Prince Harry 'told Queen about Oprah over the phone' says Burrell
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have set the world on fire with their extraordinary interview with Oprah Winfrey, airing on ITV tonight at 9pm. It is widely considered to be the most significant intervention in the Royal Family in a generation ‒ since Princess Diana and the War of the Waleses. However, one royal commentator has argued that the couple are not doing what they had promised the Queen they would do when they stepped down as senior royals.
An official statement from Buckingham Palace at the time said: “While they can no longer formally represent the Queen, the Sussexes have made it clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.”
Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
Mr Myers argued that airing the Royal Family’s dirty laundry on TV is not exactly upholding the Queen’s values.
He said: “If they’d done the interview and go, ‘We’re b****y glad we left that because it’s just mad over there and we just didn’t want anything to do with it anymore; people might think we’ve made the wrong decision but I’m telling you what, I got my family out for the right reasons and I stand by that’ ‒ how could you argue with it?
“It’s the absolute process that they’ve gone through and the way that they keep on not kind of keeping their end of the bargain.
“I think when you come back to the Sandringham statement, it was ‘we will uphold the values of Her Majesty’.
“And how are they doing that by keeping on doing this?”
Indeed, the Royal Family’s motto, taken from the Queen Mother, is: “Never complain, never explain”.
This essentially means that they should stay silent, even when they are criticised.
By ignoring critics, they keep the power of neutrality, rather than becoming defensive.
Mr Myers’ comments, which were made before the full Oprah interview aired, came after the royal expert compared Harry’s jovial attitude in his interview with James Corden for The Late, Late Show with the “melodramatic” trailers for the Oprah interview.
He said in recent years, Harry has appeared very “moody” and at odds with the press, very different from his attitude in his youth.
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However, in the interview with James Corden he seemed happy again, and relaxed.
Mr Myers noted: “You speak to people, my colleagues, who have been doing this a long time ‒ Harry was happy-go-lucky, loved being around the press, had a great relationship with them, was the rogue that they all loved to work with.
“Then he was in the army, he loved that aspect of his life.
“And then ever since then, I’ve only ever known him having real big problems and scowling and being moody at different events and what have you.
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“And for the very first time I’ve ever seen him ‒ even when he was in southern Africa there was always this level of ‘I don’t want to be here, I don’t want you to be here’, then the ITV documentary, he was getting a lot of stuff off his chest.
“In the Corden interview, he looks really, really happy and he looks relaxed for the first time, and why wouldn’t you be?
“He’s in the Californian sunshine, he’s away from this toxicity.
“And then you go back to the Oprah interview and it all becomes quite melodramatic and drama music and I’m interested to see how it is.”
Indirectly addressing the “never complain, never explain” motto in the Oprah interview, Meghan claimed that the Palace would defend other members of the Royal Family for “artificial” and “inconsequential” things, but refused to defend herself and Harry against an onslaught of criticism.
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Oprah With Meghan and Harry is on ITV at 9pm on Monday March 8. You can watch the full interview afterwards on the ITV hub.
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