Harry and Meghan: Royal expert criticises Oprah interview
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s controversial sit-down interview was planned to be re-aired by ITV with a newly edited version, according to Neil Seal. The royal commentator also suggested the plans have since been scrapped after securing the rights to broadcast a series of Royal Family projects, including Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge’s special carol service this Christmas.
Mr Sean claimed: “Now, here’s the inside track because I was told that there were plans to put out a re-edited version of that interview with some scenes that we’d never seen before.
“Suddenly that’s all been scrapped you get the picture here now what’s interesting to note is it was sort of scrapped once.
“Of course, it got to the ears inside palace walls now, this would have been extremely bad taste by ITV to actually rethink about putting the interview out after all it caused so much heartache for our gracious Majesty the Queen and other senior members of the British Monarchy.
“It would have been foolish given the fact that they’d been bestowed that carol’s service by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
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“But the bigger picture could be this, ITV are now in a serious battle to make sure that they become the main broadcaster for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations and it wouldn’t work very well, would it?.
“If they re-screened an interview that could possibly anger upset and cause distress to her Majesty the Queen on such a wonderful forthcoming year.”
Express.co.uk has contacted ITV for comment.
Prince Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey was aired in March 2021.
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The interview sparked controversy over some of the claims the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made.
Harry and Meghan alleged a member of the family inquired about Archie Harrison’s potential skin colour ahead of his birth.
The allegations sent shockwaves in the Royal Family, with Prince William coming out to defend the institution and said: “We are very not a racist family.”
Meghan also admitted to having suicidal thoughts and spoke about the “practicalities of how she was going to end her life.”
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The Duke confirmed that the conversation took place on the way to the Royal Albert Hall in London while Meghan was six months pregnant.
He said: “I was ashamed that it got this bad.
“I was ashamed to go to my family because, to be honest with you, like a lot of other people my age could probably relate to, I know that I’m not going to get from my family what I need.”
He then added: “History was repeating itself.”
The Duchess expressed: “It was a very real and frightening constant thought.
“I remember that he just cradled me, and I went to the institution and I said I needed to go somewhere and get help, and I was told that I couldn’t, because it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”
Buckingham Palace was deeply hurt by the allegations and issued a statement: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“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.
“Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
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