Responding to allegations of racism, she said: “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.”    

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