Meghan Markle and Harry: Pundit criticises 'inconsistencies'
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Prince Harry is currently in the UK for the first time since Prince Philip’s funeral in April. His visit is in preparation to unveil a statue of his late mother Princess Diana in the grounds of Kensington Palace. His brother Prince William will also attend the event, with royal watchers eagerly watching for any signs of the tension that has bitterly enveloped their relationship in recent years.
The intensity of this bad blood ramped up after Meghan and Harry spoke together and separately in several broadcast interviews earlier this year.
The biggest upset came when the pair sat down with US talk show host and close friend Oprah Winfrey, aiming several allegations at the Royal Family, both at its members and at the establishment.
Many were left attempting to decipher several of the claims made in the course of the chat, including on allegations of racism towards their son Archie.
When asked why she believed Archie was not set to be made a prince, Meghan said: “I can give you an honest answer. In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time . . . so we have in tandem the conversation of ‘He won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title’ and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
Of the “concerns”, Harry said: “That conversation I’m never going to share, but at the time . . . at the time, it was awkward. I was a bit shocked.”
It stung the Royal Family, with many noting its credibility and status would be severely damaged as a result.
While noting that she didn’t “mean to make light”, Maureen Callahan, a US columnist writing in the New York Post, claimed that withholding the identity of who had allegedly made the comments was symptomatic of their adopted “cliffhanger” lifestyle.
Ms Callahan noted the separate “scandals” of alleged “bullying” by Meghan of her royal staffers, her going “mental” over blankets that “weren’t her preferred shade of red”, among other things.
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All of these instances, as well as those revealed during the Ms Winfrey interview, has led Ms Callahan to eagerly await what Meghan might do next.
Discussing the Duchess of Sussex’s claims that life inside palace walls felt “almost unsurvivable”, she wrote: “That the royal family badgered and bullied and failed to protect them, even as the Queen worked out an exit plan that left the door open for re-entry should these two crazy kids find that their skills on the open market, sans the working royal halo, prove less than profitable — especially as they planned to be so private.
“Yep, sounds like the actions of a cold-blooded, racist, Machiavellian old lady.
“Also: Meghan, who hilariously claimed to have no involvement in the so-called tell-all book ‘Finding Freedom,’ admitted last November that in fact she did help.
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“But not enough to generate headlines — that book was lighter than air. Nope.
“Meghan was holding back for Oprah, knowing how desperate she was to land an interview.
“Meghan is a creature of Hollywood, after all, and she knows how to deliver a cliffhanger.
“Can’t wait to see what happens next.”
While Meghan has published her first children’s book, ‘The Bench’, she has not appeared in any interviews since sitting down with Ms Winfrey.
Harry, meanwhile, has appeared in a number of them, including the ‘Armchair Expert’, and in the first episode of his and Ms Winfrey’s new Apple TV+ series, ‘The Me You Can’t See’.
While Ms Callahan argued that the pair withheld certain information in preparation for a bombshell interview, Meghan did make clear why she was hesitant to reveal specific names.
When asked: “And you’re not going to tell me who had the conversation?” she replied: “I think that would be very damaging to them.”
The pair ruled out the Queen and Prince Philip.
Many have noted that this left only a handful royals they could be talking about
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