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Meghan Markle DID have a voice as a senior royal – Queen enabled her to speak up on issues

Meghan Markle: Commentator discusses upcoming interview

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Meghan was given the possibility to speak about her causes and passions by the Queen through her patronages and royal work, royal expert Angela Levin said. Appearing on Mail Plus’ Palace Confidential, Ms Levin said: “Meghan argued she didn’t have a voice within the Royal Family.

“Of course she did, because the Queen got lots of engagements for her and patronages that were right up her street – women’s rights, poverty among children, all these things.

“So she was speaking at them all the time, and actually often spoke when she and Harry went out, when she was very new to the Royal Family.

“So she has had a voice, but it wasn’t strong enough for her.”

Ms Levin spoke before CBS, the network airing tonight in the US Meghan and Prince Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, released a clip in which the Duchess of Sussex said she is finding it “liberating” to be able to make decisions for herself after stepping down as senior royal. 

The teaser was released during the network’s This Morning show, and features Meghan and Oprah recalling the first time the journalist approached Meghan for an interview before the Sussexes’ wedding in 2018.

The Duchess revealed she had politely turned down Oprah, explaining to her that was not the right time.

In the clip from the interview, set to air in the UK on ITV tomorrow at 9pm, Oprah asked: “What is right about this time?”

Meghan replied: “Well, so many things. 

“That we are on the other side of a lot of… a lot of life experience that has happened.

“And also that we have the ability to make our own choices in a way that I couldn’t have said yes to you then.

“That wasn’t my choice to make.

“So, as an adult who lived a really independent life to then go into this construct that is…different than I think what people imagine it to be it’s really liberating to be able to have the right and privilege in some ways to be able to say yes, I mean, I’m ready to talk.” 

Oprah chimed in saying: “And to say it for yourself, and not to have to consult with anybody at this point.”

Meghan added: “Yeah. To be able to just make a choice on your own and to just be able to speak for yourself.”

During the clip, Meghan also revealed how in 2018 she took Oprah’s call in the company of the communication team at the palace as she “wasn’t even allowed to have that conversation with you personally”.

Prior to the Oprah interview, Meghan said she knew “what it’s like to feel voiceless” in August last year.

In a statement in which she explained why she would vote in the 2020 US election, the Duchess said: “I know what it’s like to have a voice, and also what it’s like to feel voiceless.

“I also know that so many men and women have put their lives on the line for us to be heard.” 

On this instance, it isn’t clear whether Meghan was referring to her time in the UK or the Royal Family.

Meghan received four patronages in January 2019 – two of which had been passed on to her by the Queen herself.

Less than one year after her nuptials, the Duchess became the patron of animal charity Mayhew, Smart Works, the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

She also became the vice president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. 

As a senior royal, Meghan took part in important projects including the Smart Works capsule collection and the Hubb Kitchen’s cookbook Together.

She also became the guest-editor of the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, where she was able to shine a light on topics deeply important to her such as climate change and women’s rights. 

Following Meghan and Harry’s decision not to return as full-time working royals at the end of their 12-review period this month, the Queen has announced she asked the couple to return their military and royal patronages – including the National Theatre and the ACU. 

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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