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‘Patriarchal’ Britain threatened by Meghan Markle’s outspoken nature claims commentator

Meghan Markle's lawyer discusses the bullying claims

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Speaking on the BBC’s ‘Princes and the Press’, columnist and broadcaster Rachel Johnson said that the Royal Family is still part of a “very patriarchal” and “hierarchical country”. She suggested that some journalists prefer Kate because she is “not political” and “doesn’t open her mouth very much in public.”

She said: “There are women journalists, who basically say ‘Kate is perfect, she’s our English rose.’

“They have a perfect template of what they want a Royal female to be: not political, doesn’t open her mouth very much in public, who makes very short, scripted speeches on very safe subjects.

“Whereas Meghan Markle will talk about period poverty. She will talk about racism. She will talk about female empowerment.

“These are trigger subjects in this country, where the Royal Family, despite being led by the Queen for 70 odd years is still a very patriarchal, hierarchical country.”

The second part of ‘The Princes and the Press’, which explored the Meghan and Harry’s exit from the royal family, aired on BBC2 at 9pm this evening.

This comes after Prince Harry complained to the BBC over their proposed use of the word ‘Megxit’ as the title of the episode.

The BBC has since changed the title of the second part of their documentary, choosing to use the term ‘Sussexit’ instead.

The episode told the story of the “circumstances around the decision of the Sussexes to step down from their senior royal roles”.

The BBC approached Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace for comment.

They provided the following joint statement: “A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy.

“However, too often overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”

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