Prince Harry: ’No one can replace what he did’ says expert
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The Duke of Sussex spoke out against certain aspects of the institution into which he was born, and raised them in his interview with Oprah Winfrey, alongside his wife Meghan Markle. Harry said he believes his family are “trapped within the system” of the Royal Family, adding: “My father and brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.” He also claimed there is a “level of control by fear that has existed for generations” regarding the relationship between the royals and the press.
Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
Ms Gripper emphasised in the podcast that the Royal Family are always in a state of self-preservation as they have seen other monarchies being overthrown and republics put in their place.
However, she said it sounded like Prince Harry would be happy to see the demise of the monarchy, because he thinks his family are all trapped and that people should have a choice in their lives.
She said: “There is nothing essentially that says we will be a monarchy forever and that is one of the things that the Royal Family are aware of and do need to be aware of, of their public position and what perception there is of them and are the people happy with how their money is being spent.
“Is there going to be some kind of reckoning?
“I mean, I don’t think the guillotines are going to come out, I think that time is past and left a few centuries ago hopefully.
“But I mean, it sounded like Prince Harry would be quite happy for the whole thing to be disbanded, because he thinks they are all trapped and in a cage and it would be much better for people to have a choice rather than being in a zoo, to choose that life essentially.”
According to recent Deltapoll data, 51 percent of the UK public think Harry’s actions have damaged the reputation of the monarchy.
In fact, many view the situation with Harry and Meghan leaving the Royal Family, and speaking out about their experiences from across the pond, as the worst crisis the Royal Family have faced since Princess Diana died in 1997.
The Sussexes seem to have split opinion down generational lines, with young people being more pro-Sussex, which could prove awkward for the Royal Family in the future.
Mr Myers argued that this means the monarchy must “continue to evolve if it is to remain relevant in the modern world”.
Harry and Meghan’s bombshell Oprah interview will have caused further tensions between them and the rest of the Royal Family.
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The couple claimed that Meghan was not properly supported when she was struggling with mental health problems and suicidal thoughts, and that a member of the family raised “concerns” about the potential skin colour of their baby before he was born.
When asked about the interview outside a royal engagement, Prince William said the Royal Family were “very much not a racist family”.
CBS presenter Gayle King revealed that the brothers had spoken on the phone but the conversation was “unproductive”.
Now, after the sad death of Prince Philip, 99, last week, Harry has flown back to the UK to attend his funeral.
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He will come face to face with the rest of the family for the first time since the interview on Saturday, for which he will be allowed to break quarantine on compassionate grounds.
Meghan has not accompanied him to the UK because she is pregnant with their second child, who is due in the summer.
The Queen’s husband of 73 years was said to be “baffled” by his grandson’s decision to step down as a senior royal.
He himself dedicated himself to a life of service after his father-in-law, King George VI, unexpectedly died in 1952 and his wife became the new Queen.
In his 65 years as a working member of the Royal Family, he completed over 22,000 solo engagements and supported over 700 organisations as patron or president.
He was always determined to keep the monarchy strong by moving it with the times, after seeing what can happen when a royal family becomes unpopular.
His family had had to flee Greece when he was just a baby after an anti-Monarchist movement overthrew the King and threatened their lives.
Prince Philip’s funeral will be held in Windsor at 3pm on Saturday.
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