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Queen attacked for 61-word ‘self condemning’ statement about Meghan and Harry’s claims

Prince Harry: Queen will 'reach out' about Archie claims expert

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US-based royal author Clive Irving believes the Queen’s 61-word response to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is “self-condemning”. In her statement, issued by Buckingham Palace last Tuesday, the Queen said the family was “saddened to learn the full extent” of the Sussexes’ struggles during their time as senior royals.

Appearing on Mail Plus’ Palace Confidential, the expert said: “The statement that was issued falls into the category of what I call the Captain Renault excuse – from Casablanca, when Captain Renault suddenly said ‘I am shocked, I am shocked to discover there is gambling going on in this club!’

“Well, it sounded like that from the Royal Family, ‘We are shocked, shocked to find out that Harry and Meghan have been suffering!’

“C’mon, give me a break. I mean, it sounds like the same kind of insularity.

“It’s self-condemning because it conveys a sense of insularity and unknowing that in itself is without mercy and it repeats the whole Diana saga, so in 26 years they seem to have done nothing.

“So in this whole fiasco they are appearing as a private institution which wants to resist any transparency at all about what goes on.

“They can’t lead that double life, it’s too much of a strain.

“Whoever runs the institution – it’s run by people, it’s not an abstract thing, it needs to wake up and modernise.”

Princess Diana spoke to Martin Bashir on a BBC Panorama special in November 1995, a bombshell interview which brought the Queen to order the couple’s divorce.

Meghan and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah was broadcasted in the US last Sunday and in the UK last Monday by ITV.

During this landmark interview, the couple opened up on their struggles within the Firm.

Meghan also said she was suicidal during her first pregnancy and claimed she sought support within the institution but was not given it.

The Duchess also said there were “concerns” surrounding “how dark” the skin of her firstborn would be – with these conversations being carried out in tandem with his entitlement to titles and security.

The Duke and Duchess also spoke about the reasons that brought them to announce their intentions to “step back” as full-time working royals.

Moreover, the couple discussed their relationship with senior royals.

Both Meghan and Harry shielded the Queen from criticism, with the Duchess saying the monarch has always “been wonderful” to her.

The Duke added he has been in touch with his grandmother more over the past year than for a long time before that.

On the other hand, they dealt blows to other senior royals – the Cambridges and Prince Charles.

The Royal Family did not respond to single claims made by the Sussexes during their two-hour-long chat.

Rather, the day after the Oprah interview aired in the UK, the Queen issued a statement, 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. Whilst 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.”

Last week, after this statement was issued, Prince William extraordinarily replied to a reporter’s questions on the interview during an engagement with Kate, saying the Royal Family was not racist and he had yet to speak to his brother.

As reported yesterday by US journalist and Meghan’s friend Gayle King, Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Prince William have since spoken.

Commenting on the outcome of this call, she said: “The word I was given was that those conversations were not productive but they are glad that they have at least started a conversation.”

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