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Meghan Markle knew EXACTLY what she was doing with ’emotive not factual’ claims – expert

Meghan Markle 'humiliated' Archbishop says Levin

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Meghan and Prince Harry lifted the lid on their relationship with close relatives in the Royal Family during their two-hour-long interview. They also made blistering claims against the Firm.

While conceding Meghan and Harry made some serious accusations and revelations, one royal expert believes the interview was not meant to be a hard-hitting probe but rather an “emotive” conversation with Oprah.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “They gave a ‘bombshell’ interview on Oprah, giving their reasons for leaving and making accusations which they knew were toxic.

“This caused a media firestorm, the interview was mainly directed at the United States, where they had enormous support, as well as the wider world and not primarily at Britain where the reception was mixed, depending on the different age groups, and hostile from the press.

“The Queen put out a dignified 61-word statement which included the phrase ‘recollections may differ’ and which wisely stated the issues raised should be dealt with privately.

“Their interview was emotive rather than factual.”

Among the claims made during the interview, Meghan and Harry said that, while the Duchess was pregnant with Archie, “concerns” were raised over “how dark” the colour of the baby’s skin may be.

These conversations, Meghan continued, were taking place “in tandem” with other discussions over whether her son should get a title and security.

According to the Letters Patent issued by King George V in 1917, only the children and grandchildren on the male line of the sovereign are entitled to the HRH style and title upon birth.

This means Archie, who in May 2019 became the Queen’s eight great-grandchild, was not eligible for the title of prince at the time of his birth.

During the interview, Meghan showed to know this “convention”, as she said: “There’s a convention – I forget if it was George V or George VI convention – that when you’re the grandchild of the monarch – so when Harry’s dad becomes king, automatically Archie and our next baby would become prince or princess, or whatever they were going to be.”

Asked by Oprah whether the title was important for Meghan as it also provided the Duchess’ son with protection, she replied: “Yeah, but also it’s not their right to take it away… Right?

“And so, I think even with that convention I’m talking about, while I was pregnant, they said they want to change the convention for Archie.”

The Duchess also revealed she became suicidal while expecting Archie and claimed she was refused help by the palace.

As a result, she said she turned to a friend of Princess Diana who understood royal life and could support her.

She said: “I did not know who to turn to. One of the people I reached out to, who has been a friend and a confidante, was one of Diana’s best friends.

“Who else could understand what it is actually like on the inside.”

Meghan also claimed she and Harry got married by the Archbishop of Canterbury in their “backyard” with no witnesses three days before their public nuptials.

However, it later emerged this small ceremony was simply a private exchange of vow and Meghan’s remark has since been amended by a spokesperson of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Archbishop himself, who confirmed the couple’s real and legal wedding took place on May 19, 2018.

In the wake of the interview, the Royal Family put on a united front and continued to carry out engagements and visits as usual.

Two days after the interview aired in the US, Buckingham Palace issued a statement from the Queen, reading: “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.”

Prince William also spoke out about claims of racism when he responded to a reporter’s question during his first royal visit after the interview aired.

Asked whether the Royal Family was racist, he said: “We are very much not a racist family.”

Oprah With Meghan and Harry aired on ITV at 9pm on Monday March 8. You can still watch the full interview on the ITV hub.

Everyone struggling with mental health can call for confidential support the Samaritans in the UK on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch.

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