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Meghan Markle backlash: Bemused reporter turns Oprah interview’s article segment on head

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On Sunday, CBS broadcast a sensational two-hour interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, during which Meghan discussed her time with the Royal Family and revealed she ended up developing suicidal thoughts. The Duchess also revealed, prior to Archie’s birth in 2019, at least one other Royal Family member raised “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin would be”.

During the programme, Ms Winfrey discussed the British media’s attitude to Meghan, whilst a number of UK newspaper headlines appeared on screen to illustrate her point.

The interviewer said: “When Meghan joined the Royal Family in 2018 she became the target of unrelenting, pervasive attacks.”

One of the headlines included, from the Daily Telegraph’s Michael Deacon, was titled ‘The real problem with Meghan Markle: she just doesn’t speak our language’.

However, Mr Deacon noted today the article was published on December 19, 2020, nearly a year after the Sussexes announced their royal exit plans the previous January.

Mr Deacon wrote: “Could it really be true that my column about poor Meghan had helped drive her out of Britain? What an awful thought.

“On the whole, though, I decided that it was unlikely – for a fairly simple reason.

“My column was published on December 19 last year, more than 11 months after Meghan announced she was stepping down as a senior royal.

“So unless Meghan has access to a time machine, I tend to suspect that my influence on her decision was, at most, negligible.

“Especially as, up to that point, I’d never written a single word against her.”

Mr Deacon’s accused Meghan of speaking “Californian”.

He wrote: “Essentially, it’s like a hippie version of corporate management-speak: schmaltzy gushing mixed with robotic jargon. It’s the language of people who are perpetually boasting about how ‘humbled’ they are.

“And there appears to be nothing on earth they aren’t ‘passionate’ and ‘excited’ about, or ‘empowered’ and ‘inspired’ by.

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“To her fellow Californians, phrases like these no doubt seem entirely unexceptionable. But to British ears, they’re excruciating.”

During the interview, Meghan admitted she suffered periods of intense loneliness after joining the Royal Family.

At one, whilst in Nottingham Cottage on the Kensington Palace estate, she said: “I left the house twice in four months. I couldn’t feel lonelier.”

The Duchess compared herself to the titular character from The Little Mermaid who “falls in love with a prince and because of that she loses her voice”.

Prince Harry added he felt “trapped within the system” during his time as a working royal and feared, with reference to his mother, that history was “repeating itself” with Meghan.

Regarding Princes Charles and William he added: “My father and my brother are trapped.

“They don’t get to leave and I have compassion for that.”

According to Nielsen, which monitors US television use, the CBS Oprah interview was watched by an average of 17.1 million viewers.

It was broadcast the following day in the UK by ITV.

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