Prince Harry: Expert discusses ‘short term damage’
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Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey may mean his “close relationship” with the Queen breaks down and “never fully recovers”. Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter told NBC’s The Today Show programme that the damage to the Royal Family will be “immense”. She compared to upcoming Oprah Winfrey interview to Princess Diana’s 1995 tell-all interview on BBC Panorama.
Today Show host Savannah Guthrie said: “In the Queen’s communications about any of these issues, she always takes pain to say she loves Harry and he remains a part of the family.
“Has this finally driven a real rift in the family relationship, especially when you talk about Prince Philip in the hospital right now?”
Ms Arbiter said: “I think the short-term damage will be immense.
“Just look back to 1995, when Princess Diana did her Panorama interview.”
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She explained: “Princess Diana and Princess Margaret had historically shared a warm and friendly relationship, they were quite close.
“But Princess Margaret felt that her tell-all interview was such a betrayal that their relationship never recovered.
“When we look at the coming months, Prince Harry is expected to come to London for Philip’s 100th birthday, to mark the Queen’s 95th birthday, he and William are meant to unveil a statue to Princess Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday.
“At the moment, given where relations are, where hostilities are, I can’t see how that can be anything but a devastating and traumatic experience for all involved.”
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The interview with Oprah, which will air in the US on Sunday and in the UK on Monday, is expected to detail Harry and Meghan’s short period as working royals together before they stepped down for a life in the US.
Ms Arbiter continued: “I think this promises to be incredibly damaging.
“The Royal Family are concerned about how this plays out in the days after the interview. You can imagine every nod, every look, every smile is going to be interpreted.
“That is the sadness in this. This is a real family at the centre of this. The Royal Family’s problems are playing out on the global stage.”
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Earlier this week, Robert Jobson stated the Royal Family is braced for an “almighty explosion” following the aftermath of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
He told Sunrise that the Royal Family is very worried regarding what will be discussed in the tell-all interview.
The royal commentator also questioned the timing of the interview as Prince Harry’s grandfather Prince Philip remains in hospital.
The Duchess of Sussex has said it is “really liberating” to be “able to make a choice on your own” in the latest teaser clip of her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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